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Will graphite explorers benefit from the renewable energy transition?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Exploration, Future, Mineral Economics, Mining, PhD, Publications, Research, Strategy

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The final presentation I made in 2017 was at Mines and Money in London, and the first on behalf of Richard Schodde and MinEx Consulting. Many of the companies and analysts at the conference were focused on the battery metals industry. In line with this, I was invited to give an overview of the graphite industry, its role in the…
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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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The future(s) of mineral exploration

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Exploration, Future, Management, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, PhD, Publications, Research, Strategy

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At the TARGET Conference (Perth, Australia) in April, I was able to present a poster and abstract on my PhD research entitled "The future(s) of minerals exploration". The work reviews my PhD studies so far (nearly finished) including the background research that inspired the research (wny we need more and better exploration), the reasons why a scenarios methodology was chosen,…
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