Technology Investment Priorities in Mining in North America, 2015

Overall trends in the data revealed: The primary technologies in which respondents plan to increase investments are vehicle-related, specifically collision avoidance, fatigue management, real-time video training, remote control/machine automation, and fleet management. For each of the 12 areas, at least 55% of respondents already have these technologies in place at their sites. 29% of respondents are currently using autonomous vehicles, with a further 6% planning on implementing in less than 2 years. Safety is the leading driver of technology investment, followed by productivity improvements and then cost reduction..

Scope

The report is based on responses from a survey of 101 senior managers at operating mines in Canada and the US, responsible for the purchase of equipment for plant and mine operations, along with its consumables. This included four different commodity groups and a range of surface and underground mining operations. Respondents were asked to outline their current and future intentions for technology investments across 12 areas, which included mine design, mine survey equipment, scheduling and optimization, equipment health monitoring and machine automation. The report outlines the drivers for these investments and outlines safety, productivity and cost cutting needs as influential in decision-making.

Reasons to buy

Understand what factors most influence technology investment, and how this varies by commodity group, mine type, company size and country.

Target the segments with the greatest opportunity for technology products and services.

Segment the market according to those fully invested, those partially invested and those not considering investment in each technology.

Companies mentioned

Caterpillar

Minestar

Detect

GE Mining

CAS

Hexagon Mining

SAFEmine

Becker Electronic

PAS

Komatsu

Acumine

4CAST

Joy Global

Track Shield

P&H

Jannatec Technologies

JAWS – Jannatec Advanced Warning System

Newmont Mining

Wenco International Mining System

Leica

Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary

2 Technology Investment Intentions in North America

2.1 Benchmarking Investment Intentions across 12 Technologies

3 Technology Investment Intentions for Mine Management

3.1 Technology Investments in Mine-Management Tools

3.2 Mine-Management Technology Investment by Mine Type

3.3 Mine-Management Technology Investment by Commodity

3.4 Mine-Management Technology Investment by Company Size

3.5 Mine-Management Technology Investment by Country – Technologies Already In Place

4 Technology Investment Intentions for Vehicles

4.1 Overview of Vehicle-Related Technologies Investments and Intentions

4.2 Vehicle-Related Technology Investments by Mine Type

4.3 Vehicle-Related Technology Investments by Company Size

4.4 Vehicle-Related Technology Investments by Commodity

4.5 Vehicle-Related Technology Investments – Remote Control and Machine Automation

4.6 Automation in Mining Equipment and Autonomous Vehicles

5 Safety is the Key Driver of Technology Investment

6 Recommendations

7 Appendix I

7.1 Selected Data Tables

8 Appendix II

8.1 Survey Background

8.2 Analysis of the Survey Sample

9 Appendix III

9.1 What is This Report About?

9.2 Methodology

9.3 Contact GlobalData

9.4 About GlobalData

9.5 Disclaimer

List of Tables

Table 1: Respondent Intentions to Invest in 12 Mine-Site Technologies (%), 2015

Table 2: Top Areas for Future Technology Investments (%), 2015

Table 3: Mine-Management Technology Investment Intentions (%), 2015

Table 4: Intended Mine-Management Technology Investment by Mine Type (%), 2015

Table 5: Intended Mine-Management Technology Investment by Commodity (%), 2015

Table 6: Intended Mine-Management Technology Investment by Company Size (%), 2015

Table 7: Mine-Management Technology Already in Place by Country (%), 2015

Table 8: Vehicle-Related Technology Investments and Intentions (%), 2015

Table 9: Intended Vehicle-Related Technology Investment by Mine Type (%), 2015

Table 10: Intended Vehicle-Related Technology Investment by Company Size (%), 2015

Table 11: Intended Vehicle-Related Technology Investment by Commodity (%), 2015

Table 12: Respondent Plans for Using Autonomous Vehicles On-Site by Mine Type (%), 2015

Table 13: Respondent Plans for Using Autonomous Vehicles On-Site by Commodity (%), 2015

Table 14: Rankings of Dominant Drivers of Technology (%), 2015

Table 15: Rankings of Dominant Drivers of Technology by Commodity (%), 2015

Table 16: Rankings of Dominant Drivers of Technology by Country (%), 2015

List of Figures

Figure 1: Operating Mines in the US and Canada, 2015

Figure 2: Respondents’ Intentions to Invest in 12 Mine-Site Technologies (%), 2015

Figure 3: Top Areas for Future Technology Investment (%), 2015

Figure 4: Main Driver of Technology Investment (%), 2015

Figure 5: Respondents’ Intentions to Invest in 12 Mine-Site Technologies (%), 2015

Figure 6: Mine Management Technology Investments and Intentions (%), 2015

Figure 7: Intended Mine-Management Technology Investment by Type of Mine (%), 2015

Figure 8: Intended Mine-Management Technology Investment by Commodity (%), 2015

Figure 10: Mine-Management Technology Investment Intentions by Companies Earning over US$10 billion (%), 2015

Figure 11: Mine-Management Technology Already in Place by Country (%), 2015

Figure 12: Mine-Management Technologies – Do Not Have But Considering Investing, by Country (%), 2015

Figure 13: Vehicle-Related Technology Investments and Intentions (%), 2015

Figure 14: Intended Vehicle-Related Technology Investments by Mine Type (%), 2015

Figure 15: Intended Vehicle-Related Technology Investment by Company Size (%), 2015

Figure 16: Intended Vehicle-Related Technology Investment by Commodity (%), 2015

Figure 17: Remote-Control and Machine Automation Investments by Mine Type (%), 2015

Figure 18: Planned Investments for Remote-Control and Machine Automation Technologies On-Site by Commodity (%), 2015

Figure 19: Respondent Plans for Using Autonomous Vehicles On-Site (%), 2015

Figure 20: Respondent Plans for Using Autonomous Vehicles On-Site by Mine Type (%), 2015

Figure 21: Respondent Plans for Using Autonomous Vehicles On-Site by Commodity (%), 2015

Figure 22: Rankings of Dominant Drivers of Technology (%), 2015

Figure 23: Comparisons for Main Driver for Technology Investment by Commodity (%), 2015

Figure 24: Ranking of Dominant Drivers for Technology by Country (%), 2015

Figure 26: Respondent Countries (%), 2015

Figure 27: Survey Respondents by Mine Type (%), 2015

Figure 28: Survey Respondents by Commodity (%), 2015

Figure 29: Survey Respondents by Company Size (%), 2015

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