Better resource management and future workforce planning
The SFA (Oxford) team has completed many labour workforce projects, analysing demographic trends, forecasting future labour requirements, and working with extensive data sets to provide clear guidance for strategic action. Our human capital modelling and analytics can guide your labour strategy by tracking underperformance to optimise labour achievement. We also offer peer-group labour benchmarking to compare performance and costs for in-service and contractor labour.
An evaluation of contractor and owner-operated mines
Comparative analysis of the performance of contract mining versus owner-operated PGM mines
This assignment compared contract mining with owner-operated models employed on each new PGM project, undertaken by listed mining companies during start-up and then steady-state, since 1997 in South Africa and Zimbabwe. It included a comparative analysis of performance and costs, contrasting the relevant mining methods and consequent workforce models. The analysis provided valuable insight into productivity achievements and production timelines focusing on those contracts used in platinum mining. A review of other sectors was also completed to determine whether the contracts currently in use in the platinum sector are in line with any trends that are being observed in other areas. A strategic recommendation on the approach in terms of the contractor vs. owner-operated for a specific project, that lowered project risk to reach steady-state production was provided.
Mine labour reviews
Cost and efficiency analysis of a mining company's human resources: maximising workforce performance
In assisting a client in the implementation of a progressive shaft improvement schedule, SFA (Oxford) identified and analysed key areas of labour underperformance (health, skills mismatch, prolonged absenteeism, unproductive labour etc.) so as to create additional value through increased productivity, and thus facilitating more cost-effective business planning. We helped to develop value-creating inputs for the strategic planning process to optimise future workforce skills and training going forward.
Future workforce planning
A historical study of the relationship between optimal workforce management and successful mining ramp-ups in South Africa
In order to gauge post-ramp-up success (including schedule, sustainability etc.) in relation to different types of workforce, SFA (Oxford) carried out a comparative analysis of each mine using the relevant mining method and consequent workforce model as variables. The study detailed the mining method and consequent workforce model employed on each new project and a comprehensive reference (contract labour) document was produced.
Other PGM consulting solutions
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SFA has significant experience in reviewing mine business plans, identifying production risks and reviewing costs down to a half-level basis.
Working with clients and third parties, SFA has a long track record of providing technical due diligence and financial modelling support to help secure funding.
SFA has supported numerous client listings by providing an independent view of the PGM markets to help secure capital from potential investors.
Clients have used SFA to provide the analytical link with banks and financial institutions to support PGM investment decision-making and provide market support.
Our PGM peer-group benchmarking is unrivalled, providing you with a detailed understanding of which assets are outperforming and which are most at risk.
SFA realises cost synergies for PGM clients across company operations to help raise margins and improve production efficiency benchmarks.
With extensive experience covering the PGM markets and industry fundamentals, SFA can provide you with our latest market outlook and the window of scenarios.
SFA is a trusted advisor to Board members and senior management of significant stakeholders and provides regular assistance to strategy and planning efforts.
SFA can provide accurate short-, medium- and long-term PGM price forecasts to support your business plans and contract negotiations.
SFA provides regular data flows of mine supply and metallurgical pipelines, basket prices, mine economics, and PGM demand to assist strategic decision-making.
SFA has extensive experience in assessing clients' advanced mineral processing offtake options and evaluating indicative commercial terms.
Clients approach SFA to run their own supply and macro modelling demand inputs to see the impact this has on the medium- to long-term PGM market balances.
SFA supports its clients on global roadshows to assist on capital raisings and converse with fund managers, institutional investors and family wealth officers.
The SFA team is constantly providing rich insights for its clients on structural events moving the PGM markets, particularly when the situation continues to change.
SFA works closely with value chain players to understand how materially significant ESG issues can be integrated into their wider company strategy.
SFA's analysis of environmental footprints from recycled material in terms of greenhouse gases, waste generation and processing is helping secure new investments.
SFA's benchmarking of PGM producers on material ESG factors generates high-resolution insights for sustainability-conscious investors.
For many years, SFA's extensive expertise in analysing the changing dynamics of global economies, financial markets and precious metals has enabled us to deliver bespoke research to enhance your next strategy.
SFA delivers detailed insights into the effects of new automotive technologies on PGM demand for light-duty, heavy-duty, off-road and fuel cell vehicles to meet government emission targets.
SFA has advised mobility companies with their strategies, providing global or local industry context, benchmarking competitors, creating industry scenarios and identifying new opportunities.
SFA has explored the purchasing dynamics between market participants, the complexity of the associated price web factors for platinum, palladium and rhodium, providing definitive answers to commercial questions.
SFA is constantly monitoring the evolution of emerging technologies and threats to new metal substitution. Let us cut through the noise, and highlight the short to long-term price risk impacts for your business.
SFA is equipped to provide detailed regional insights of the major players, market shares, demand volumes, and market value for automotive, chemical and petrochemical catalysts, and smaller industrial markets.
SFA's discreet work with recyclers gives us unique market insights, for the major regions of the USA, Europe, China and Japan. We also closely monitor jewellery recycling, electronic scrap and spent catalysts.
SFA has mapped jewellery pipelines, examined costs and margins, quantified future demand levels, and analysed the competitor landscape of fabricators, wholesalers, and retailers for future investment decision-making.
SFA analyses the physical movements of PGMs for demand-side and supply-side participants, how futures contracts are priced and traded, and quantifies above-ground PGM stocks from key sectors.
SFA can provide you with the most insightful 360-degree research covering the secret closed-loop market sectors by quantifying installed capacities, system losses and top-up requirements by company and sector.
SFA has significant experience mapping regional and localised end-use markets for PGMs to assist clients in discovering new trading opportunities and client targets by volume and sector.