MTA-AUS 2014

CONEXPO-CON/AGG VIP SHOW GUIDE contains Floor Plans and a complete listing of companies exhibiting at the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 trade show in Las Vegas March 3-7, 2014. It also contains 2014 forecasts for the Aggregate, Concrete and Cement industries

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2 MINING & TECHNOLOGY AUSTRALIA 2014 | ISSUE 8 RECENT RESEARCH FROM THE Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has found the mining boom contributed to an increase in Australian living standards. ' The Effect of the Mining Boom on the Australian Economy' report stated that, by 2013, the mining boom had increased real per capita household disposable income by 13 percent, raised real wages by six percent and lowered the unemployment rate by 1.25 percentage points. It also observed that the price of Australia's mining exports had more than tripled over the past decade, while investment into the sector had increased from two percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to eight percent of GDP in the same period. With the boom coming to an end however it is clear that Australia's mining industry is still rapidly evolving, and is at the forefront of new research and development in an atempt to rise to the challenges in front of it, and keep competitive internationally. Inside this edition of Mining & Technology Australia, the newly-formed National Resource Sciences Precinct, or NRSP, says Australia needs to step up and be more innovative by bringing together the best scientists and world- class research infrastructure with industry and government to solve our mining challenges. The research body shares how its projects connect the world's best researchers with industry and government to tackle some of the most complex challenges facing the mining industry. Simon Ridge, Western Australia's executive director for Resources Safety, speaks with Mining & Technology Australia about the state's mine safety performance and the Department of Mines and Petroleum's journey to zero harm. Neil Murphy, CEO of the South Australian Freight Council, writes that the future of the South Australian mining industry remains bright but the many and varied opportunities that are presenting themselves require collaborative eforts between industry and governments at all levels. With a lot of the country's unconventional shale & tight gas – and the frst productive well – we report on how South Australia is in the driver's seat for a whole new energy market. Daniel Zavatiero of the Minerals Council of Australia reports on Australia's uranium industry and that it is well placed to play a leading role in facilitating the expanding global nuclear industry. Jeremy Blockey looks at FIFO and whether it is a viable solution to the mining sector's skills shortage. In a special report, we look at how Australian mines are at the forefront of water management and are taking a more proactive role to using water sustainably, but also making it core business in the process. And we also report on Centrex Metals Limited's Port Spencer development in South Australia. I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on the outlook for Australia's mining industry, so please drop me a line at: kedwards@mining- or visit our website. Kathryn Edwards Editor EDITOR'S NOTE

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