March 2000
Volume 52    Issue 3

Donald E. Ranta: an interview with the 2000 SME president

Mining Engineering , 2000, Vol. 52, No. 3, pp. 0-4

Your assessment of the minerals business. The global mining industry is strong. I am convinced it will continue meeting the mineral needs of the world population for the foreseeable future. Two developments have greatly enhanced the industry’s ability to produce low-cost minerals. Technological innovations have resulted in increased productivity. And there has also been a dramatic expansion of the number of favorable countries in which to explore and mine. Capital expenditures have flowed to the low-production cost mines and development projects as well as to the exploration projects and stable countries having the best potential for valuable mineral discoveries.

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