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Rio Tinto to double number of autonomous drills at Pilbara mines

Driverless trucks at the same iron ore operations already haul over a quarter of both ore and waste material.

Caterpillar results prove global economy in good shape

The machinery manufacturer logged earnings of $2.82 per share on revenue of $12.9 billion, surpassing expectations.

Sibanye-Stillwater partners with Wits to create the 'mine of the future'

In partnership with the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) at the University of the Witwatersrand, the company launched the Sibanye-Stillwater Digital Mining Laboratory (DigiMine).

Liebherr to invest $45 million expanding footprint in US mining sector

Company is growing its Virginia facility, which will cover over 251,000 square feet once completed.

Rio Tinto speeds up driverless fleet expansion in Australia

Fifteen autonomous trucks will be introduced to West Angelas iron ore mine, in the Pilbara region.

Gekko supplies technology for Native Copper Gravity Circuit

New Afton’s new gravity circuit addition will consist of Gekko's largest InLine Pressure Jig (IPJ) unit - the IPJ3500 – as well as an IPJ2400 and its proven Mag-Screen technology. It will be installed in the existing ball milling circuit.

Rio Tinto autonomous trucks now hauling a quarter of Pilbara material

The miner's autonomous haulage system (AHS) fleet has already moved over one billion tonnes of ore and waste material within the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Caterpillar beats estimates again, delivers bullish outlook for 2018

The world's largest mining and construction equipment maker beat market expectations for fourth quarter earnings and said its sales growth momentum is expected to continue in 2018.

Planetary Resources a step closer to mining asteroids with spacecraft launch

Data obtained from the Arkyd-6 will be use in the development of the Arkyd-301, Planetary Resources next spacecraft platform and the beginning of its space resource exploration program.

These five technologies will shake up the mining industry in 2018

In the last few years of companies being forced into more cost-saving and efficiency measures have naturally bred innovation.

Luxembourg, Japan team up to explore and mine space resources

The five-year cooperation agreement covers the exchange of information and expertise on the exploration and mining of out-of-earth resources.

Canada’s Goldcorp challenges you to disrupt mining

Miner is calling companies and individuals to participate in #DisruptMining, a challenge aimed at accelerating the pace of innovation in the sector by thinking differently and seeking cross-sector collaboration.

BHP tightens belt, targets $1.6bn in cost-cutting at Australian operations

The world’s No.1 miner is targeting as much as $1.6 billion in productivity gains at its iron ore, copper and coal units in the country over the next two years.

Report calls for open standard for 3D applications in mining industry

Many job functions including surveyors, geologists, mine engineers, and managers, need to be able to move from one 3D data application to another with consistency and relative ease in order to manipulate 3D projects while collaborating with clients and colleagues.

UN urges miners to better regulations needed to prevent disasters

According to the UN Environment Program's latest report, most of the 40 significant mine waste accidents in the past decade have involved dams or other storage areas that failed.

Planetary Resources readies asteroid mining technology for Dec. launch

The Arkyd-6 spacecraft includes core technology that will be used in the company’s asteroid exploration program.

BHP needs 120 new workers at its Olympic Dam in Australia

The mining giant will add those jobs during the next 12 months.

Liebherr to expand presence in America’s mining sector

The equipment maker has a very strong presence in Europe, Australia and Africa, but says in North and South America there's plenty of room for improvement.

This truck will help Liebherr become a bigger name in mining

Company is finishing up first field trial for its T 236 diesel electric truck and it expects to have it commercially available by the end of 2018.

This new method for getting gold from e-waste may be just what miners need

Canadian start-up EnviroLeach has created a new environment-friendly chemical process with the potential to transform precious metal extraction in the mining and electronic waste (e-waste) sectors.

Millions of dollars in gold end up in Switzerland’s sewers every year

Researchers estimate that roughly 43 kg of gold — worth about $1.8 million at current prices — and 3,000 kg of silver (worth nearly $1.7 million) were flushed away last year.

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

Staff sitting hundreds of km away oversaw successful pilot run.

Aussie consortium to spend $12m in research to boost copper production

Initiative is part of South Australia’s government strategy that aims to triple the state's copper production to one-million tonnes a year by 2030.

Canada does not need more oil sands pipelines, report claims

A report by the Centre for International Governance Innovation argues the global push to reduce carbon emissions over the next three decades will reduce the size of future oil markets.

Scientists figure out how to make it rain diamonds

It's the first time the event has been reproduced in a lab environment similar to the one within Neptune and Uranus.