The delicate balancing act beneath BHP's simplification strategy

BHP Billiton remains committed to generating volume growth despite its push for increased operational productivity and capital efficiency. It won't be an easy task.

Andrew Mackenzie’s ever-increasing targets for operational and capital productivity improvements within BHP Billiton might appear to be a relatively simple strategy. However, that understates the complexity of the balancing act he is trying to manage.

The drive for simplification, operational productivity and capital efficiency is by itself straightforward in concept, if not quite as straightforward in execution, and in tune with what the big end of the resources sector is pursuing.


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