ALTA 2016 Copper World News Brass alloys 2016

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KEY WORDS “The role of science and technology on sustainability is a diagnostic and strongly remedial one. Scientists and engineers need to be better recognised at a society-wide level for the crucial work they do in terms of sustainability” - Florian Kongoli

SPOTLIGHT - OIL AND COPPER Possibly only one analyst saw the 2014 price drop coming. The OECD expected the global economy to grow 3.3% in 2016 (IMF 3.6%) at time of publication (Feb).


The revised refined copper balance for the first eleven months of 2015 indicates a production surplus of around 50,000 tonnes, and a seasonally adjusted surplus of about 170,000 t.

CESCO Week 2016 in Santiago will see the 20th CESCO Dinner, the 9th International Exploration Forum, the GFMS Copper Survey 2016, the 15th World Copper Conference featuring the new Innovation Showcase, and the 3rd Mining Suppliers Seminar.

Nine large copper smelters in China have agreed that they could deepen planned 2016 production cuts from the 350,000 tonnes of refined copper set earlier depending on earnings, according to Reuters.

Paper published recently in the International Journal of Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA), entitled Mineral resources in life cycle impact assessment - defining the path forward. Co-authored by the ECI.

The copper market recorded a surplus of 248 kt in January to November 2015 which follows a surplus of 116 kt in the whole of 2014, according to January’s WBMS figures.

According to Antaike Copper & Copper Fabrication Monthly No.229, the utilisation rate of the circa 455 thousand tonnes of Chinese smelting capacity averaged 84 per cent for the whole of 2015.


  • ELECTROWINNING - Large SX-EW facilities, Cathode technology
  • REFINERY TECHNOLOGY - Brand registration process, New copper complexes
  • CHILE AND PERU INSIGHT - Global standing, Projects updates
  • COPPER SEMIS - New South America and MENAT data



DEC 15 No let-up in skills shortage crisis
More than half (55%) of mining employers cut staff in 2015 and an additional 40% expect to cut in 2016, according to an industry survey by the recruiting firm Hays. 63 per cent of resource and mining employers are not actively hiring new graduates despite reports of a growing skills shortage.

NOV 15 Resources investments have recovered in 2015
Capital raised in 2015 by natural resources funds is set to match the record US$ 61bn raised by such funds in 2013. Fundraising to October 2015 is more than the US$ 52bn raised in the year 2014, said Preqin Research Center in its Special Report: Institutional Investors in Natural Resources Funds.

OCT-NOV 15 Asia Copper Conference to be well attended - starts 17th Nov
Metal Bulletin Events’ 11th Asia Copper Conference, the official conference of CESCO’s Asia Copper Week, is set to be the biggest yet - the number of confirmed attendees has already surpassed last year’s with more registrations still expected. To register:

24 AUG 15 ICSG issues preliminary data for May 2015
In the first five months of 2015, world apparent usage is estimated to have declined by around 280,000 t compared with that in the same period of 2014. World mine production is estimated to have increased by 277,000 t in the period.

21 AUG 15 WBMS records surplus to end of June 2015
The copper market recorded a surplus of 151 kt in January to June 2015 which follows a surplus of 295 kt in the whole of 2014, according to World Bureau of Metal Statistics data released in August.

20 AUG 15 Stable concentrate supply forecast
The world’s largest copper recycler, Aurubis Group, expects supply of copper concentrates to remain stable in the near term. It also foresees considerable improvement in treatment and refining charges during the upcoming quarter.

30 JUN 15 China’s 30% VAT rebate for scrap copper recyclers
China has re-launched a 30% rebate for the VAT imposed on copper scrap recyclers starting from 1 July, but the impact on refined copper may be limited.

25 JUN 15 Study finds U.S. permit delays harm mining investment
An SNL Metals & Mining study released in June 2015 shows how delays in the U.S. mine permitting process diminish the value of a minerals project, underscoring the urgent need for a streamlined permitting process.

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