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Hyster has introduced a series of tire handling trucks for demanding applications in mining and other heavy industries.
Parker Hannifin’s new GlobalCore line, comprising five hydraulic hoses and two fittings, is claimed to significantly reduce engineering and service complexity.
Chicago Pneumatic’s new CP6748EX, ATEX certified and IP6-rated industrial duty ½-in. impact wrench is designed to provide a higher level of protection against accidental ignition of flammable gasses...
Komatsu America’s new D155AX-8 crawler dozer has an operating weight of 89,300 lb and is rated at 354 net hp, with power coming from an SAA6D140E-7 EPA Tier 4 Final...
Hitachi Construction Machinery has launched two rigid dump truck models—the EH3500AC-3, providing a nominal payload capacity of 181 metric tons (mt) with an operating weight of 322,000 kg; and the...

CSR Watch

By Joseph Kirschke, News Editor-Mining For Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources Ltd., the timing could hardly have been worse: Just as Canada issued its latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards for...
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Suppliers Report

Volvo Construction Equipment announced that it is now offering the first in a series of engine conversion kits that allow Volvo customers to resell their Tier 4i/Stage IIIB machines outside of the...
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Mining Markets

Total silver industrial demand is forecast to grow 27%, adding an additional 142 million oz of silver demand through 2018 compared with 2013 levels, according to a new report issued recently by the...
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Mining Operations & Strategies

JKTech, the technology transfer company for the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland, has established a Mining Leaders’ Program, described as a “revolutionary”...

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

Happy New Year. As 2015 begins, most mining companies will gladly bid farewell to 2014. As it does every year, E&MJ published the Project Survey. Readers will notice that the tabular data that describe many of the new projects is much shorter than years past. The survey sums it up succinctly, “…boardrooms have become increasingly reticent to...
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Precious Metals ($/oz)

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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