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Officials at BHP Billiton have announced the layoff of 700 workers at its central Queensland coal operations, amid a slackening market; the BHP Billiton-Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) runs seven mines in the...

Process Solutions

Stillwater Mining Co. mines, smelts, refines, and markets palladium, platinum and byproduct metals contained in ore from a geological formation in southwestern Montana, USA, known as the J-M Reef....

Mining Equipment Gallery

Emerson Process Management’s new CSI9360 vibration/position transmitter isintended to provide an economical solution for extending basic protection to compressor, pump and fan assets. Developed...
Caterpillar said its new 824K wheel dozer builds on the performance of predecessor models with engineering refinements in its power train, operator station and structures, and in features that...
ARI-HETRA has introduced the WSBL2000 heavy-duty brake drum and disclathe, designed specifically for truck andtrailer wheels. According to the company, the WS-BL2000 brake lathe produces an evenly...
AFEX fire suppression systems are designed and purpose-built to protect heavy off-road equipment from the threat of fire. At the heart of these systems is the AFEX Control Unit, which employs the...
Gates' new iLok coupling addresses issues frequently encountered in underground longwall coal mines, where traditional staple-lock couplings often become corroded and can fuse together, making them...

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Suppliers Report

ABB has won a $103 million contract from Vale to install electrical and automation systems at the Brazilian mining company's S11D iron ore mine in the Carajás region of northern Brazil, as part of a...
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Mining Markets

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief Market fundamentals are working against miners. Investor confidence, especially with the U.S. equities market, and an improving sentiment toward the U.S. economy are...
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Mining Operations & Strategies

Chile is known worldwide for copper mining and wine production. In several areas of the country, these two activities coexist. For example, a concentrator facility owned by Chilean-Romanian mining...

Brazil Mining

Brazil’s immense resource base, and enormous economic and political clout are creating a mining powerhouse that could dominate for generations.


This report was researched and prepared by Global Business Reports ( for Engineering & Mining Journal. Editorial researched and written by Marina Borrell Falco, Matilde Mereguetti, Caroline Stern and Ozgur Erguney. On the cover, at Fortaleza de Minas, Votorantim Metals produces nickel for the company’s Niquelândia plant. (Photo courtesy of Votorantim)

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From the Editor

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief Annually, the October edition of E&MJ covers Nordic Mining & Technology. This year, the subject has been divided into two feature articles. The first covers mining activities in the region (Nordic Mining) and the second discusses some of the developments among suppliers in the region (Nordic Technology), who are also...
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Precious Metals ($/oz) Base Metals ($/mt) Minor Metals ($/mt) Exchange Rates (U.S.$ Equivalent)
Gold $1,284.90   Aluminum $1,736.50   Molybdenum $29,500.00   Euro (€) 1.3873
Silver $19.02   Copper $6,670.50   Cobalt $29,800.00   U.K. (£) 1.6890
Platinum $1,428.00   Lead $2,070.50         Canada ($) 0.9120
Palladium $824.00   Nickel $18,070.00   Iron Ore ($/dmt)     Australia ($) 0.9280
Rhodium $1,060.00   Tin $23,050.00   Fe CFR China $105.25   South Africa (Rand) 0.0950
Ruthenium $72.00   Zinc $2,025.50         China (¥) 0.1620
Gold and silver prices provided by KITCO Bullion dealers ( Platinum group metals prices provided by Johnson Matthey ( Non-ferrous base and minor metal prices provided by London Metal Exchange ( Iron ore prices provided by Platts Iron Ore Index. Currency exchange rates were provided by the