Mining Automation Market Forecasts to 2028 - Global Analysis By Type (Software Automation, Communications System, Services and Equipment Automation), Technology (Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Other Technologies), Technique, Automation, Application, End User and By Geography
Estimated Year Value (2022)
US $4.26 BN
Projected Year Value (2028)
US $6.88 BN
CAGR (2022 - 2028)
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa
US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rest of Asia Pacific, South America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Middle East & Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and South Africa
Highest Growing Market
According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Mining Automation Market is accounted for $4.26 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach $6.88 billion by 2028 growing at a CAGR of 8.3% during the forecast period. Mining is the second-most important and ancient endeavour of humankind after agriculture. The two industries are ranked as the primary industries of early civilization. Mining is the foremost source of mineral commodities, and all countries find it essential for maintaining and improving their standard of living. In recent years, automated mining has gained importance due to better awareness of the application of advanced technology. Previously, mining activities involved a lot of manual work that posed a risk to personnel who were working in a dangerous environment. A lot of human resources are required for achieving higher productivity, which involves providing safety equipment and high remuneration that increase the overall production cost. To avoid such high costs and risks to personnel, many companies are implementing automation in their mining processes.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), by 2040 the mineral requirements for renewable energy technologies will have to quadruple to meet the objectives set by the Paris Agreement.
Rising focus on reducing operating costs
Constantly fluctuating commodity prices in recent years have put additional pressure on the profit margins of mining companies. Increasing expenses on exploration activities and the need to carry out non-stop production to meet the global energy demands have encouraged mining companies to embrace innovative technologies. To maximize productivity gains, companies are directing their investment towards advanced automation technologies, such as AHS for driverless trucks, automated drilling systems (ADS), and real-time monitoring of assets. By using advanced automation technologies for mining, companies are witnessing a significant fall in their operating costs. Thus, mining companies are focusing on deploying automation to reduce operating costs, which will accelerate market growth over the course of the forecast period.
High Initial and Maintenance Costs
The high expenses of purchasing and maintaining automated equipment and solutions can hinder market growth. Aside from the high cost, the necessity for more experienced employees to handle automated systems and sufficient training for automotive engineers can increase the overall cost. Furthermore, even after buying automated equipment, many machines require extensive maintenance. Such factors can adversely impact market expansion, which are projected to impede the fog computing market's growth.
Evolution of smart connected mines
Connected mining refers to the application of technology to achieve better productivity and safety as well as reduce operational costs for a mine site. Thus, connected mining, a combination of IT, automation, and instrumentation technologies, is a result of the advancements in the existing technologies present in the mining industry. This integrated operations technology makes the process of mine surveying, planning, exploration, extraction, and analysis faster and easier with software providing real-time information, thereby providing a realistic image of the mine environment and the availability of resources.
Effective mining automation relies on robust and reliable connectivity infrastructure to transmit data and enable real-time communication between various automated systems. However, in remote mining locations or areas with limited network coverage, access to reliable high-speed internet or communication networks may be challenging. Inadequate connectivity can hinder the seamless operation of automated mining systems, limiting their effectiveness and compromising the overall automation strategy. Moreover, mining automation often involves the integration of various sensors, devices, and equipment to enable seamless operation and data exchange. However, outdated or incompatible infrastructure can make it challenging to integrate new automation technologies with existing mining systems. This can lead to compatibility issues, higher implementation costs, and delays in deploying automation solutions, which will impede the market growth over the forecast period.
The COVID-19 pandemic had a severe impact on the mining industry. Mineral and metal demand dramatically decreased, and many commodity prices plunged to historic lows due to the outbreak. The pandemic also affected the mining equipment supply chain, making it harder for enterprises to obtain the necessary supplies. As a result of these issues, several mining businesses resorted to automation. Automation can help mines run more effectively and safely while also saving money. For example, the deployment of self-driving vehicles assisted in limiting the number of individuals working close to one another, lowering the danger of virus transmission. With the emergence of automation in the mining industry, the mining rate and output have increased dramatically. The use of automation in critical areas of mining improves efficiency and precision.
The Mineral mining segment is expected to be the largest during the forecast period
During the anticipated timeframe, the mineral mining segment's market share will expand significantly. The metal mining application is presumed to show significant growth over the forecast period. The growth can be attributed to the increased convention of autonomous technology in metal exploration activities. Moreover, the rising demand for metals, such as copper, zinc, lead, and nickel, by application industries is expected to contribute to revenue growth. Furthermore, metal mining witnessed a surging demand for automated solutions to meet the rising demand for base metals. Over the course of the projected period, the aforementioned reasons are anticipated to propel segment growth.
The Equipment automation segment is expected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period
Over the projection period, the equipment automation segment is predicted to develop at the fastest and high revenue growth rate over the forecast period. The growth of the segment is expected to be driven by the development of durable technology-based vehicles such as automated trucks, remotely controlled equipment, and teleoperated mining equipment. Rapid developments in hardware automated systems are also expected to continue streamlining the global large-scale mining industry. Various product launches and innovations in existing product lines are also being made by major firms, which are fostering the expansion of the global market.
Region with largest share:
Asia Pacific leads the mining automation market, accounting for a revenue share. This is due to the surging adoption of technologies for mining automation by various countries in the region. For instance, Australia is acknowledged as a global pioneer in mining automation technologies that allow resource firms to work more securely and effectively in difficult environments. In addition, the rising cost pressures that the mining industry is currently experiencing can be relieved owing to automation advancements, which are driving the demand for Mining Automation in the region.
Region with highest CAGR:
North America is expected to witness the fastest growth rate over the forecast period. North America has been a prominent region in the mining automation market, exhibiting significant growth and adoption of automation technologies in the mining industry. The Region is known for its strong technological capabilities and innovation. The region is home to several leading automation technology providers, research institutions, and mining companies focused on developing and implementing cutting-edge automation solutions in mining operations. Moreover, North America has a substantial mining industry, encompassing various minerals, including coal, gold, copper, and iron ore. The region's rich mineral resources and the demand for these minerals drive the need for efficient and productive mining operations, making it an ideal market for automation technologies and are also expected to fuel market growth in North America over the forecast period.
Key players in the market:
Some of the key players in Mining Automation Market include Atlas Copco AB, Autonomous Solution Inc., Caterpillar, Epiroc AB, Hexagon AB, Hitachi, Ltd., Komatsu Ltd., Liebherr Group, MST (Mine Site Technologies), Rio Tinto, Rockwell Automation, Inc., RPM Global Holdings Ltd., Sandvik AB, SANY Group, Siemens and Trimble Inc.
In September 2022, Caterpillar introduced the 789 mining truck to provide enhanced efficiency, improved cab comfort, and better connectivity. The new model offers the ability to move more material with up to 9% less fuel consumption.
In August 2022, Epiroc AB acquired RNP Mexico, which develops, manufactures, and sells rock drills and related components to customers in the construction and mining industry in Latin America.
In June 2022, Liebherr Group announced the unveiling of a new model of mid-class mining excavator, namely, the T 274, at Bauma 2022. The T 274 displayed Liebherr Mining’s new Technology Product Portfolio, which was launched at MINExpo in 2021. The T 274 features Liebherr’s Trolley Assist System and is expected to provide benefits such as fast cycle times, low fuel consumption, and higher productivity.
In June 2022, Hexagon AB introduced the Life-of-Mine smart platform, which connects sensors, software, cloudware, and infield applications. The platform helps in connecting the mine to a boardroom through a single onboard ecosystem comprising an antenna and a smart computer. The solution is aimed to connect key mining workflows together to promote digital transformation for enhancing safety and productivity
• Equipment Automation
• Software Automation
• Communication System
• Artificial Intelligence
• Internet of things
• Other Technologies
• Surface Mining
• Underground Mining
• Assistive Automation
• Partial Automation
• Conditional Automation
• Full Automation
• Mine Development
• Mining Process
• Mine Maintenance
End Users Covered:
• Metal Mining
• Mineral Mining
• Coal Mining
• North America
o Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific
o New Zealand
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia Pacific
• South America
o Rest of South America
• Middle East & Africa
o Saudi Arabia
o South Africa
o Rest of Middle East & Africa
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Table of Contents
1 Executive Summary
2.2 Stake Holders
2.3 Research Scope
2.4 Research Methodology
2.4.1 Data Mining
2.4.2 Data Analysis
2.4.3 Data Validation
2.4.4 Research Approach
2.5 Research Sources
2.5.1 Primary Research Sources
2.5.2 Secondary Research Sources
3 Market Trend Analysis
3.6 Technology Analysis
3.7 Application Analysis
3.8 End User Analysis
3.9 Emerging Markets
3.10 Impact of Covid-19
4 Porters Five Force Analysis
4.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
4.2 Bargaining power of buyers
4.3 Threat of substitutes
4.4 Threat of new entrants
4.5 Competitive rivalry
5 Global Mining Automation Market, By Type
5.2 Equipment Automation
5.2.1 Autonomous Trucks
5.2.2 Remote Control Equipment
5.2.3 Teleoperated Mining Equipment
5.3 Software Automation
5.4.1 Implementation & Maintenance
5.5 Communication System
6 Global Mining Automation Market, By Technology
6.3 Artificial Intelligence
6.4 Internet of things
6.5 Other Technologies
7 Global Mining Automation Market, By Technique
7.2 Surface Mining
7.3 Underground Mining
8 Global Mining Automation Market, By Automation
8.2 Assistive Automation
8.3 Partial Automation
8.4 Conditional Automation
8.5 Full Automation
9 Global Mining Automation Market, By Application
9.2 Mine Development
9.3 Mining Process
9.4 Mine Maintenance
10 Global Mining Automation Market, By End User
10.2 Metal Mining
10.3 Mineral Mining
10.4 Coal Mining
11 Global Mining Automation Market, By Geography
11.2 North America
11.3.6 Rest of Europe
11.4 Asia Pacific
11.4.5 New Zealand
11.4.6 South Korea
11.4.7 Rest of Asia Pacific
11.5 South America
11.5.4 Rest of South America
11.6 Middle East & Africa
11.6.1 Saudi Arabia
11.6.4 South Africa
11.6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa
12 Key Developments
12.1 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations and Joint Ventures
12.2 Acquisitions & Mergers
12.3 New Product Launch
12.5 Other Key Strategies
13 Company Profiling
13.1 Atlas Copco AB
13.2 Autonomous Solution Inc.
13.4 Epiroc AB
13.5 Hexagon AB
13.6 Hitachi, Ltd.
13.7 Komatsu Ltd.
13.8 Liebherr Group
13.9 MST (Mine Site Technologies)
13.10 Rio Tinto
13.11 Rockwell Automation, Inc.
13.12 RPM Global Holdings Ltd.
13.13 Sandvik AB
13.14 SANY Group
13.16 Trimble Inc.
List of Tables
1 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Region (2020-2028) ($MN)
2 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Type (2020-2028) ($MN)
3 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Equipment Automation (2020-2028) ($MN)
4 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Autonomous Trucks (2020-2028) ($MN)
5 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Remote Control Equipment (2020-2028) ($MN)
6 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Teleoperated Mining Equipment (2020-2028) ($MN)
7 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Software Automation (2020-2028) ($MN)
8 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Services (2020-2028) ($MN)
9 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Implementation & Maintenance (2020-2028) ($MN)
10 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Training (2020-2028) ($MN)
11 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Consulting (2020-2028) ($MN)
12 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Communication System (2020-2028) ($MN)
13 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Technology (2020-2028) ($MN)
14 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Robotics (2020-2028) ($MN)
15 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Artificial Intelligence (2020-2028) ($MN)
16 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Internet of things (2020-2028) ($MN)
17 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Other Technologies (2020-2028) ($MN)
18 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Technique (2020-2028) ($MN)
19 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Surface Mining (2020-2028) ($MN)
20 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Underground Mining (2020-2028) ($MN)
21 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Automation (2020-2028) ($MN)
22 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Assistive Automation (2020-2028) ($MN)
23 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Partial Automation (2020-2028) ($MN)
24 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Conditional Automation (2020-2028) ($MN)
25 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Full Automation (2020-2028) ($MN)
26 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Application (2020-2028) ($MN)
27 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Mine Development (2020-2028) ($MN)
28 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Mining Process (2020-2028) ($MN)
29 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Mine Maintenance (2020-2028) ($MN)
30 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By End User (2020-2028) ($MN)
31 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Metal Mining (2020-2028) ($MN)
32 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Mineral Mining (2020-2028) ($MN)
33 Global Mining Automation Market Outlook, By Coal Mining (2020-2028) ($MN)
Note: Tables for North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America and Middle East & Africa Regions are also represented in the same manner as above.
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