Former Xstrata CEO Mick Davis may become Rio Tinto new chairman

Former Xstrata chief executive Mick Davis, the current leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, is said to be the frontrunner to become Rio Tinto’s new chairman. People familiar with the matter told Sky News the South African-born businessman has held talks with Rio over the position held until the end of the year by retiring chairman Jan[…]

Glencore to spend $956M to increase stake in Peru's largest zinc producer

Miner and commodities trader Glencore (LON:GLEN) is buying 26.73% of the voting shares in Peru’s largest zinc producer, Volcan Compañía Minera SAA, in a deal worth at least $531 million. The Swiss company will pay $1.215 per class A common share, which will help it boost its current 7.68% interest in Volcan and which could[…]

Rio Tinto back on track to haul iron ore in driverless trains in 2018

Rio Tinto (ASX, LON:RIO), the world No.2 iron ore miner, is closer than ever to having a network of driverless trains in Western Australia as it has completed its first long-haul journey with a completely autonomous locomotive. The milestone trip, spanning nearly 100 km (60 miles) with trains operated by individuals in an air-conditioned control room[…]

Anglo American appoints takeovers expert as new chairman

Anglo American (LON:AAL), the world’s fifth largest diversified miner, has appointed Stuart Chambers to succeed Sir John Parker as chairman of the group. Chambers, 61 and former chairman of UK chip designer Arm, will join Anglo as a non-executive director in September, replacing Parker in November. Stuart Chambers is known for his active participation in the sale of several[…]

Here's why the iron ore price is tanking

The destruction of iron ore and coking coal prices in the past week has been brutal. Northern China 62% Fe import prices are down more than 12% since last Friday after losing another $4 on Friday to below $60 a tonne. Measured from its February peak, the steelmaking raw material is down a stomach-churning 37%.[…]

South32 buys stake in Canada’s Arizona Mining for $81 million

Australia’s South32 (ASX, LON, JSE:S32) is investing some of its $1.5 billion of cash in a minority stake in Canada-listed Arizona Mining (TSX:AZ), which plans to develop a zinc-lead-silver project in Arizona. Deal comes only two weeks after South32 walked away from a $200 million planned acquisition of Peabody Energy’s coal mine in New South Wales. As part of[…]

BHP puts US shale assets back on the block amid investors pressure

Mining giant BHP Billiton (ASX, NYSE:BHP), (LON:BLT) is once mulling the future of its US-based Fayetteville shale gas assets to focus on more lucrative opportunities in oil, but said decision was not related to activist investor Elliott Management’s call earlier this month for an overhaul of the firm. The company, which last year logged its largest-ever[…]

Top 50 biggest mining companies

Less red ink more blue sky MINING.com and sister company IntelligenceMine‘s ranking of the world’s 50 largest mining companies based on market value continues to show an industry in recovery. At the end of the first quarter this year the top 50 companies had a combined worth of $842 billion. In total these companies’ added $258[…]

Mining industry leaders meet again at PDAC 2017

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) International Convention, one of the world’s leading minerals and mining events, kicked off Sunday amid increased optimism in the global industry. Now in its 85th year, this annual event brings together the industry from around the world to downtown Toronto. More than 22,000 attendees from 125 countries were[…]