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The World Copper Factbook 2014

Copper Mine Production

World Copper Mine Production, 1900-2013

(thousand metric tonnes)

Source: ICSG

20,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1900

1910

1920

1930

1940

1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

2000

2010

 

 

 

 

Concentrates

SX-EW

 

 

 

 

 

Since 1900, when world production was less than 500 thousand tonnes copper, world copper mine production has grown by 3.2% per year to 18.1 million tonnes in 2013. SX-EW production, virtually non-existent before the 1960s, reached nearly 3.8 million tonnes in 2013.

The World Copper Factbook 2014

Copper Mine Production by Region, 1960 versus 2013

Thousand metric tonnes copper

Source: ICSG

1960

2013

Oceania

19%

3%

6%

10%

 

25%

6%

42%

13%

Africa

Europe

 

 

North America

 

11%

Asia

 

 

 

 

13%

36%

16%

Latin America

From less than 750,000 tonnes copper in 1960, copper mine production in Latin America surged to over 7.5 million tonnes in 2013, representing 42% of the global total. Asia has also exhibited significant growth. The region’s share of global production has increased from just 6% to 16% over the respective period.

The World Copper Factbook 2014

Copper Mine Production by Country: Top 20 Countries in 2013

(Thousand metric tonnes) Source:ICSG

Chile

China

Peru

United States

Australia

Congo, D.R.

Zambia

Russian Fed.

Canada

Indonesia

Mexico

Kazakhstan

Poland

Brazil

Iran

Mongolia

Laos

Papua New Guinea

Scandinavia

Turkey

0

1,000

2,000

3,000

4,000

5,000

6,000

Chile accounted for almost one-third of world copper mine production in 2013 with mine output of almost 5.8 million tonnes copper.

The World Copper Factbook 2014

Trends in Copper Mining Capacity, 1997-2017

Thousand metric tonnes (Bars) and Annual percentage change (Line)

Source: ICSG Directory of Copper Mines and Plants – July 2014

 

12.0%

 

 

Concentrates

 

 

25,000

 

 

25.0%

 

SX-EW

 

 

7,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

20,000

Thousand

 

20.0%

 

 

 

 

 

6,000

Thousand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,000

 

15.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

% growth

 

 

 

 

 

2014-2017:

tonnes metric

% growth

 

 

 

 

 

4,000

tonnesmetric

 

 

 

 

 

 

1997-2002:

 

 

 

 

6.0%

 

 

 

2009-2013:

 

+8.1%

 

 

+10.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2003-2008:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+2.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,000

 

 

 

2003-2008:

 

 

10,000

10.0%

 

+5.4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.0%

1997-2002:

+3.7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009-2013:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

copper

 

 

 

 

+2.7%

 

 

2,000

copper

 

 

 

+2.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,000

 

5.0%

 

 

 

2014-2017:

 

 

2.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+6.1%

1,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

0.0%

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

1997

2001

2005

2009

2013

2017

 

 

 

1997

2001

2005

2009

2013

2017

 

 

Copper mining capacity is estimated to reach 27.5 million tonnes copper in 2017, with 21% being SX-EW production. This will be around 30% higher than capacity of 21.0 million tonnes copper recorded in 2013. As the charts illustrate, growth in concentrate capacity has generally been rising, while growth in SX-EW capacity has been falling. This trend should reverse going forward as new capacity is added at existing and some new operations.

The World Copper Factbook 2013

Copper Mine Production

World Copper Mine Production, 1900-2012

(thousand metric tonnes)

Source: ICSG

18,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1900

1910

1920

1930

1940

1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

2000

2010

 

 

 

 

Concentrates

SX-EW

 

 

 

 

 

Since 1900, when world production was less than 500 thousand tonnes copper, world copper mine production has grown by 3.2% per year to 16.7 million tonnes in 2012. SX-EW production, virtually non-existent before the 1960s, reached nearly 3.7 million tonnes copper in 2012.

The World Copper Factbook 2013

Copper Mine Production by Region, 1960, 1980 & 2012

(Thousand metric tonnes) Source: ICSG

7000

 

 

 

 

 

 

1960

1980

2012

 

 

6000

 

 

 

 

 

5000

 

 

 

 

 

4000

 

 

 

 

 

3000

 

 

 

 

 

2000

 

 

 

 

 

1000

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

Oceania

Africa

Europe

North America

Asia

Latin America

From less than 750,000 tonnes copper in 1960, copper mine production in Latin America surged to over 7 million tonnes in 2012. Asia has also exhibited significant growth over the same period.

The World Copper Factbook 2013

Copper Mine Production by Country: Top 20 Countries in 2012

(Thousand metric tonnes) Source: ICSG

Chile

China

Peru

United States

Australia

Russian Fed.

Zambia

Canada

Congo, D.R.

Mexico

Poland

Kazakhstan

Indonesia

Iran

Brazil

Laos

Argentina

Papua New Guinea

Mongolia

Bulgaria

0

1,000

2,000

3,000

4,000

5,000

Chile accounted for over one-third of world copper mine production in 2012 with mine output of over 5.4 million tonnes copper.

The World Copper Factbook 2013

Trends in Copper Mining Capacity, 1996-2016

Thousand metric tonnes Copper

Source: ICSG Directory of Copper Mines and Plants - February 2013

28,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1996

1998

2000

2002

2004

2006

2008

2010

2012

2014

2016

 

 

 

Concentrates

SX-EW

Total Mines

 

 

 

Copper mining capacity is estimated to reach 27.7 million tonnes copper in 2016, with 21% being SX-EW production.

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