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Analyzing the Mining Industry in the United States

  • November 2014
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  • Aruvian's R'search
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  • 260 pages

United States mining industry is an important contributor to the nation’s economy and employs over millions of workers in this great endeavor to utilize the nation’s resources for growth and fuelling industry demand for raw materials which they process in order to remain global leaders.

The United States produces a wide variety of commodities from gold to coal. It has a land area of over 9.6 million square kilometers, 19,924 kilometers of coastline, and a population of over 298 million people. It uses 25% of the world’s energy reserves and spends more on maintaining its military might than most other country's entire GDP. It is with the support of the mining industry that the US has earned the coveted title of being the world's second largest producer of copper and gold, exporting over $26 billion worth of minerals and materials produced from minerals each year. Further, its mining industry employs over three million people directly and indirectly.

The US is split into ten provinces for geological purposes namely the: Pacific Mountain System; Columbia Plateau; Basin and Range; Colorado Plateau; Rocky Mountain System; Laurentian Upland; Interior Plains; Interior Highlands; Appalachian Highlands; and Atlantic Plain.

Aruvian’s R'search’s report – Analyzing the Mining Industry in the United States - explains the historical lineage of mining as instincts to search for resources honed and passed down from earlier generations. The techniques deployed since then have changed far to more organized and systematic as explained in the reports about the Surface & Sub Surface mining techniques. The report further examines the environmental impact of the mining industry and some of the past cases worldwide wherein heavy pollution excesses were noted.

The report provides a definition of the US Mining industry with a tabulation of its segments and the overall market overview with the economic contribution of this important industry. The major industry growth drivers and the challenges to growth which are placing a question mark on the future growth speed of this industry are enumerated in the report.

Aruvians’ report also indicates the trends running currently in the market and the future projection for growth analysis of the industry. The role of organizations which act as watch compliance in terms of worker health standards or the representative unions are also explained in this report in conjunction with the regulatory roles of the concerned departments of the government which are overseeing the industry.

The major input provided by this report is the application of Porter’s Five Forces Strategy Analysis to the US Mining industry and the PEST analysis of the industry. Together these analyze the overall competitive forces at work and the pull-push forces in the industry.

The report also profiles in detail the major players in the industry along with their financial analysis and company strategies; wherein it is also necessary to understand the overall mines present in the US geological capacity and the ores mined from them through which the report presents the complete picture of the nature, scope, health and potential to grow of the US Mining Industry.

Table Of Contents

Analyzing the Mining Industry in the United States
A. Executive Summary

B. Introduction
B.1 One of the World's Oldest Professions - Mining
B.2 Techniques Deployed for Mining
B.2.1 Surface Mining - Strip, Open Pit, Mountain Top, Dredging
B.2.2 Sub-Surface Mining - Long Wall, Room and Pillar
B.3 Mining's Environmental Impact - The Major Culprits

C. A Brief Profile of the Global Mining Industry

D. Looking at the US Mining Industry
D.1 Defining the Industry
D.2 Segmenting the Mining Industry
D.3 Mining - An Important Market
D.4 Industry Statistics
D.5 Industry Value and Volume Analysis
D.6 Industry Segmentation
D.7 Economic Impact of the US Mining Energy
D.8 Industry Drivers
D.9 Challenges to Growth
D.10 Future Steady?
D.11 Future Trends

E. Effect of Changing Markets on the US Mining Industry

F. Analyzing Mining Products
F.1 Aluminum
F.2 Antimony
F.3 Asbestos
F.4 Copper
F.5 Diamond
F.6 Gold
F.7 Iron Ore
F.8 Iron and Steel
F.9 Lead
F.10 Manganese
F.11 Molybdenum
F.12 Nickel
F.13 Platinum Group Metals
F.14 Silver
F.15 Zinc

G. Overseeing Organizations Active in the Industry
G.1 Managing Worker Health and Safety
G.2 Managing Land Sustainably
G.3 Representative Unions
G.4 Developing Research

H. Intensity of Competition in the US Mining Industry

I. Analyzing the Industry in the PEST Framework
I.1 Political Aspects
I.2 Economic Aspects
I.3 Social Aspects
I.4 Technological Aspects

J. Analyzing the US Mining Industry in Porter's Five Forces Strategy Analysis
J.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers
J.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
J.3 Competitive Rivalry in the Industry
J.4 Threat of New Entrants
J.5 Threat of Substitutes
J.6 Conclusion

K. Regulatory Framework

L. Major Industry Players
L.1 Competition in the Industry
L.2 Alcoa Inc.
L.2.1 Corporate Profile
L.2.2 Business Segment Analysis
L.2.3 Financial Analysis
L.2.4 SWOT Analysis
L.3 Barrick Gold Corporation
L.3.1 Corporate Profile
L.3.2 Business Segment Analysis
L.3.3 Financial Analysis
L.3.4 SWOT Analysis
L.4 Freeport-McMoRan Inc
L.4.1 Corporate Profile
L.4.2 Business Segment Analysis
L.4.3 Financial Analysis
L.4.4 SWOT Analysis
L.5 Hecla Mining Company
L.5.1 Corporate Profile
L.5.2 Business Segment Analysis
L.5.3 Financial Analysis
L.5.4 SWOT Analysis
L.6 Intrepid Potash
L.6.1 Corporate Profile
L.6.2 Business Segment Analysis
L.6.3 Financial Analysis
L.6.4 SWOT Analysis
L.7 Kinross Gold Corporation
L.7.1 Corporate Profile
L.7.2 Business Segment Analysis
L.7.3 Financial Analysis
L.7.4 SWOT Analysis
L.8 Newmont Mining Corporation
L.8.1 Corporate Profile
L.8.2 Business Segment Analysis
L.8.3 Financial Analysis
L.8.4 SWOT Analysis
L.9 Nucor Corporation
L.9.1 Corporate Profile
L.9.2 Business Segment Analysis
L.9.3 Financial Analysis
L.9.4 SWOT Analysis
L.10 Rio Tinto plc
L.10.1 Corporate Profile
L.10.2 Business Segment Analysis
L.10.3 Financial Analysis
L.10.4 SWOT Analysis
L.11 Stillwater Mining Company
L.11.1 Corporate Profile
L.11.2 Business Segment Analysis
L.11.3 Financial Analysis
L.11.4 SWOT Analysis
L.12 Teck Resources Limited
L.12.1 Corporate Profile
L.12.2 Business Segment Analysis
L.12.3 Financial Analysis
L.12.4 SWOT Analysis
L.13 United States Steel Corporation
L.13.1 Corporate Profile
L.13.2 Business Segment Analysis
L.13.3 Financial Analysis
L.13.4 SWOT Analysis
L.14 Vale S.A.
L.14.1 Corporate Profile
L.14.2 Business Segment Analysis
L.14.3 Financial Analysis
L.14.4 SWOT Analysis
L.15 AngloGold Ashanti Limited

M. Major US Mines
M.1 Adventure Mine
M.2 Anaconda Copper Mine
M.3 Artillery Peak Mine
M.4 Atlantic Cable Quartz Lode
M.5 Bagdad Mine
M.6 Bald Mountain Mine
M.7 Batesville Mine
M.8 Bingham Canyon Mine
M.9 Burra Burra Mine
M.10 Calhoun Mine
M.11 Cayuna Range Mine
M.12 Chamberlain Mine
M.13 Chino Mine
M.14 Copper Creek Mine
M.15 Congress Mine
M.16 Cortez Gold Mine
M.17 Crater of Diamonds State Park
M.18 Crystal Mine
M.19 Delaware Mine
M.20 Donlin Gold Mine
M.21 Fort Knox Gold Mine
M.22 Franklin Furnace
M.23 Golden Sunlight Mine
M.24 Goldstrike Mine
M.25 Hermosa Mine
M.26 Hibernia Mines
M.27 Hull-Rust-Mahoning Open Pit Iron Mine
M.28 Idaho Mine
M.29 Iron Mountain Mine
M.30 Lucky Jack Mine
M.31 Kelsey Lake Diamond Mine
M.32 Kensington Mine
M.33 Kudz Ze Kayah Mine
M.34 Kuroko Mine
M.35 Livengood Mine
M.36 Maple Mountain Mine
M.37 Marigold Mine
M.38 Mineral Park Mine
M.39 Minong Mine Historic District
M.40 Morenci Mine
M.41 New Cornelia Mine
M.42 Pebble Mine
M.43 Pinto Valley Mine
M.44 Pogo Mine
M.45 Quincy Mine
M.46 Ray Mine
M.47 Red Dog Mine
M.48 Red Hill Mine
M.49 Reed Gold Mine
M.50 Resolution Copper Mine
M.51 Robinson Mine
M.52 Rosemont Copper Mine
M.53 Round Mountain Gold Mine
M.54 Safford Mine
M.55 Sierrita Mine
M.56 Sloss Mines
M.57 Smuggler Mine
M.58 Sulphur Bank Mine
M.59 Sumdum Mine
M.60 Sunshine Mine
M.61 Sunnyside Mine
M.62 Tamarack Mine
M.63 Thompson Creek Mine
M.64 United Verde Mine
M.65 Waterloo Mine

N. Glossary of Terms

Companies Mentioed

Alcoa Inc.
Barrick Gold Corporation
Freeport-McMoRan Inc
Hecla Mining Company
Intrepid Potash
Kinross Gold Corporation
Newmont Mining Corporation
Nucor Corporation
Rio Tinto plc
Stillwater Mining Company
Teck Resources Limited
United States Steel Corporation
Vale S.A.
AngloGold Ashanti Limited

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