Materials & Chemicals

Mining Business Confidence Report Q4 2014

  • KAB153598
  • 61 Pages
  • November 2014
  • Materials & Chemicals
Mining Business Confidence Report Q4 2014 is a new report by Kable that globally analyzes industry opinions on the latest economic and customer issues, and their impact on investment decisions and growth prospects within the mining industry. This report also examines executive opinions with regards to the current and future state of the economy and its effect on the industry. It analyzes the likely effect of supplier price changes, sales performance, and staff headcount within the industry over October-December 2014. In addition, it provides an overview of the key priorities, threats, and opportunities for the global mining industry over October-December 2014. Furthermore, the survey forecasts the changes within the mining equipment market, procurement budget allocations, and leading suppliers in mining equipment categories. Moreover, this report provides a comparative analysis of survey results with Q3 2014 wherever applicable.

Key Findings
- Overall, 43% of mining industry executives state that they are operating in a stable economic environment, while 38% affirm that the current economic conditions are unfavorable
- The optimism levels for company growth have increased in Q4 2014 compared to Q3 2014, whereas, optimism levels for industry growth have decreased in Q4 2014 compared to Q3 2014
- Business operatives from Europe anticipate the highest growth in sales. Additionally, respondents who operate in the Rest of the World expect the highest increase in staff headcount in Q4 2014
- Industry executives indicate increased expenditure on mergers and acquisitions and new product development in Q4 2014 compared to Q3 2014
- The majority of respondents with business operations in Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World highlighted preference towards outright purchase rather than used equipment or lease
- The highest percentage of business operatives from Europe foresee investment allocation for equipment purchases to range between US$1 million and US$10 million during 2014-2015
- Regardless of region, executives intend to allocate a bigger portion of their procurement budget towards capital expenditure in 2014 and 2015

This report is the result of an extensive survey drawn from Kable's exclusive panel of leading global mining industry executives. The report analyzes current global economic conditions and their impact on the mining industry, and forecasts the company and industry growth prospects over October-December 2014. It provides information about the impact of customer confidence, supplier prices, and staff headcount likely to affect investment decisions over October-December 2014. Additionally, the report includes trends in the mining equipment market, analysis of the procurement budget allocations, and leading suppliers of mining equipment.

In particular, it provides an in-depth analysis of the following:

- Industry executives' opinions about the current state of the global economy, examining the prevailing economic conditions in various regions
- The growth prospects for companies and the industry as a whole, providing industry executives' expectations on the growth prospects of their company and the industry over October-December 2014
- Change in customer confidence and analyzing mining industry executives' opinions on changes in customer confidence globally, over October-December 2014
- Impact of supplier prices, determining the expected change in supplier prices across various categories and their impact on business confidence, and examines the key factors influencing the change
- Change in staff headcount and sales performance, tracking the expected changes in staff headcount and sales among industry executives operating in various regions, over October-December 2014
- Investment activities, ascertaining the various investment activities on which industry executives intend to focus over October-December 2014
- Business concerns, examining industry executives' attitudes towards various business concerns, and provides regional analysis
- Key priorities and identifying the immediate business priorities of mining industry executives over October-December 2014
- Purchase preferences for mining equipment and investment allocations in the mining equipment categories
- Total procurement budget split between capital expenditure and operating expenditure, tracking the changes in the budget for 2014, and highlighting expectations for 2015

- The report projects the current and future operating conditions of the mining industry, and allows readers to make effective business decisions

- The report helps readers make strategic decisions by understanding the present and future economic and customer issues, including key growth regions

- Mining industry suppliers will be provided with a clear uncovering of the key challenges and opportunities, and identify the key priorities likely to affect the industry's growth prospects

- The report forecasts the change in supplier prices of various products, which are likely to influence the industry's growth prospects over October-December 2014

- The report helps executives to recognize the change in customer confidence levels in the global mining industry over October-December 2014

- The report enables executives to make key decisions by highlighting purchase preferences and investments in mining equipment

- The report also helps executives to know the leading suppliers in the mining equipment categories
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