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24 SMT007 MAGAZINE I JUNE 2022 Interview by Nolan Johnson I-CONNECT007 Nolan talks with Shaun Dykes, a 50-year expert in the mining industry, who gives a concise primer on mining development, and the amount of time and effort required to develop and supply the mineral resources we depend upon for the manufacture of printed circuit boards. ere are many factors that play into when and where a mine is developed— and what can prevent a mine from ever pro- ducing minerals. Nolan Johnson: Shaun, what is your specific role and your background? Shaun Dykes: I'm the president and CEO at American CuMO Mining Corp., and an engi- neer and geologist by background. I've been in the business for almost 50 years. I've been all over the world, looking at and working on deposits in different regimes, governments, and bureaucracies from Canada, U.S., and Aus- tralia. I spent time in Russia and South Amer- ica as well. Johnson: Minerals and their role in the supply chain for finished metals has a great impact on our readers. ey rely on the copper, tin, lead, and all the metals that go onto those fiberglass boards. In addition, there's solder and the min- erals involved in those formulations. Copper, of course, plays a central role; that seems to be a metal at the core of the dynamics going on. Mining for Metals Requires a Long View Molybdenite

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