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Plinian Capital

Plinian Capital was founded in 2009 to identify and invest in undervalued opportunities throughout the mining value chain. We are technically focused and bring resource geology, mining engineering, metallurgical, marketing and metal and concentrate sales expertise to the projects we invest in and operate.

We interviewed Mark Sander, Co-Founder of Plinian Capital, Working at Consolidated Nickel Mines, telling us why they purchased InPhase and what benefits they're already getting out of the platform and what they aim to achieve in the future.

Mark Sander - Co-Founder of Plinian Capital
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InPhase Usage Results:

"..The benefits right now are that we can see in a way we couldn’t before what’s not working.."

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How is InPhase being used at CNM, a Plinian Capital turnaround investment?

What we use InPhase for is actually mapping the value chain, how we get our product through the stages of mining, and out to the customer.

This is quite a change in orientation in the mine in which we are developing this, ranging from the start where everyone was looking at their own silo, and what we are looking at now is how the cross functional groups collaborate to produce the results that we want.

What benefits are you currently getting from InPhase and what other benefits do you see in the future?

The benefits right now are that we can see in a way we couldn’t before what’s not working, and unfortunately that is a pretty long list, but there are things like for example, development metres underground in the mine, looks like we are sort of on track as a whole, but what you do when you drill down through the value chain is find out that, actually the key development metres that will support future production are getting short changed, as opposed to the core development metres, which they are forced to focus on because they need tons of four a day.

So, they are sacrificing future developed state of the mine for today’s production, and that’s visible now instantly.

Has this meant effective decisions are being made quicker?

It took a while for the first decision to be made on that, but as I speak this, we are changing people, we are putting in standard operating procedures, and starting to measure leading in indicators like rework. We are starting to really get at, how do we fix the right activities in the right place in the mine, to make the most difference.