Global secondary Copper production from Scrap climbs during 2018
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%).