Mining, Minerals and Metals

Customized solutions for evolving mining, minerals, and metals markets

With specialized product characteristics and logistics needs, mined commodities are particularly exposed to transportation and logistics costs. This is because logistics frequently makes up a significant – often majority – portion of the delivered sale price. While this can present some risk for mined commodity businesses, for PLG Consulting clients, it actually represents an opportunity to turn logistics into a competitive advantage.

PLG has extensive project experience with long-established mined commodities including frac sand, industrial sand, soda ash, limestone, thermal and metallurgical coal. In addition, PLG has been at the forefront of supply chain development for energy transition minerals, key materials essential for the low carbon transportation and generation technologies of the future. Those minerals and metals include copper, lithium, nickel, manganese, cobalt, graphite, and zinc.


How we help

Logistics, transportation, and material handling from the source: PLG’s operations and engineering expertise have come together at multiple mining and processing sites where the need for optimized cost and efficiency of handling have been key drivers in profitable production.

In addition, PLG know-how in logistics procurement and distribution network optimization has helped numerous shipper clients in determining optimal locations and configurations for loadout, product storage, and multi-modal transloading.

These services have become especially important for emerging clean energy technologies such as EV and grid storage batteries, where the supply chains are still being invented and critical decisions such as where to locate capital-intensive processing facilities will help determine long-term market competitiveness. PLG Consulting is at the forefront of the green energy and renewables emergence. We help emerging technologies come to life by mapping out a business strategy for your supply chain and logistics that supports your business goals.

PLG Consulting brings long-term solutions to your mining, minerals, and metals logistics.

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Supplying breakthrough insights

Mining, minerals, and metals logistics bring unique challenges including asset and infrastructure intensity, specialized handling equipment, changing units of measure across the supply chain, owned or leased assets (railcars, trailers, ships, barges) and complex freight negotiations.

We understand how the supply chain for mined commodities must be efficiently and cost-optimally integrated from mine mouth to processing to distribution and finished product delivery. You can rely on PLG Consulting to help ensure your logistics are best-in-class among your competition and also fully support your business and commercial objectives within your target markets.

Mining, minerals, and metals logistics and supply chain services:


Comprehensive logistics assessments that deliver operational and cost-reduction opportunities


Material handling systems


Transportation procurement negotiations


Sales and operations planning (S&OP) implementation


Network optimization and logistics network analysis


Technology (TMS, WMS) needs assessment, selection, and implementation


Site selection for raw material supply, processing, and terminaling/distribution locations


Competitive access/mode and carrier competition


Rail and marine facility design and operations planning


Vertical supply chain integration for product end-users

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