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Copper December 27, 2022 06:50:12 PM

ICSG Posted Deficit Copper Market Till End-October This Year

Paul Ploumis
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The world refined copper output increased modestly by 2.6% during the initial ten-month period in 2022.

ICSG Posted Deficit Copper Market Till End-October This Year

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The preliminary data for world copper supply and demand for the month of December 2022 indicates that the market ended in apparent deficit during the first ten months of the current year. The December 2022 Copper Bulletin published by the International Copper Study Group (ICSG) states that refined copper market balance ended at a deficit of approximately 307,000 tonnes during this period.

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The world copper mine production has increased marginally by nearly 3.5% during the period from January to October in 2022. The concentrate production has increased by around 3.1%, whereas the SX-EW output has registered a surge by about 5%. The production in Chile- the world’s largest copper mine producing country, was down by 6.4% during the initial ten-month period of the year. Also, mine output growth in Peru was limited to 2% during this period.

The world refined copper output increased modestly by 2.6% during the initial ten-month period in 2022. The primary production reported an increase of 3.0%, while the secondary production was up slightly by 0.4%.

The apparent refined copper usage witnessed growth by 2.7% in Jan-Oct ‘22. The Chinese apparent usage saw 4.5% increase, partially offsetting the decline in other regions. The world ex-China refined copper usage is estimated to have increased by around 0.6% during this period, when compared with the corresponding ten-month period in 2021, said ICSG Copper Bulletin.

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