SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The trade statistics published by the World Bureau of Metal Statistics (WBMS) indicate that global copper market recorded marginal deficit during the initial five-month period of the current year. The global copper market recorded deficit of 189 kt during the quarter. This follows a deficit of 283 kt recorded during the whole of the previous year.
The reported copper metal stock stood higher by 70 kt at the end of May 2022, when compared with end-December 2021 levels. The net deliveries into Shanghai warehouses were 3.3 kt. The Comex stocks of the metal witnessed increase by 10.9 kt.
WBMS Points to Surplus Primary Aluminum Market Till May
World Copper Metal Balance in Deficit Until April
The world copper mine production from January to May this year totalled 8.8 million tonnes, slightly higher by 1.1% when compared with the corresponding five-month period a year before. The global refined copper output too recorded modest increase over the previous year. The refined production totalled 10.3 million tonnes, marginally higher by 2.0% when compared with the previous year. The WBMS report notes that significant increases were recorded in China, where production rose by 157 kt.
The global copper demand edged higher by 3.4% in Jan-May ‘22 to 10.47 million tonnes, than the total recorded during Jan-May ’21.
The monthly refined copper production totalled 2,070.9 kt in May 2022, whereas the demand totalled 2,105.2 kt.
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