MINExpo 2016 Highlights Advances in Mining and Processing Technology

E&MJ Engineering and Mining Journal, Nov 30, 2016
Despite a soft market, miners converge on the Las Vegas convention center to see the latest gear, learn about the market and make new connections.

Thousands of people attended the opening session. The theme was the Global Outlook for Mining and Fox News analyst Nina Easton moderated a panel of executives, which included a U.S. copper miner, Red Conger with Freeport McMoRan; a U.S. gold miner, Gary Goldberg with Newmont Mining Corp.; a U.S. silver miner, Baker from Hecla; a U.S. coal operator, Crutchfield from Contura Energy; and a U.S. mining equipment manufacturer, Ted Doheny with Joy Global. The discussion touched on everything from technology to industry disruption to the difficulties with the public policy environment for mining. As one would expect, the coal operator, who had recently emerged from bankruptcy, and the equipment maker were the least optimistic. Riding a wave of higher prices, the precious metals miners were cautiously optimistic. In general, they offered a realistic outlook for commodity markets for 2017 and beyond, which was positive.

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