In-depth strategic planning analysis of metals and minerals industries

For a corporate client, CRA conducted an in-depth strategic planning analysis of 13 metals and minerals industries. The prospects for each metal considered (including copper, lead, and zinc) were evaluated in terms of a 15-year outlook. Estimates of mine-by- mine production costs, smelting and refining charges, and transportation costs were used to develop supply curves, while projections for future world market and regional growth were also supplied. Finally, market, supply, and long-run price factors were incorporated in a ranking of opportunities for entry (either by exploration or acquisition) into new minerals businesses.