Tracking the trends 2021

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Tracking the trends 2022

Redefining mining

The top 10 issues transforming the future of mining

The next decade will witness some of the most exciting and transformative years in the mining industry’s history. What will successful mining and metals companies look like in a low-carbon, low-waste, purpose-driven future?

A convergence of factors has emphasized the need for change. Among them, of course, is the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world of work, digitization, and the growing need to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) commitments with central business functions. But the biggest underlying driver and opportunity for transformation lies in the green energy transition.

Change on this scale is daunting, which is why, in its 14th year, Tracking the Trends has focused on effecting transformation. The following 10 mining industry trends provide a toolkit to help companies not only profit from whatever the future might bring, but to leave a positive social impact as their legacy.

Tracking the trends 2022
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Tracking the Trends 2021

2020 took the world by surprise as COVID-19 cut through most companies’ best laid plans, forcing leaders across the mining sector to refine their strategic objectives, recommit to their stakeholders, and reset their priorities. Tracking the trends 2021 looks beyond the pandemic and focusses on how the longer-term trends in the industry are impacted and what new trends are on the horizon.

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Tracking the Trends 2020

Over the past few years, the mining sector has made significant strides to steer through disruption and volatility. However, they continue to grapple with a host of external challenges—from an uncertain geopolitical landscape and technological disruption to increased demands from communities and investors. How can miners succeed and lead from the front?

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Tracking the Trends 2019

Disruption and volatility have become the new constant for the mining sector, which now grapples with issues like rising stakeholder demands, talent shortages, tarnished reputations, an evolving threat landscape, and dwindling access to key resources such as energy and water.

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Tracking the Trends 2018

Over the past decade, commodity prices reached both historic highs and historic lows, mining companies engaged in both significant acquisitions and consolidation, and operational realities shifted irrevocably in the face of a digital revolution.

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Tracking the Trends 2017

With many commodity prices on the rise, shallow growth returning to different markets and most mining companies in better cost positions than in the recent past, companies now face some key choices as to where to invest and how to position themselves in the coming years.

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