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Purchasing Trends and Intentions in African Mining, 2014

  • December 2014
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  • Global Data
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  • 34 pages

Synopsis
This report analyses purchasing strategies and expectations for future expenditure on plant, equipment, parts and services in the African mining sector. It is based on an extensive survey conducted by Timetric between July and September 2014, covering 108 mine managers, maintenance managers, procurement managers and other key decision-makers in over 100 operating African mines.

Findings included:

- The most preferred method for acquiring equipment

- Areas where expenditure will increase over the next 12 months, across plant, equipment, parts and services

- Expectations for increased centralization of procurement decisions, and development of preferred supplier arrangements.

Summary
This report analyses purchasing strategies and expectations for future expenditure on plant, equipment, parts and services in the African mining sector. It is based on an extensive survey conducted by Timetric between July and September 2014, covering 108 mine managers, maintenance managers, procurement managers and other key decision-makers in over 100 operating African mines.

Areas of analysis include:

- Current methods for acquiring equipment, with a review of outright purchasing, rental, leasing and other types of financing arrangements.

- Future trends in expenditure and expectations for increased or decreased spend in four areas: plant and heavy equipment, equipment parts and components, explosives materials, and maintenance services.

- An analysis of future changes to the number of supplier relationships, and whether respondents expect greater or fewer supplier relationships over the next 12 months.

- Investigation into the biggest challenges facing buyers and decision makers in sourcing the right products.

- Extent to which preferred supplier arrangements are in place and predictions for increased centralization of procurement.

Scope
The report is based on an in-depth survey of 108 buyers and decision-makers across 100 mines in 16 African countries, including South Africa, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania Zambia and Zimbabwe

Reasons To Buy
- Compare the methods African miners use to acquire equipment, and how this is expected to change

- Plan ahead based on general expectations within the African mining industry for future expenditure, and how this varies by segment, such as mine type, commodity and company size.

- Understand how different customer segments in African mining plan to rationalize or extend their supplier networks

- Identify the major challenges African miners face when sourcing equipment, and incorporate solutions to these in your sales, marketing and product strategies

Key Highlights
- Outright purchase is the most common purchasing method for mining equipment, used by 66% of respondents

- African miners are optimistic about future expenditure, with the majority of respondents expecting expenditure to increase across all four categories of plant, equipment, consumables and services investigated.

- African miners are increasingly centralizing procurement with 49% of respondents expecting greater centralization of purchasing over the next two years.

Table Of Contents

Purchasing Trends and Intentions in African Mining, 2014
Table of Contents
1 Executive Summary
2 Current Purchasing preferences
2.1 Purchasing Methods for Heavy Mobile Equipment
2.2 Rental Agreements
3 Future Spending Predictions
3.1 Expected Changes in Expenditure
3.2 Spending Across all Categories to Increase
3.3 Anticipated Changes to the Number of Supplier Relationships
4 Challenges In Sourcing The Right Products
5 Centralisation and Preferred Suppliers
5.1 Changes in Centralisation
5.2 Preferred Supplier Arrangements
5.3 Prevalence of Dominant Single Suppliers
6 Conclusion
7 Appendix I

List of Tables
Table 1: Expected Change in Use of Purchase Method in Next Two Years (%), 2014
Table 2: Expected Change in Expenditure by Area in Next 12 Months (%), 2014
Table 3: Changes in the Number of Supplier Relationships Expected in Next 12 Months (%), 2014
Table 4: Biggest Challenges in Sourcing the Right Equipment (%), 2014

List of Figures
Figure 1: Purchasing Methods Used (%), 2014
Figure 2: Other Purchasing Methods in Combination with Outright Purchase (%), 2014
Figure 3: Purchasing Method by Mine Type (%), 2014
Figure 4: Purchasing Method Type by Company Size (%), 2014
Figure 5: Purchasing Method by Geography (%), 2014
Figure 8: Share of Use of Rental Agreements by Company Size (%), 2014
Figure 9: Changes in Expenditure by Category over the Next 12 Months
Figure 10: Increase vs Decrease in Expenditure by Category (%), 2014
Figure 11: Expected Increase in Expenditure by Company Size (%), 2014
Figure 12: Expected Increase in Expenditure by Commodity (%), 2014
Figure 13: Key Commodity Prices, 2010-2014 (Indexed)
Figure 14: Changes in the Number of Supplier Relationships Expected Over the Next 12 Months
Figure 15: Do you Anticipate Switching to a Different Supplier within the Next Five Years?
Figure 16: Expected Increase in Number of Supplier Relationships by Mine Type, 2014
Figure 17: Expected Increase in Number of Supplier Relationships by Commodity, 2014
Figure 18: Biggest Challenges in Sourcing the Right Products, 2014
Figure 19: Biggest Challenges in Sourcing the Right Equipment by Company Size (%), 2014
Figure 20: Changes Expected in Level of Centralization Over Next Two Years, 2014
Figure 21: Expected Increase in Level of Centralization by Company Size, 2014
Figure 22: Preferred Supplier Arrangement, 2014
Figure 23: Preferred Supplier Arrangement, 2014
Figure 24: Preference for Dominant Single Supplier, 2014
Figure 25: Preference for Dominant Single Supplier by Company Size (%), 2014
Figure 24: Use of Dominant Single Supplier by Commodity (%), 2014
Figure 27: Survey Respondents by Country (%), 2014
Figure 28: Survey Respondents by Mine Type (%), 2014
Figure 29: Survey Respondents by Commodity (%), 2014

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