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Fortescue Metals makes good pizzas

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Case Studies, Management, Mining, Publications, Strategy

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In the continued catch-up on September's Strictly Boardroom articles on MiningNewsPremium.net with Allan Trench, last week's article (12th Sept) was about Western Australian iron ore major Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), pizzas and electric car maker Tesla ("FMG makes good pizzas"). The obscure trifecta is linked by a corporate strategy example. The example focuses on an anonymous mid-tier pizza chain locked…
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Bullish at the ITRI Tin Conference

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Mining, Travel

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Greenfields recently spent the week in the junior mining hub of Vancouver. We were there to present the results of a tin mine cost modelling exercise to the board of ITRI, the tin industry body, and to attend ITRI’s International Tin Conference. The conference left us with multiple reasons to be bullish about tin. Plenty of positives for tin The…
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Mining Journal Gold Seminar raises political risk worries

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Exploration, Mining, Travel

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London's mining scene gathered in force at the Mining Journal's Gold Day. However, we left with concerns about the extent to which gold prices are being supported by investors, and about increasing political risk for gold miners, which is reducing some miners' leverage to the booming gold price. Investor-supported gold Just how much the current high gold price has been…
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Summer in Perth, Winter in London

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Exploration, Mining, Travel

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Having cleverly avoided the frigid London winter (only just - the aeroplane had to be de-iced on the runway before take-off) by spending January in Perth, Australia, it’s only fair to share some thoughts on this mining hot spot. In particular, its contrast with London, which seems to be in the grip of a harsh physical and financial winter. Summer…
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