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Mining Industry Business Confidence Report H1 2016

Mining Industry Business Confidence Report H1 2016

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Executive Summary

The existing economic environment is unfavorable or very unfavorable for the mining industry, and customer confidence levels will remain constant in H1 2016 (January 2016-June 2016). Companies are slightly optimistic about the economic conditions in Asia-Pacific due to fall in oil prices, ongoing fiscal stimulus and new corporate reforms in Japan, and expected rise in Indias production output by 7.6% in 2016. Over the next six months the industry will increase its expenditure towards new product development and IT infrastructure. Moreover, globally, business executives forecast the budget allocation for mining equipment to decrease slightly in 2016 compared to 2015.

Key Findings

Respondents hold a stable opinion of the current economic climate in North America and Asia, but do not hold a very favorable opinion for Eastern Europe and Australasia

Industry competitors are more confident about their companys growth prospects compared to their industry growth in H1 2016 (January 2016-June 2016)

IT infrastructure and new product development are expected to witness an increase in expenditure over the next six months

Industry executives operating in Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World highlight the declining commodity prices as a key economic concern, which is likely to impact their companys performance over the next six months

The highest percentage of mining industry respondents operating in North America prefer outright purchases when investing in mining equipment


Kables Mining Industry Business Confidence Survey H1 2016 examines executives opinion on the business environment over January-June 2016. It also highlights existing economic conditions, supplier price variations, sales performance, industry and company growth outlook, spending patterns, and key priorities. Additionally, the report includes trends in the mining equipment market, analysis of the procurement budget allocations, and leading suppliers of mining equipment.

What else does this report offer?

Current state of the global economy: examines prevailing economic conditions globally and across various regions

Company and industry growth outlook: provides industry executives expectations towards the growth prospects of their company and the industry over the next six months

Change in customer confidence: analyzes mining industry executives opinion about the change in customer confidence during H1 2016

Supplier prices projection: determines expected change in supplier prices across various categories and their impact on business confidence

Change in staff headcount and sales performance: tracks expected change in staff headcount and sales for H1 2016 among industry executives globally

Significant investment activities: highlights various areas in which industry executives intend to invest over the next six months

Business concerns: provides information about potential business concerns indicated by survey respondents for H1 2016

Key priorities: identifies the top priorities of industry executives operating in various regions

Purchase preferences: analyzing the purchasing behavior towards mining equipment and investment allocations in the mining equipment categories

Budget allocation: examining total procurement budget split between capital expenditure and operating expenditure, and tracking the changes in the budget for 2015 and expectations for 2016


Helps organizations to make effective business strategy decisions by knowing the prevailing business conditions and sentiment within the mining industry

Organizations will be supported in business expansion decisions by providing information about projected change in sales performance and supplier prices

Helps to improve operational efficiency of the organization by knowing about key priorities and the main concerns of mining industry executives

Helps to alter investment allocation by understanding key focus areas highlighted by survey respondents during H1 2016

Enables organizations to make key decisions on purchase preferences and investments in mining equipment



Methodology and sample size

Respondent profile

Economic State, growth prospects and customer confidence

Existing economic environment

Industry and company growth outlook

Expected change in customer confidence

Supplier prices, staff headcount and sales performance

Supplier prices expectations

Anticipated change in staff head count and sales projections

Anticipated change in spend on key activities

Business concerns and organizational priorities

Level of concerns and expected impact

Significance of potential business priorities

Procurement budget and expenditure outlook

Purchase preferences for mining equipment

Frequency of investments towards various equipment categories

Procurement of number of pieces of equipment

Average expenditure per purchase

Allocation of investment for equipment purchases

Distribution of procurement budget between capital and operating expenditure

Change in procurement budget expenditure

Variation in mining equipment budget from 2015 to 2016

Leading suppliers across mining equipment types


Figure 1: Current economic condition - Overall

Figure 2: Current economic condition - Region

Figure 3: Current economic condition - Those who operate and do not operate in a region

Figure 4: Industry and company growth prospects - Overall

Figure 5: Industry and company growth prospects - Overall - In detail

Figure 6: Industry and company growth prospects - Region

Figure 7: Anticipated variation in customer confidence - Overall

Figure 8: Anticipated variation in customer confidence - Region

Figure 9: Projected change in supplier prices - Raw Materials - Overall and regional

Figure 10: Projected change in supplier prices - Machinery and Equipment - Overall and regional

Figure 11: Projected change in supplier prices - Power and Energy - Overall and regional

Figure 12: Staff headcount and sales outlook - Regional

Figure 13: Expenditure projection on key activities - Overall

Figure 14: Top five business concerns - Region

Figure 15: Business concerns - Overall and regional

Figure 16: Business concerns - Overall and regional

Figure 17: Top five organizational priorities - Region

Figure 18: Organizational priorities - Overall and region

Figure 19: Purchase preferences - Region

Figure 20: Frequency of investments - Overall

Figure 21: Procurement of number of pieces of equipment - Overall

Figure 22: Average expenditure per purchase - Overall

Figure 23: Investment allocation for equipment purchases - Region

Figure 24: Distribution of procurement budget - Region

Figure 25: Change in procurement budget expenditure - Region

Figure 26: Change in mining equipment budget - Region

Figure 27: Leading suppliers across mining equipment types - Overall

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