On the speaking circuit in 2015 a new rhetoric has emerged.

Tough would be the most appropriate word to describe the current climate for capital raising within the junior resources sector.

Mining rental companies may have to start targetting the civil construction industry, diversifying away from a reliance on mining in an effort to survive the downturn.

Continuing tough economic conditions mean capital costs and spending decisions are coming under greater scrutiny, especially for the mining industry, which is working through difficult times as investment growth slows significantly.

Employment and change management in the downturn.

During the mining boom, record commodity prices encouraged the development of high-cost projects.

With most minesites utilising groundwater that is high in mineral content, many miners are faced with water carrying systems that require large amounts of time dedicated to maintenance as a result of scale build-up.

Technology start-up Resource Governance International (RGI) has struck a deal with South African mining software company Specsoft to obtain the rights and intellectual property to its RCubed product.

To prevent the failure of electronic systems as a result of overloaded circuit boards, global test and measurement specialist HBM has released a new strain gauge measuring amplifier that provides exact results for accurate stress load management.

Due to the mobile nature of many minesite assets, Leica Geosystems Mining has released Leica Jasset, a monitoring solution to locate mobile and semi-mobile assets.

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