Global Business Reports


Alice Pascoletti, Lindsay Davis, Elisa L. Iannacone

Western Australia Mining 2017 Pre-Release

April 27, 2017

A recent change in government brings some uncertainty to WA, as the iron ore giant is forced to look to alternative commodities given fluctuating market prices. With a forward-thinking mentality, Australian risk-takers are front in line to develop projects that will address the global need for lithium, graphite and cobalt in the era of the lithium battery. As global innovation leaders, WA is implementing the latest equipment, working hard to diminish human factor risks through wireless technologies and automation. Service providers are fighting a race against time to provide the best solutions for IoT, Big Data and Data Lake management. While consulting firms are developing the latest strategies to protect clients from cyber-security breaches.

With a strong international focus, WA companies continue to explore new frontiers, with renewed interests in West Africa and Latin America. New junior IPOs and capital from retail and super-annuation funds have entered the mining industry, alluding to a positive outlook for the sector. Though the current political global climate might soften Chinese investments in-country, Europe and Japanese conglomerates maintain a strong interest in WA. With a strong regulatory framework, that can sometimes feel over-regulated, the state remains a safe and wise place to invest for the longer term.


Venus Metals has a varied portfolio of different mineral deposits and is currently concentrating on meeting growing demand for the minerals required by batteries.
Independence Group outlines its current projects in Western Australia and its plans going forwards.
PCF Capital Group describes the investment trends currently affecting the Australian mining industry.
Novo Resources, based in Vacouver, is developing Gold assets in Australia, set to begin construction at Beatons Creek in 2018.


Chile Mining 2024 Pre-Release

The Chilean mining renaissance has begun. In 2024, the country is set to experience its first increase in copper production since 2018, driven by Codelco’s production surge and Teck Resources’ Quebrada Blanca II coming online. This year also saw the first major regulatory update since 1983 with amendments to Law No. 21,420, which modernized the mining framework. The government has shown strong support for the industry by committing to reduce permit processing times by a third and proposing 20 actionable measures to streamline processes. Additionally, Chile classified its 69 saline environments, leaving 31 open for private development and initiating a request for information process in April to rapidly advance these areas.



"We plan to double our copper production by the end of the decade. There remains significant upside potential in the gold industry, and the copper operations are strategic and additive to that."