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Ore grade is miners' real foe, says Pease

Pre-concentration of ore to “engineer” higher grades will become a pervasive goal of miners of many types of deposits now that most companies have refocused on productivity and efficiency to alleviate current cost pressures, according to a veteran industry researcher and operations manager.

Joe Pease, the former CEO of Xstrata Technology (now Glencore Technology) and Mount Isa and Teck process operations manager who now heads Australia-based CRC ORE, believes the industry has responded