“Mining is on the cusp of a technological revolution that will fundamentally change our industry,” he said, adding that, “it will be a perquisite for the mining industry to continue to thrive.”
O'Neill said miners needed to put aside their traditional conservatism and reluctance to adopt new, unproven technologies as, “tomorrow's winners will be today’s pioneers. Those that do not implement innovation will struggle to survive”.
Anglo American is clearly looking to be in the winners’ enclosure tomorrow by researching technologies and innovations that have the potential to move or tilt the cost curve, such as microwave and laser preconditioning of rock, and non-explosive fragmentation.
A key focus...