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Global Copper mine production increases 2.8% during Jan-Sept

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LONDON (Scrap Register): Global Copper mine production is estimated to have increased by about 2.8% in the first nine month of 2018, with concentrate production rising by 2.7% and solvent extraction-electro winning (SX-EW) by 3%, according to International Copper Study Group (ICSG).

The increase in world mine production of about 410,000 t copper was mainly due to constrained output in 2017 (mainly in Chile, Indonesia and the DRC).

Production in Chile, the world’s biggest copper mine producing country, increased by 7% primarily because production in February/March 2017 was restricted by a strike at Escondida (the world’s biggest copper mine) and also because there has been an improvement in Codelco’s production levels in 2018.

Indonesian  output  increased  by  23%  because  comparative  output  in  2017  was  negatively  affected  by  a  temporary  ban  onconcentrate exports that startedin January and ended in April.

SX-EW production in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)increased by 11% and Zambian mine output increased by 9%due to the restart of temporarily closed capacity in both countries.

Although no major supply disruptions occurred in the first nine months of this year, overall growth was partially offset by loweroutput in Canada (-11%) and in the United States (-4.5%).

After a strong increase over the last few  years  due  to  new  and  expanded  capacity,  output  in  Peru  (the  world’s  second  largestcopper mine producing country) has stabilized.

On a regional basis, mine production is estimated to have increasedby around 7.5% in Africa, 4% in Latin America, 3% in Asiaand 8% in Oceania but declined by 5% in North America and remained essentially unchanged in Europe.

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