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Monday, December 3, 2012
“Battle of the Balance Sheets” Underway in Mining Productivity Drive
Pressure from lower commodity prices, high and rising costs and the lowest labour productivity in a generation has ignited a new war on costs within the mining sector, but this will not threaten a forecast boom in mining production over the next decade, according to a new report from leading independent economic forecaster and industry analyst, BIS Shrapnel.
According to the Mining in Australia 2012 – 2027 report, mining investment, production, contractor services and employment will follow very different paths over the next five years. While the mining investment boom in Australia will peak soon and then decline, it will remain at very high levels overall. Meanwhile, a new boom is developing in mining production and services such as maintenance.
However, growth in employment will not keep pace with the expansion in production as miners seek to restore productivity lost during the furious race to invest in new capacity since the mid-2000s.
Contact: Adrian Hart