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Mining Industry Business Confidence Report August 2016–January 2017

Introduction
Definitions
Methodology and sample size
Respondent profile
Confidence indexes
Economic state, growth prospects and consumer confidence
Existing economic environment
Industry and company growth outlook
Expected change in consumer 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
Appendix
List of Figures
Figure 1: Confidence indexes
Figure 2: Current economic condition - Overall (Aug 2016–Jan 2017) comparison with (Jan–Jun 2016)
Figure 3: Current economic condition - Region
Figure 4: Current economic condition - Region - (Aug 2016–Jan 2017)–(Jan–Jun 2016)
Figure 5: Current economic condition - Those who operate and do not operate in a region
Figure 6: Industry and company growth prospects - Overall
Figure 7: Industry and company growth prospects - Overall - In detail - comparison (Aug 2016–Jan 2017)–(Jan–Jun 2016)
Figure 8: Industry and company growth prospects - Region
Figure 9: Industry and company growth prospects - Region - (Aug 2016–Jan 2017)–(Jan–Jun 2016)
Figure 10: Anticipated variation in customer confidence - Overall (Aug 2016–Jan 2017) comparison with (Jan–Jun 2016))
Figure 11: Anticipated variation in customer confidence - Region
Figure 12: Anticipated variation in customer confidence - Region - (Aug 2016–Jan 2017)–(Jan–Jun 2016)
Figure 13: Projected change in supplier prices - Raw materials - Overall and regional
Figure 14: Projected change in supplier prices - Raw materials - Regional - (Aug 2016–Jan 2017)–(Jan–Jun 2016)
Figure 15: Projected change in supplier prices - Machinery and Equipment - Overall and regional
Figure 16: Projected change in supplier prices - Machinery and Equipment - Regional - (Aug 2016–Jan 2017)–(Jan–Jun 2016)
Figure 17: Projected change in supplier prices - Power and Energy - Overall and regional
Figure 18: Projected change in supplier prices - Power and Energy - Regional - (Aug 2016–Jan 2017)–(Jan–Jun 2016)
Figure 21: Staff headcount and sales outlook - Regional - (Aug 2016–Jan 2017)–(Jan–Jun 2016)
Figure 22: Expenditure projection on key activities - Overall
Figure 23: Expenditure projection on key activities - Overall - (Aug 2016–Jan 2017)–(Jan–Jun 2016)
Figure 24: Top five business concerns - Region
Figure 25: Business concerns - Overall and regional - A
Figure 26: Business concerns - Overall and regional - A - (Aug 2016–Jan 2017)–(Jan–Jun 2016)
Figure 27: Business concerns - Overall and regional - B
Figure 28: Business concerns - Overall and regional - B - (Aug 2016–Jan 2017)–(Jan–Jun 2016)
Figure 29: Top five organizational priorities - Region
Figure 30: Organizational priorities - Overall and region
Figure 31: Organizational priorities - Overall and region - Change compared to (Jan–Jun 2016)

Mining Industry Business Confidence Report August 2016–January 2017

Summary
The existing economic environment is unfavorable for the mining industry, and customer confidence levels will remain constant in August 2016–January 2016. Companies are slightly optimistic about economic conditions in Europe and the Rest of World due to strong domestic dynamics, encouraging monetary policies, and stabilization in economies within the MENA region that were worst hit by falling oil prices in the last two years. The mining industry is expected to record higher expenditure towards new product development and research & analysis in August 2016–January 2016, compared to January–June 2016. Moreover, executives with business operations in the Rest of the World region expect an increase in machinery and equipment prices in August 2016–January 2016, compared to January–June 2016.

Key Findings
Overall, 19% of survey respondents highlight the current economic environment as stable. Additionally, 17% of mining industry executives indicate a favorable or very favorable economic state

Executives who operate in Europe and the Rest of the World have a more favorable opinion about their regions

Overall, 61% and 32% of industry executives indicate a positive opinion about company and industry growth, respectively, during the next six months

Over the next six months, 11% of survey respondents anticipate that the supplier prices of raw materials will increase by up to 6%. Executives operating in Europe project the highest growth in raw material prices, followed by those operating in North America, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World

Executives operating in Asia-Pacific are less concerned about rising new competition during Aug 2016–Jan 2017, compared to Jan-Jun 2016

Synopsis
Kable’s Mining Industry Business Confidence Report examines executives’ opinion about the business environment over August 2016–January 2017. It also highlights existing economic conditions, supplier price variations, sales performance, industry and company growth outlook, spending patterns, and key priorities. Additionally, the report provides information categorized by region and presents a comparison with January–June 2016 wherever applicable.

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 Aug 2016–Jan 2017

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 Aug 2016–Jan 2017 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 Aug 2016–Jan 2017

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

Reasons To Buy
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 Aug 2016–Jan 2017


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