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Copper Mine Production Costs Continue to Fall

Halifax, Nova Scotia, 24 March 2015

Announced today, after a decade of rising copper mine costs, analysis carried out by SNL Metals & Mining based on its recently-launched mine economics database shows that there has been a steady decline in total cash costs over the past three years.

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SNL Metals & Mining March Monthly Industry Monitor

Halifax, Nova Scotia, 18 March 2015

SNL Metals & Mining's latest Monthly Industry Monitor reveals another set of depressing statistics. The first two months of the New Year have failed to dispel the gloomy market conditions for the international mining industry.

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Global platinum market ends 2014 in deficit

London, 11 March 2015

The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) today announces the publication of its second Platinum Quarterly - the first independent, freely-available, quarterly analysis of the global platinum market. The report incorporates analysis of annual platinum supply and demand for 2014, including a detailed review of the platinum market in Q4 2014, and a 2015 market forecast.

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The Ups and Downs of Gold Recycling

London, 5 March 2015

The gold-recycling industry will undergo important changes in the coming years. The Ups and Downs of Gold Recycling: Understanding Market Drivers and Industry Challenges; written and  published today by the World Gold Council and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), analyses the economic drivers of the global gold recycling market and highlights important future industry trends including; a shift in concentration of gold recycling from west to east, increased difficulty in obtaining gold from electronic products as less is used in modern devices, and potential consolidation within the recycling industry across the entire value chain.

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Annual World nonferrous Exploration Trends 2015

London, 3 March 2015

The latest World Exploration Trends report from SNL Metals & Mining reveals mining companies responded to the poor market conditions with a sharp reduction in their exploration activity. The result was a 26% decline in worldwide nonferrous metals exploration budgets in 2014, compared with the previous year.

 

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Metals: buyers and sellers to play a waiting game

London, 26 February 2015

There will be weak momentum in the metals deals market in 2015 according to a new report from PwC. The report,Metals Deals: Forging ahead, predicts that, as in 2014, the lack of convincing, strong and sustainable growth in the global economy will keep metals deals in a low gear, or even stalling in some parts of the world. 

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Renewable energy and mining

London 24 February 2015

This February, two major announcements triggered huge interest in the topic of renewable energy and mining. Sandfire Resources have declared their intention to build a 10.6MW PV plant at their DeGrussa copper mine in Western Australia. The project would be approximately 10 times as big as the largest existing solar–diesel hybrid power plant in the mining sector. Just a week later, South African-focused Sibanye Gold announced plans to build a 150MW solar plant to gain control over their energy costs, which make up 20% of their total costs. It can be expected that this is only one step in a major shift toward renewable energy application in the mining sector.

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Iron ore market to remain oversupplied in 2015

Houston, 9 February 2015

With January witnessing the price of iron ore falling to its lowest levels since May 2009, Roger Emslie,  Principal Metals & Mining Consultant for Wood Mackenzie says there is little to suggest the picture is likely to pick up in 2015 with demand set to remain "slower not lower" and therefore prices will remain low for longer.

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China's Steel exports to remain strong after record year

London, 3 February 2015

Customs data shows total Chinese exports of steel products, last year, reached an “all-time” high figure of almost 94 million tonnes. This equates to a year-on-year increase of more than 50 percent. To put the latest figures into context, Chinese steel exports in 2014 were equivalent to 90 percent of the total output from the world’s second largest producing nation – Japan, over the same period - MEPS International.

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2015 LBMA Forecast Survey

London, January 2015

A record thirty five analysts representing thirty one different companies participated in the LBMA's 2015 Forecast Survey. Contributors are forecasting that average gold prices will remain broadly flat, a modest increase in the silver price and a slightly more bullish outlook for both platinum and palladium. 

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