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Online resources provide in-depth coverage of mining and mineral extraction activities on a worldwide basis, with various sections of these sites covering topics such as industry news, commodity prices, company and property reports, market data, suppliers and equipment, trade events and conferences, and technology news and reviews. Selected articles and other resources can be viewed free online.
Publications and statistical data available from this trade association include information on number of mines by state and commodity; mineral production by state, operator, and commodity; annual wages and employment; mine-specific statistics on employment, man-hours worked, and accident and injury counts; per capita consumption of minerals; and descriptions of 40 common minerals and their uses.
Freedonia Focus research report analyzes total activity of U.S. mines and quarries in terms of material handled (i.e., excavated volumes of ores, minerals, and waste), with information provided in the report including historical and forecast volumes for iron, gold, copper, and other metal ores (e.g., silver, lead, and molybdenum) and crushed stone, sand and gravel, phosphate rock, and other industrial minerals.
Publications available from the USGS, which include the "Mineral Yearbook" and the quarterly "Mineral Industry Surveys", provide production, consumption, price, trade, and outlook information for over 100 metals and minerals, with metals covered in these publications including aluminum, copper, gold, iron and steel, lead, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, platinum group metals, rare earths, silver, and zinc.
Annual report analyzes trends in the global mining industry based on the financial performance of the top 40 companies by market capitalization, with content sections featured in the report including the industry in perspective, companies analyzed ranked by market value, financial review and analysis, ten-year trends based on aggregated financial information, and financial analysis explanatory notes.
Market research reports analyze the metal mining markets on a global basis, with metals analyzed separately in individual reports including aluminum, chromium, copper, iron, nickel, and zinc, and companies profiled in these reports including Anglo American PLC, BHP Billiton Limited, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., Glencore PLC, MMC Norilsk Nickel, Rio Tinto Group, and Vale S.A.
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
Two-volume loose-leaf publication serves as a industry reference guide for mine cost estimating, with topics covered in the guide including mine and mill cost models, smelting, transportation costs, taxes, cost indexes, labor costs, mine and mill equipment, mine and mill supplies, natural gas costs, electric power costs, and metal prices. Selected sample data from this publication can be viewed free online.
Annual report provides compensation and benefits data for managerial, technical, administrative, and hourly personnel by type of mineral or ore mined (precious metal, base metal, ferrous metal, industrial mineral, and aggregate), geographic region, total number of employees, and union vs. non-union, with executive positions covered by the survey including CEO, president, vice president, COO, and CFO.
Compensation surveys available from this source include CEO, corporate, and mine site surveys for North America, U.S., and Canada, with compensation data provided including base salary, long-term incentive pay, and total cash compensation for over 140 positions by type of mine, type of commodity mined, number of mine site employees, annual corporate revenues, and geographic area or region.