Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of June 7, 2012
Friday, 08 June 2012 02:11
The number of years for which the earth will have enough minerals (copper, zinc, potash, etc.) to well run its societies, according to Andrew McKenzie in an interview this week. And he ought to know: McKenzie is CEO for non-ferrous metals for mining giant BHP Billiton. The statement came in the context of many who fear the world will soon be depleted of such resources, with Google co-founder Larry page leading a group of investors seeking to find a way to mine asteroids to unlock a new source of key minerals. Caterpillar is said to be working with NASA to develop mining gear that would work in space. We’re thinking they are all a little early…by a few thousand years.