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The World Copper Factbook 2014

Copper Today

The global demand for copper continues to grow: world refined usage has more than tripled in the last 50 years thanks to expanding sectors such as electrical and electronic products, building construction, industrial machinery and equipment, transportation equipment, and consumer and general products. Some of the highlights of 2014 copper production and usage are listed below. In the chapters that follow, more in-depth information is presented on copper production, trade, usage, and recycling. For the most up-to-date information on the global copper market, please visit our website at www.icsg.org.

Copper Production Highlights

Preliminary figures indicate that global copper mine production in 2013 reached 18.1 million tonnes. The largest producer of mined copper was Chile (almost 5.8 million tonnes).

Smelter production in 2013 reached around 16.8 million tonnes. China was the largest producer of blister & anode in 2013 (over 5.7 million tonnes)

Refinery Production in 2013 increased to 20.9 million tonnes, including 3.8 million tonnes of secondary refined production.

Copper Usage Highlights

Refined copper usage (usage by semis plants or the first users of copper) in 2013 reached 21.2 million tonnes. China was also the largest consumer of refined copper in 2013 with apparent usage of over 9.5 million tonnes.

According to the International Copper Association (ICA), equipment was the largest copper end-use sector last year, followed by building construction and infrastructure.

New copper applications being developed include antimicrobial copper touch surfaces, lead-free brass plumbing, high tech copper wire, heat exchangers, and new consumer products as well.

The World Copper Factbook 2014

ANNEX

World Copper Production and Usage, 1960-2013

Thousand Metric Tonnes

Source: ICSG

 

Mine

Refined

Refined

 

Mine

Refined

Refined

 

Mine

Refined

Refined

 

Production

Production

Usage

 

Production

Production

Usage

 

Production

Production

Usage

1960

3,924

4,998

4,738

1978

7,306

9,030

9,527

1996

11,099

12,677

12,489

1961

4,081

5,127

5,050

1979

7,371

9,200

9,848

1997

11,538

13,478

13,082

1962

4,216

5,296

5,048

1980

7,230

9,261

9,396

1998

12,251

14,075

13,435

1963

4,286

5,400

5,500

1981

7,721

9,573

9,522

1999

12,775

14,578

14,213

1964

4,443

5,739

5,995

1982

7,745

9,319

9,090

2000

13,206

14,793

15,112

1965

4,769

6,059

6,193

1983

7,843

9,541

9,510

2001

13,633

15,638

14,928

1966

4,987

6,324

6,445

1984

8,137

9,440

9,930

2002

13,577

15,354

15,123

1967

4,743

6,004

6,195

1985

8,288

9,616

9,798

2003

13,757

15,272

15,626

1968

5,010

6,653

6,523

1986

8,266

9,920

10,112

2004

14,592

15,918

16,738

1969

5,682

7,212

7,137

1987

8,592

10,148

10,293

2005

14,923

16,572

16,554

1970

5,900

7,592

7,291

1988

8,775

10,512

10,668

2006

14,984

17,291

16,924

1971

5,941

7,404

7,296

1989

9,084

10,908

11,081

2007

15,516

17,903

18,039

1972

6,541

8,100

7,942

1990

9,226

10,804

10,886

2008

15,571

18,214

17,888

1973

6,915

8,544

8,740

1991

9,372

10,686

10,563

2009

15,950

18,249

17,894

1974

7,097

8,759

8,310

1992

9,497

11,042

10,866

2010

16,038

18,986

19,129

1975

6,735

8,187

7,445

1993

9,553

11,249

10,992

2011

16,053

19,596

19,697

1976

7,289

8,632

8,539

1994

9,549

11,124

11,560

2012

16,700

20,137

20,387

1977

7,444

8,884

9,057

1995

10,085

11,832

12,043

2013p

18,082

20,930

21,230

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

p - preliminary

The World Copper Factbook 2013

Copper Today

The global demand for copper continues to grow: world refined usage has more than tripled in the last 50 years thanks to expanding sectors such as electrical and electronic products, building construction, industrial machinery and equipment, transportation equipment, and consumer and general products. Some of the highlights of 2012 copper production and usage are listed below. In the chapters that follow, more in-depth information is presented on copper production, trade, usage, and recycling. For the most up-to-date information on the global copper market, please visit our website at www.icsg.org.

Copper Production Highlights

Preliminary figures indicate that global copper mine production in 2012 reached 16.7 million tonnes. The largest producer of mined copper was Chile (over 5.4 million tonnes).

Smelter production in 2012 reached around 16.7 million tonnes. China was the largest producer of blister & anode in 2012 (over 5.3 million tonnes)

Refinery Production in 2012 increased to 20.1 million tonnes, including 3.6 million tonnes of secondary refined production.

Copper Usage Highlights

Refined copper usage (usage by semis plants or the first users of copper) in 2012 reached 20.5 million tonnes. China was also the largest consumer of refined copper in 2012 with apparent usage of over 8.8 million tonnes.

According to the International Copper Association (ICA), equipment was the largest copper end-use sector last year, followed by infrastructure and building construction.

New copper applications being developed include antimicrobial copper touch surfaces, lead-free brass plumbing, high tech copper wire, heat exchangers, and new consumer products as well.

Images courtesy of CDA and Luis Hernán Herreros from www.visnu.cl, © Copyright Anglo American (Faena Los Bronces y Mantos Blancos – Chile)

The World Copper Factbook 2013

ANNEX

World Copper Production and Usage, 1960-2012

Thousand Metric Tonnes

Source: ICSG

 

Mine

Refined

Refined

 

Mine

Refined

Refined

 

Mine

Refined

Refined

 

Production

Production

Usage

 

Production

Production

Usage

 

Production

Production

Usage

1960

3,924

4,998

4,738

1978

7,306

9,030

9,527

1996

11,099

12,677

12,531

1961

4,081

5,127

5,050

1979

7,371

9,200

9,848

1997

11,538

13,478

13,103

1962

4,216

5,296

5,048

1980

7,230

9,261

9,396

1998

12,251

14,075

13,519

1963

4,286

5,400

5,500

1981

7,721

9,573

9,522

1999

12,775

14,578

14,302

1964

4,443

5,739

5,995

1982

7,745

9,319

9,090

2000

13,206

14,793

15,187

1965

4,769

6,059

6,193

1983

7,843

9,541

9,510

2001

13,633

15,638

15,009

1966

4,987

6,324

6,445

1984

8,137

9,440

9,930

2002

13,577

15,354

15,210

1967

4,743

6,004

6,195

1985

8,288

9,616

9,798

2003

13,757

15,272

15,717

1968

5,010

6,653

6,523

1986

8,266

9,920

10,112

2004

14,592

15,918

16,838

1969

5,682

7,212

7,137

1987

8,592

10,148

10,293

2005

14,923

16,572

16,674

1970

5,900

7,592

7,291

1988

8,775

10,512

10,668

2006

14,984

17,291

17,034

1971

5,941

7,404

7,296

1989

9,084

10,908

11,081

2007

15,516

17,903

18,196

1972

6,541

8,100

7,942

1990

9,226

10,804

10,886

2008

15,569

18,214

18,053

1973

6,915

8,544

8,740

1991

9,372

10,686

10,563

2009

15,943

18,248

18,070

1974

7,097

8,759

8,310

1992

9,497

11,042

10,866

2010

16,053

18,981

19,346

1975

6,735

8,187

7,445

1993

9,553

11,249

10,992

2011

16,076

19,596

19,830

1976

7,289

8,632

8,539

1994

9,549

11,124

11,560

2012p

16,705

20,118

20,511

1977

7,444

8,884

9,057

1995

10,085

11,832

12,043

 

 

 

 

p - preliminary

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