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BNamericas presents the Intelligence Series Mining Survey 2019.
The global mining industry's priorities are slowly shifting, as companies start to put more emphasis on the future.
Pan American and Tahoe shareholders have backed US$1.29bn deal to form one of the world's largest silver miners.
Torex Gold expects gold output at its El Limón-Guajes mine in Mexico to reach 430,000oz in 2019, with all-in sustaining costs forecast to fall.
Junior mining exploration companies were involved in 27 M&A deals worth around US$126mn targeting Latin American assets in 4Q18, with the focus squarely on Chile and Mexico.
Chile is investigating Equus Mining for environmental liabilities in the southern region of Aysén.
Comibol's Vinto tin smelter, the Bolivian state mining company's most important asset, posted a disappointing performance in 2018 following a maintenance-related shutdown.
Significant copper assets in Chile and Peru, as well as good copper prospects in Brazil, make the region as a priority for Anglo American's diversification efforts.
The govt has changed its channel of dialogue with industry and set the focus on increased productivity and less regulation.
CBMM, which supplies 82% of world demand for niobium products, is investing US$200mn to up niobium capacity.