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Keeping the earth moving – how Komatsu has altered its business model to relieve pressure on coal producers

VISIT LONGWALL WEBSITE   The last few years have seen significant pressure on Australian coal producers, with inflation, extreme weather, and government royalty hikes adding further weight to the industry’s labour, financing and energy costs. While the sector makes necessary adjustments to preserve profit margins, Komatsu - a global manufacturer and distributor of earthmoving and…

4 Mar 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources

The perfect spot for a mineral sands separation facility, but no mine in sight

At conferences, Brett Hoyle of Currumbin Minerals, often gets asked why his company developed a mineral sands separation plant hundreds of kilometres from the nearest mine. His answer is surprisingly simple. “Firstly, it’s the legacy of our founder, Alfred Newman, who had a passion for black sand on local beaches, back in 1929. It’s a…

1 Mar 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Business | Energy & Utilities | Mining & Resources

How Kwinana is working towards its net zero future

VISIT KWINANA WEBSITE   With the likes of BP and Woodside Energy planning hydrogen hubs, the Kwinana Industrial Area of the Western Trade Coast is fast building a reputation as a hotspot for decarbonisation initiatives. But with plans to build a new port, Westport, now steaming ahead, what will this mean for the area’s carbon…

3 Aug 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources

Combating the major talent shortage in WA

Western Australia (WA) is experiencing a chronic shortage of skilled labour to the tune of 25,000 workers – a figure that Consultant Peter Dyball predicts to get “worse before it gets better”. Speaking to Informa Connect before the Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference, Peter said the mining sector will remain among the hardest…

1 Mar 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Mining & Resources

How could Australia help support the steel industry’s net zero future?

As the world’s largest producer of iron ore and a major contributor of its derivative, steel, Australia is facing immense pressure to support the steel industry’s net zero future. Currently, the steel value chain is accountable for around 7 percent of global emissions, with blast furnace production and the shipping of unprocessed ore feed largely…

24 Feb 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources | Occupational Health & Safety

How far off is a ‘zero harm’ longwall mine?

Thanks to advancements in automation and remote operating technology, the longwall mine is a much safer place than it was ten years ago. Tools like inertial navigation systems - which are accurate enough to measure the earth’s rotation and can detect the precise orientation of a shearer as its travels up and down the coal…

7 Feb 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources

How machine learning is improving prospectivity modelling

Victoria is believed to have the richest orogenic gold endowment of any state or region globally. However, the majority of its gold remains hidden beneath younger sediment cover, with few near-surface signs of mineralisation at depth. In recent years, explorers have been progressively moving into these undercover areas, as surface discoveries dry up. Many geologists…

12 Dec 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources

Major new gold breakthrough a near-term possibility – says MD of Falcon Metals

After a patient wait for farmers to reap their late harvest, Falcon Metals is soon set to resume drilling beneath the paddocks northwest of Bendigo, Victoria – and Managing Director Tim Markwell is hopeful about what his team will unearth. The several phases of infill drilling that took place in previous field seasons revealed several…

9 Dec 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources

How 3D printing is set to revolutionise mineral sands production

BOOK NOW Conference Website 3D printing technology may soon be able to manufacture separation spirals for minerals sands extraction, thanks to a new device engineered by researchers in Australia. While 3D printing has been around for many years, mineral separation spirals are too large to be created using off-the-shelf 3D printers, meaning a purpose-built tool…

24 Oct 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources

The outlook for TiO2

Three black swan events in as many years have meant a tumultuous period for titanium dioxide (TiO2), but the industry may be heading for calmer waters, according to mineral sands expert, Reg Adams. COVID-19, China’s economic downturn, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine may have rocked the boat, but the industry will ultimately see a…

20 Sep 2022, by Amy Sarcevic
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