Improving performance and operational effectiveness

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As a mature industry, mining companies must achieve enhanced profitability, in large part, through best in class performance and disciplined cost control as market demand for their products strongly fluctuates. At any point and time, commodity prices may be high or low, but management teams know that commodity price levels are cyclical. In the face of fluctuating demand and cyclical pricing, operating an efficient and streamlined business, as well as squeezing costs, is critical.

Industry consolidation in mining has created large companies who are still discovering synergies to be achieved from merger and acquisition activity. Compliance costs for environmental remediation and enhanced safety standards have trimmed already thin margins. Achieving internal efficiencies ahead of the competition is a key challenge. Investing in medium and longer term process improvements and cost control measures makes good business sense whether prices and demand are high or low.

 

How PwC can help you


PwC possesses significant knowledge in the areas of cost reduction, sourcing and shared services analysis, IT effectiveness, as well as crisis management to help companies improve performance and operational effectiveness. Our expertise, combined with hard data and benchmarking tools, allows us to help companies achieve best-in-class performance. Our services include:
  • Vendor selection and management
  • Supply chain considerations
  • Contract audits
  • Sourcing and shared services
  • IT effectiveness:
  • Risk management
  • Cost management
  • Service management
  • Outsourcing analysis
  • IT alignment
  • Crisis management:
  • Business recovery
  • Dispute analysis and investigations