Innovation in Mining
The Innovation in mining Australia 2016 report highlights results on the state of innovation at work in Australia, presenting the innovation landscape as it stands and identifying key innovation drivers and focus areas from which to bring to life the mine of tomorrow.
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The Australian mining industry is going through one of the most intense periods of change we have ever seen, and the ability to innovate – to evolve, adapt, and improve – is indispensable.
With the mining industry’s focus on maximising volume during the boom phase of the cycle, inefficiencies became embedded in operations, organisational structures and in back office functions. When the cycle turned, the industry shifted its focus to unrelenting and often brutal cost-cutting efforts, followed by successes in operational excellence and continuous improvement. With so many gains now realised, the industry has to ask itself, where to from here?
We’ve found a local industry well-placed to lead the world in mining innovation, and with a consensus that it is true innovation that will drive the next wave of productivity gains and financial growth. Yet our study revealed that despite this recognition and our industry capabilities, many barriers still exist to the
Firstly, while many companies ask innovation actions of individuals, they fail to recognise that innovation is a team sport that requires all players to participate. Secondly, people tend to conflate innovation with creativity –
For any business imperative to be taken seriously, it must have a clear set of measurable results. Innovation is no different. When we start to measure our innovation efforts, we will start to see truly transformative changes
Lastly, innovation should no longer be an ask, but a demand. As executives, employees, shareholders and
About the Innovation in mining Australia 2016 report
Innovation in mining Australia 2016 is conducted by Deloitte in association with Diggers and Dealers and the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). This is the third report in a three-part global series including Canada and Africa. Based on local market insights and research from the South African (2016) and Canadian (2015) mining innovation surveys, we know industry-wide, integrating innovation strategy across functions will determine whether mining companies will succeed or fail.
Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum 2016
Deloitte is proud to be a sponsor of Diggers & Dealers 2016 which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Held every year in Kalgoorlie, regional Western Australia, Diggers & Dealers is a leading annual mining conference which draws delegates from across the mining, exploration and professional services industries and includes presentations by listed mining and exploration companies. Visit our Diggers & Dealers Special Edition of the WA Index to learn more and download the report.
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