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Global secondary Copper production from Scrap climbs during 2018

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LONDON (Scrap Register): Preliminary data indicates that world refined production is estimated to have increased by 1.5% in 2018 with primary production (electrolytic and electrowinning) increasing by around 2% and secondary production (from scrap) declining by 1%, according to International Copper Study Group.

The World  growth  was  constrained  by  an  unusually  high  frequency  of  smelter  disruptions  and  temporary  shutdowns  for  technical  upgrades/modernizations.

The main contributor to the growth in world refined production was China due to its continued expansion of capacity. A rise of 1.3% in Chile was a consequence of a recovery from 2017 when output was negatively impacted by a series of smelter maintenance shutdowns.

However, despite this increase, Chilean output in 2018 was still 6% lower than in 2016 as it was also impacted by temporary smelter shutdowns while undergoing upgrades to comply with the new environmental regulation.

Japanese output rose by 7% recovering from reduced output in 2017 when a major smelter undertook extended maintenance. Increases in electrowinning (SX-EW) output in the DRC and Zambia also contributed to world refined production growth.

Overall growth was partially offset by a 34% decline in India’s output due to the shutdown of Vedanta’s Tuticorin smelter in April and declines in Germany, the Philippines and Poland as a consequence of maintenance shutdowns and operational issues.

On a regional basis, refined output is estimated to have increased in Africa (10%), Asia (1%), Europe (1.5%), Oceania (5%) andLatin America (1%).

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