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Shock and ore: Minerals for the defence industry

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Media, Publications, Strategy

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Another Strictly Boardroom article published last year looked at the role of metals and minerals in the defence industry. The issue of 'critical' or 'strategic' minerals, particularly for the defence industry has been of increased salience in recent years. Whilst the military broadly uses most metals and minerals - it uses buildings, automobiles, and consumer products, just like the rest…
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Which markets are the future stars of the ‘critical metals’ industry?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Exploration, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, Publications

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Last year I presented a keynote at the Argus Media-Metal Pages China Metals Week in Guangzhou, entitled "Which markets are the future stars of the 'critical metals' industry?" The presentation looks at which of the critical metals, those defined as small important metal markets with supply constraints, have the potential to outgrow their current constraints and become large, industrial metals…
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What is the ultimate physical metal investment?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities

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Unlike most metals, a large proportion of gold's 'consumption' is to hold it as a physical investment. What is it that makes gold a good physical investment, and with gold at its current highs, are there alternative metals, or even any other elements, that could provide an alternate investment opportunity? If so, what are the implications for the mining industry…
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