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November 25, 2021
NEXTDC : How operational excellence is helping reduce organisational risk

NEXTDC : How operational excellence is helping reduce organisational risk

‘Excellence’ is a word bandied around freely in the modern world; not always appropriately. For organisations trying to advance their digital transformation strategy and get the best out of Hybrid IT, it’s a moving target of achieving resilience, risk mitigation , consistently high performance, and the flexibility to facilitate decisive change. Faultlessly serving your customers is dependent upon nothing short of 100% commitment to: Service availability Safety and sustainability; Impenetrable security; and Outstanding customer service. Risk mitigation is a huge operational challenge and compliance failure in any of the above can hugely impact the broader business strategy. Pursuing excellence in the way we operate our facilities is rooted in the need for our customers to eliminate inherent risk associated with the cloud migration projects that are transforming every aspect of their organisations. Excellence by design These outcomes don’t materialise out of thin air. There are always people, processes, and […]

November 25, 2021
Industry News Markets US moves to double Canadian softwood lumber tariffs

Industry News Markets US moves to double Canadian softwood lumber tariffs

CFI file photo. The U.S. Commerce Department is moving forward with an administrative review decision to double the tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber shipments into the U.S. to 17.9 per cent from nine per cent. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has condemned the move, calling it “the worst time” to add to housing costs as the U.S. faces a national housing affordability crisis. “Home builders are grappling with lumber and other building material supply chain bottlenecks that are raising construction costs. And consumers are dealing with rising inflation that is pushing mortgage interest rates higher,” said Chuck Fowke, chairman of the NAHB. Fowke called on the White House to end tariffs and help restore price stability to the lumber market. According to a news release from the U.S. Lumber Coalition, producers south of the border are on track to have produced an additional 17.5 billion boardfeet of […]

November 24, 2021
Sustainability Packaging: How Committed is Your Brand?

Sustainability Packaging: How Committed is Your Brand?

Courtesy of LPS Industries As the country and the world continue to work towards decreasing pollution and reducing the carbon footprint, producers of flexible packaging need to be responsive to how it is perceived. Being able to recycle packaging is becoming more and more important to consumers. At the same time, consumers continue to want convenience and safety for their packaged goods, as well as freshness. But what is sustainable packaging? SustainablePackaging.org offers this definition: Sustainable Packaging: Is beneficial, safe, and healthy for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle Meets market criteria for both performance and cost Is sourced, manufactured, transported, and recycled using renewable energy Optimizes the use of renewable or recycled source materials Is manufactured using clean production technologies and best practices Is made from materials that are healthy throughout the life cycle Is physically designed to optimize materials and energy Is effectively recovered and utilized […]

November 24, 2021
Women are the mining industry's major hope

Women are the mining industry’s major hope

The mining industry can afford to be left out of changes to society. Viewpoint Hogsback The mining industry needs to incorporate the diverse values of the broader community if it hopes to gain the support of political and corporate leadership. Increasingly, diversity in the workplace is being adopted across the broad spectrum of Australian society. This is slowly but surely changing the culture of workplaces – making them more inclusive and flexible to the varied needs of the different groups represented in working teams. The mining industry cannot afford to be left out of this change if it does not want to be branded a pariah. Coal mining is already struggling to maintain its social licence to operate in Australia with the growing emphasis on controlling climate change and the global urgency to reach net zero by 2050. This is despite coal being Australia’s second largest export and […]

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November 24, 2021
4 Emerging Trends Driven by the Global Mining Boom

4 Emerging Trends Driven by the Global Mining Boom

The future is bright for the global Natural Resources industry; we have seen advancements in innovative solutions and technology implementation. Companies are experiencing breakthroughs in Safe operations through big data, improvements in water management, material handling, and automation enablement. Miners and Oil and Gas producers are streamlining contractor engagement, improving project management, off siting technical support, and expanding their use of external “local” resources. We see new business models, financing solutions, talent management, and an employee engagement focus supported and enabled by adopting digital and analytics tools that help front-line decision-making. These measures improve the operator’s License to Operate and deliver ESG outcomes which enhance operational resilience. The Mining Industry is preparing now to meet the future challenges – the demands of the global economy in a decarbonized, connected, post-COVID-19 world with a new focus on electrification and production of electric vehicles. Poised for continued recognition and growth, the […]

November 24, 2021

How blockchain is changing mining and metals supply chains

We round up some of the leading companies turning to blockchain solutions in their mining supply chains The mining and metals market has long suffered the inefficiencies of manual and paper-based processes that have impacted performance. The need for transparency, in tandem with stricter ESG compliance regulations, has pushed the sector towards the adoption of blockchain solutions to address these challenges, according to an article from Microsmallcap.com . Blockchain technology brings with its transparency, reliability, scalability, and traceability to mining supply chains allowing these companies to track the metals and mining supply chains for transparency in carbon emissions, water use, human rights abuses, and finances. Among the companies turning to blockchain solutions are MineHub, FOBI AI, Tesla Motors, Glencore, and Aspen Technology. MineHub is an open, enterprise-grade platform for digital trade and the first publicly-traded pure play end-to-end digital supply chain solution for the mining and metals industry. The […]