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Major Trends that Will Reshape the Future of Metals and Mining Sector

The metals and mining sector is currently recovering from one of the most difficult periods that it has encountered in decades. Due to increasing market volatility and downturn in commodity prices, now cost cuts, automation, and improved operational efficiency have become the new normal for the survival of metals and mining companies in the long-run. Furthermore, the industry has also been subject to several additional challenges including issues relating to regulation, geopolitical risks, and legal restrictions. Despite all these roadblocks, the metals and mining sector is expected to witness positive growth in the next couple of years owing to the increasing demand. Experts at Infiniti have identified key drivers that will transform the future of companies in the metals and mining industry in the years to come.

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Metals and mining industry overview: key trends to expect

metals and miningTransition to low-carbon economy

In order to meet the current energy transition, the demand for most minerals are expected to be on the rise. Furthermore, given the fact that low-emission energy and transportation systems are more mineral-intensive than their fossil fuel-based counterparts, the transition to energy-efficient options provides a great opportunity for the mining sector. Mining sector companies that power their operations with renewable energy, operate electric or hydrogen-powered truck fleets, and integrate recycling in their value chains will be best placed to sell low-carbon premium minerals.

New financing and production models

Companies in the metals and mining sector are trying to limit risks. As a result, new financing and production models will become more common in the coming years. Financing solutions such as royalty and metal stream agreements that are aimed at reducing the burden on the balance sheets of metals and mining companies will continue to gain momentum.

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Geopolitical and economic risks

Metals and mining companies must gain a comprehensive understanding of the geopolitical and economic risks in their market. Factors such as resistance to globalization and free trade are creating a direct impact on the metals and mining sector. Furthermore, import restrictions on semi-finished products including steel and aluminium are at the spotlight of recent trade disputes. Such trade disputes and wars are likely to dampen global commodity demand and disrupt the value chain of mining and metals companies.

Revamping employee base

Modern companies in the metals and mining sector can revamp their employee base by maintaining an open dialogue culture in their organization. Furthermore, due to constantly evolving technology and business models, companies in the metals and mining sector will be required to develop new skills to sustain. Retraining and transitioning programs should be planned by companies in the metals and mining industry to attract new talent as well as to channelize the efforts of their employees to the changing market expectations.

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Global Metals Market Analysis: An Infiniti Research Success Study

The political and economic scenario of the world has been one of the major factors affecting the stability of the metals market and its position in the market ecosystem. Click To Tweet

The metals market is an integral part of any country’s economy since it forms the foundation for its development. However, trends observed in the metals market are highly subjective to the country’s prevailing political, social, and economic conditions. For example, the demand for steel in China took a dramatic dip following the implementation of the government’s strategy to increase steel production in a bid to boost the country’s infrastructure and economy. But the production was not done in tandem with the growth in its construction and manufacturing industries, which resulted in a sharp fall in steel prices. On the other hand, political conditions across the globe, such as increased migration to the European Nation and the exit of Britain from EU, had thrown the possibilities of the metals market into deep uncertainties.

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  • The client: Metals manufacturing company

The client is a leading global metal manufacturing company, specializing in scrap metal and steel-based production. Infiniti was approached by the client to conduct a market analysis and understand the trend of the global metal market, identify the core areas of investment, and the possible obstacles to be faced during investment. Additionally, the client wanted to evaluate their position in terms of its top competitors, their current offerings, and accordingly strategize an effective plan to carry out their business in a fluctuating metals market while ensuring that their profit margins remain high.

How Can Market Analysis Engagement Help Metals Manufacturers

In today’s market, it is not enough to just stay afloat but also edge out the competitors by keeping stock of the fluctuations experienced in the market. In this respect, a market analysis study will help the manufacturing companies to identify the profitable areas of investment and target the right group of customers by analyzing the metals market. An effective market analysis study will also help companies in the metals industry to identify the potential obstacles they might face while entering core market segments. Infiniti’s metals market analysis study will help manufacturing companies by offering a comprehensive picture of the metals market size, its pros and cons, and help them in devising an accurate and effective strategy to forge a successful business plan.

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Infiniti’s Employee Engagement Strategies Helped a Leading Metal Fabrication Company Identify the Key Metrics to Improve the Overall Efficiency of Their Workforce

According to a recent research report, the global metal fabrication market was valued at US$16.35 billion in 2015 and is anticipated to reach US$21.38 billion by 2024.

Investments in global infrastructure projects have been increasing rapidly over the past decade, and this presents a growing opportunity for the metal fabrication industry to grow considerably in the coming years. This acts as a key factor driving the demand for metal fabrication companies, especially in developed regions such as North America. The global metal fabrication industry is also fueled by continued investments in metals processing and electric furnaces, the growing aluminum consumption, recovery in non-residential investments, the re-shoring of manufacturing practices in the automotive industry, and growing aerospace demand.

Although the metal fabrication industry is growing steadily over the past few years, several factors are expected to hamper the growth prospects. A few factors include:

  • Inferior quality of products: The weak infrastructure, capital inputs, and other facilities eventually lead to a metal fabrication process which is more time-taking, expensive and produces an inferior variety of products.
  • Colossal demand: Even after low per capita consumption rate of metals, the demand for iron and steel is increasing every day and huge chunks of iron and steel are imported to different countries to meet the international demand. To save valuable foreign exchange, productivity needs to be increased.

Several such factors are urging metal fabrication manufacturers to leverage the use of employee engagement strategies. Employee engagement strategies help firms better understand the demands of their employees and improve workforce efficiency. These solutions also help companies implement effective plans to boost their overall workforce efficiency across platforms.

The Business Challenge

  • The client: A leading metal fabrication company

The client, a leading metal fabrication manufacturer with manufacturing units spread across geographies, was facing predicaments in optimizing their workforce efficiency and providing better employee satisfaction to the employees. IR_RFPThe client also wanted to understand their major pain points better; thereby, increasing the overall efficiency of their workforce. They also wanted to identify the key drivers of engagement and plan activities to bolster employee satisfaction.

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The Journey

The employee engagement strategy experts at Infiniti carried out extensive qualitative and quantitative studies and conducted discussions and interviews with prominent stakeholders in the metal fabrication space to help the client address challenges pertaining to their workforce efficiency and employee engagement. The experts also compiled from a wide array of secondary sources such as company presentations, industry journals, paid industry databases, and industry forums and communities to help the client benchmark their performance.

The Solution and the Business Impact

With the help of Infiniti’s employee engagement study, the metal fabrication industry client identified the key metrics to improve the overall efficiency of their workforce. Additionally, the client was able to improve their employee retention rate and implement strategic plans to boost their employee satisfaction. The engagement also helped them attract young talent and leverage advanced technologies to make their work environment more engaging.

The Future

As technology evolves with the time, computers have started gaining prominence for most operations. For this reason, as the demand grows, there’s likely to be an increase in the number of metal fabrication companies to make more technologically advanced computer systems and robotic production equipment. This would enable companies to cut costs and increase output.


A must-read case study for strategy specialists and decision makers looking to develop a better understanding of the metal fabrication industry in terms of employee satisfaction.

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Metals Market Risk Assessment: How Infiniti Helped a Large Firm Realign Their Product Offerings to Meet the Rising Consumer Demands

Of all the metals, aluminum counts as the most important non-ferrous metal, as well as the most abundant metal found in the Earth’s crust.

The global metals market typically comprises of establishments engaged in the manufacturing of metals, including base metals, precious metals, and aluminum. Over the past few years, the metals market has started to reshape owing to the disruptive forces of technology, the threat of new entrants, and political changes across the globe. As a result, leading organizations the metals market space have started investing highly in technologies to automate operations, improve the quality of the products offered, and drive efficiencies. Although the metal market is driven by the rise in the demand for metals among the end-user segments such as automobiles, heavy machinery and equipment, and construction, several factors are expected to influence the growth of the market. The factors include:

  • Volatility in the price of raw materials: The recent economic slowdown has dramatically affected the prices of raw materials used to manufacture end products. As a result, it becomes essential for the metals market players to increase investments to maintain consistency in their offerings.
  • Lack of supply chain visibility: Disruption in the supply chain is one of the major concerns for metals market players as it is one of the main aspects to bridge the demand-supply concerns. A lack of visibility in the supply chain process will hamper the overall operations and performance in terms of planning and execution. As a result, organizations are finding it essential to effectively respond to supply chain disruptions while maintaining the quality of the offerings.

Many such factors are compelling firms to leverage the use of robust industry risk assessment solutions. Industry risk assessment solutions help firms comprehend the relative risks involved while entering new markets within a specific geographic area. IR_BrochureThe risk assessment solutions also help companies to increase their focus on understanding the opportunities and accordingly position their offerings.

The Business Challenge

  • The Client: A metals market client

The client, a leading player in the metals market with business operations spread across the US, wanted to understand the relative risk across the industry and determine the opportunities to position their offerings based on the target audiences efficiently. With the help of the industry risk assessment, the client also wanted to seek ways to enhance the time to market of the products being offered. Moreover, the primary objective for the client was to reduce the supply disruptions and reach out to their target audience seamlessly.

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Our Approach

The industry risk assessment experts at Infiniti followed an extensive research methodology to comprehend the potential risks in the metals market. The research methodology comprised of interviews and discussions with prominent stakeholders in the metals market space. The experts also compiled information from secondary sources such as industry databases and company presentations in the metals market.

The Solution Benefits and the Business Impact

With the help of Infiniti’s industry risk assessment solution, the client was able to analyze the risks involved while entering new markets in the US. The client also sought ways to realign their offerings to meet the rising consumer demands and accordingly allocated the resources to meet the business requirements. Realized savings in operational cost by 13%.

The Future

The future of the metals market is expected to be influenced by innovations and automation, which will play a fundamental role in the production of metals. Additionally, advancements in technologies and the growing popularity of robotics are expected to drive the growth of the metals market over the next couple of years.


A must-read case study for strategy specialists and decision makers looking to develop an understanding of the metals market.

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