14th Asia Copper Conference

Confirmation of ALTA 2020 ONLINE format

This digital version of ALTA’s highly-successful annual conference will make it easy to participate from the comfort and safety of your home or office, from anywhere in the world. Registration is set to reopen from 20 July. The online format includes:

live keynote speakers with Q&A

on-demand technical presentations

virtual exhibition

high-profile sponsorship opportunities

live panel discussions

network with delegates, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors

six short courses


ALUMINIUM Fair to be held from 18 to 20 May 2021

Reed Exhibitions Deutschand GmbH announced on 1st July that ALUMINIUM, seen as the world’s leading trade fair for the Aluminium Industry, and due take place in Düsseldorf from 6 to 8 October, has been postponed to 18 to 20 May 2021 due to the serious consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic for international supply chains. The accompanying ALUMINIUM Conference will also be postponed until next year.

Dr. Gerd Goetz, Director General of the European Aluminium industry association, commented: “Our main focus is currently on sustainable economic measures to overcome the crisis by the EU and its member states.”

ALUMINIUM 2020 rescheduling

Call for Papers – IERC 2021 Salzburg

The 20th International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC 2021 event organisers ICM AG invite interested authors to submit their key message to info@icm.ch before 20 July 2020.

IERC 2021 is the leading event of the ‘CIRCULAR ECONOMY of ELECTRONICS’, bringing together more than 500 international professionals. The event runs from 20 – 22 January 2021 in Salzburg, Austria with scheduled plant tours and around 80 exhibitors expected.

IERC 2021

CRU Sulphur + Sulphuric Acid 2020 is both Live + Virtual

CRU is excited to announce a virtual event which will run alongside CRU Sulphur + Sulphuric Acid Conference in The Hague from 2-4 November 2020.

It is still the intention to run a live event in November 2020, but a virtual platform in addition to the live event will continue to provide the essential annual forum for the full global sulphur and acid community to learn and network.

CRU Sulphur + Sulphuric Acid

ALTA 2020 is moving online

With the global pandemic restricting travel, and for the well-being of all participants, ALTA 2020 is transforming to an online event. The online format offers flexibility and includes: live keynote speakers with Q&A, on-demand technical presentations, virtual exhibition, high-profile sponsorship opportunities, live panel discussions, networking opportunities, six short courses.

On 27 May a 24-hr Global Muster organised by Amira Global in partnership with ALTA was a great success. Together it achieved a continuous 24hr conversation on the Future of Mineral Processing. There were 72 topics, seamlessly presented every 20 minutes from around the globe to over 440 registrations with between 70 and 100 listeners at any one point. The event filled the gap in the industry calendar due to ALTA 2020 being rescheduled.

ALTA 2020

Copper Matters webinar series – CRU

CRU World Copper Conference is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new webinar series – Copper Matters.
Find out what’s important in the copper industry as leaders and innovators share what they really think about the future, in these free to attend webinars.

The first webinar will focus on “The Copper Mark: The Industry’s Commitment to Responsible Production”

Earlier this year the first and only comprehensive social and environmental assurance system for copper, the Copper Mark, was formally launched. The Copper Mark gives copper mines a tangible way to demonstrate their responsible production practices and contribution to the United Nations SDGs. This webinar will feature a discussion with the Copper Mark’s Michèle Brülhart and early adopters of the system.



Michèle Brülhart , Executive Director of the Copper Mark.

Georgina Hallett , Chief of Staff for London Metals Exchange.

Alan Chirgwin , VP of Sales and Marketing for Copper and Diamonds, Rio Tinto.

This one-hour webinar will take place Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 2.30pm BST / 3.30pm CET. Register here


FTTN 16 – Weekly News Update (delayed)

3 APR – Antofagasta sets up US$ 6 M medical aid fund for Choapa province in Chile. See Antofagasta

7 APR – 5th China International LiCoNi Summit on 13-14 May in Ningbo is also on web. See SMM

9 APR – BIR is asking shipping lines and ports to waive costs and fees on stranded recycling containers. See S & P Global

9 APR – SMM has listed global impacts of COVID-19 on copper miners among others. See SMM

14 APR – FCX is looking to increase production at its majority-owned Cerro Verde mine in Peru. See Mining Journal

14 APR – Glencore says updated 2020 guidance and Q1 production report are due 30 April. See Glencore

15 APR – Quebec has some mines re-opening from this date. See Mining Magazine



FTTN 15 – Weekly News Update

3 APR – Antofagasta sets up US$ 6 M medical aid fund for Choapa province in Chile. See Antofagasta

3 APR – ACC Copper College 2020 due to start on 5 May in Chicago has been cancelled. See American Copper Council

3 APR – CRU Events is releasing webinars in w/c 6th, 20th and 27th April. See CRU Group

3 APR- ICSG preliminary data shows world mine production declined by about 0.7% in 2019. See ICSG

3 APR – LME has procedures to manage a temporary approved warehouse unavailability. See LME

3 APR – Vedanta will fund up to 201 crores to tackle COVID-19 in India. See Vedanta

3 APR – Zijin Mining donated RMB 10 M to Fujian medical team assisting Hubei Province. See Zijin Mining

6 APR – Los Pelambres Expansion INCO project is suspended for up to 120 days. See Antofagasta

7 APR – Cobre Panama shut by MINSA authority after COVID-19 death. See First Quantum

7 APR – Grupo Mexico has provided more than eight thousand School hygiene and cleaning kits. See Grupo Mexico

8 APR – BHP has had a few contained cases of COVID-19 and all are recovering well. See BHP

8 APR – EMCE 2020 due from 29 June 2020 in Tokyo has been postponed. See ICM – EMCE





FTTN 14 – Weekly News Update

19 MAR – SMS group commissions Ningbo Jintian CRM in Jiangsu. See SMS group 

20 MAR – COVID-19 can last up to 4 hours on a copper surface. See ICA

25 MAR – CRU forecasts Chinese EV sales growth in 2020 year-on-year. See CRU Group

3 APR – Metso partner FEMCO Holdings to support NAM metal recycling equipment. See Metso


FTTN 13 – Weekly News Update

19 MAR – Roskill has cancelled its events up to 1 September 2020. See Roskill

20 MAR – BHP is to hire 1,500 workers across Australia on 6 month contracts. See BHP

20 MAR – Glencore had no material disruptions at operating assets or supply chain up to 20 March. See Glencore

20 MAR – LME has temporarily moved to fully electronic pricing from 23 March. See LME

24 MAR – CMSC 2020 Canadian Materials Science Conference is now in June 2021. See CMSC 2020

25 MAR – Codelco will suspend some of its projects for 15 days including Chuquicamata u/g mine. See Codelco



FTTN 12 – Weekly News Update

16 MAR – ALTA 2020 in Perth will now run from 7-14 November 2020. See ALTA 2020

16 MAR – The 19th CRU World Copper Conference will take place in Santiago from 12-14 April 2021. See 19th WCC

17 MAR – Wire/Tube 2020 will now run in Duesseldorf from 7-11 December 2020. See wire/Tube 2020

17 MAR – ISRI 2020 has been postponed from the end of April. Stand by for further announcements. See ISRI 2020

17 MAR – ZIMEC 2020 will take place in Kitwe, Zambia from 24-25 November 2020. See ZIMEC 2020 

17 MAR – Metal + Metallurgy China 2020 is now rescheduled to 18-20 August 2020. See Metal + Metallurgy China


Week 25 – COM + Copper 2019, 17 – 21 August 2019

Vancouver is the barometer of copper innovation #3

COM + Copper 2019 Awards

The MetSoc of CIM Awards of Excellence Program will present the following accolades at the MetSoc Awards banquet on 20 August during COM + Copper 2019 in Vancouver:

  • Airey Award
  • Award for Research Excellence
  • Silver Medal
  • Brimacombe Award
  • Environmental Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Student Scholarships
  • Technical Section Awards.

The various sections of METSOC will also be giving out the following awards:

  • Distinguished Materials Scientist
  • Sherritt Hydrometallurgy
  • Light Metals Best Paper
  • Pyrometallurgy
  • MetSoc Best Paper.

MetSoc thanks its Awards supporters who contributed to the MetSoc Fund for Students CIM Foundation.

Kemetco and BC Research tour

This 22 August tour comprises as follows:

Kemetco Research is a private sector integrated science, technology and innovation company. The tour will provide an opportunity to see Kemetco’s newly constructed (2015) 20,000 sq ft R&D facility in Richmond, BC. Some of Kemetco’s commercialisation projects will be viewed, such as the robust ORP sensor (UBC Technology), a lithium ion battery recycling pilot plant, and a hydrometallurgical process pilot plant.

BC Research is part of the NORAM group of companies, which is vertically integrated to provide clients with a unique technology development and commercialisation ecosystem in chemical engineering, extractive metallurgy, and clean-tech processes and technologies. The tour will be of BCRI’s new piloting and laboratory space in Richmond, BC. Some of BCRI’s signature projects will be on display, which might include work on electrochemical salt splitting, green energy, oil and gas, waste treatment, and new chemical processes.

COM + Copper 2019


Week 24 – COM + Copper 2019, 17 – 21 August 2019

Vancouver is the barometer of copper innovation #2

Events and learning at COM 2019 hosting Copper 2019 in addition to the main Conference streams are:

  • Plenary session
  • Short Courses
  • Networking at the Trade Show
  • Poster session
  • Industrial Tours
  • Conference Banquet & MetSoc Awards.

Organisational structure

Metsoc, the 58th annual Conference of Metallurgists (COM 2019) and CIM are honoured to host Copper 2019, marking a milestone in the Copper Conference series with the 10th Edition. The success and outcome of the Copper Conference is the work of the six leading International Professional Societies (IIMCh, GDMB, MMIJ, TMS, SME, MetSoc) who tirelessly persevere in bringing forth symposia of the highest quality to the delegates. In 2019, we are proud to add NFSOC and SAIMM as official co-organising societies for Copper 2019. The Conference Chairs and Organising Committee include:

COM 2019 Chair:

Edouard Asselin, University of British Columbia

Copper 2019 Chair:

Joël Kapusta, BBA Inc.

Copper 2019 Technical Chair:

Ahmad Ghahreman, Queen’s University

Short Course Chair:

Peter Lind, Newmont Goldcorp

Co-organising Societies

The Metallurgy and Materials Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (MetSoc-CIM), Canada

Society of Metallurgists and Miners e.V. (GDMB), Germany

Chilean Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMCh), Chile

The Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan (MMIJ), Japan

The NonFerrous Metals Society of China (NFSOC), China

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), United States

Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), South Africa

Society for Mining, Metallugy, and Exploration (SME), United States.

COM + Copper 2019


Week 22 – COM + Copper 2019, 18-21 August 2019

Vancouver is the barometer of copper innovation #1

Copper 2019 is the 10thedition of the global Professional copper metallurgy meeting, and the first in North America since 2007. COM 2019 is the Annual Conference of Metallurgists and is the premier event in Canada for the metallurgy and materials community.

Conference topics will include:

  • Cu-Downstream Fabrication and Applications
  • Cu-Electrowinning and Electrorefining
  • Cu-Health and Safety in Operations
  • Cu-Hydrometallurgy
  • Cu-Mineral Processing
  • Cu-Process Control, Optimization, and Instrumentation
  • Cu-Pyrometallurgy (The Phillip Mackey Symposium)
  • Cu-Sustainability and Waste Management
  • COM 2019-2nd China-Canada Non-Ferrous Metallurgy.


COM + Copper 2019 takes place from 18-21 August 2019 in Vancouver Convention Center. Surveys show that 75% of attendees are directly from the Metallurgy and Materials industry sector. Copper 2019 expects over 1,000 delegates from over 25 countries. Demographically participants are primarily company executives, senior metallurgists, professional engineers, researchers and members of academia.

COM + Copper 2019


Week 20 – COM + Copper 2019, 18 – 21 August 2019

COM + Copper 2019

MetSoc, the 58th annual Conference of Metallurgists (COM 2019) and CIM are honoured to host Copper 2019 in Vancouver, marking a milestone in the International Copper Conference Series with the 10th Edition. The success and outcome of the Copper Conference is the work of the eight leading International Professional Societies (IIMCh, GDMB, MetSoc, MMIJ, NFSOC, SAIMM, SME, TMS) who tirelessly persevere in bringing forth symposia of the highest quality to the delegates.

For any other questions on registration: com@cimregistration.org

Week 5 – Notes from IERC 2019 in Salzburg

Copper Worldwide magazine attended IERC 2019 with a Poster Presentation

China restrictions on scrap imports have had a major effect on the market for WEEE recycling. Integrators and sorting technology specialists alike have seen an upsurge in both enquiries and projects running into 2019, from producers and others keen to capitalise on a wider, higher value range of material fractions than before. The processing methodology has also shifted towards separation of the plastics early on, to recycle the valuable parts. One of the problems with plastics is fire retardants and the associated EU legislation. The remaining metals can then be sorted. For more information see CW Vol 9 No 1 issue.

IERC 2019

November 2019

8th Annual Asia Copper Week (ACW) 2019, Shanghai, China

Features four primary events: the Asia Copper Conference, China Copper Seminar, the CEO Summit and the 8th Asia Copper Dinner. Also ICA Workshop

STATS (2018): Over 1,800 international industry representatives and 60+ leading luminaries

8th Annual Asia Copper Week

Autumn 2019

ICA / IWCC Workshop on Trends in Copper Demand, London, UK

Jointly presented by the International Copper Association and the International Wrought Copper Council

ICA / IWCC Workshop



Autumn 2019

Mines and Money London, London, United Kingdom

The show features matchmaking tools and daily social events including the prestigious Gala Dinner and Awards.

STATS: Organisers expect 210 speakers, >30 exhibitors, and over 2,500 attendees

mines and money London

11 – 12 September 2017

MetPlant 2017, Perth, Australia

Covering best practice in metallurgical plant design – Mineral Processing, Hydrometallurgy, Biometallurgy, Tailings Management and more.

STATS: First held in 2002

MetPlant 2017


14 – 17 November 2017

Electronics & Cars Recycling WRF 2017, Macau, China

The event covers electronics and cars collection, recycling, reuse and remanufacturing. Workshops and Plant Tours are planned.

STATS: Around 18 exhibitors

WRF 2017


4 – 7 November 2019

Sulphur 2019, Houston, TX, USA

The 35th Edition has a new Sulphuric Acid Troubleshooting Clinic this year. Production operators/engineers can register at a special rate.

STATS: Over 550 attendees and 70 exhibitors are expected.

Sulphur 2019

28 – 31 October 2019

6th IMARC 2019, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian mining sector is worth more than US$ 13 billion annually and employs more than 120,000 people.

STATS: Around 3,000 participants and 100 exhibitors are expected.

IMARC 2019

October 2019

Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit SIPS 2019, Cyprus

Honours by Symposia

STATS (2016): 11 parallel sessions, over 520 presentations from 80 countries

15 – 17 October 2019

3rd International Metallic Mining Hall, Seville, Spain

Sustainability and the circular economy will be the unifying threads of this congress. Papers are arranged around thirteen subject sections.

STATS (2015): 10,000 visitors, 114 exhibitors, 75 presentations and 700 conference delegates.


October 2019

Mines and Money Americas, Toronto, Canada

A centerpiece of Mines and Money Americas will be the Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards and Gala Dinner.

STATS: Speakers listed ATOP, over 100 investors will be present.


16 – 17 August 2017

The Mine Water Innovation & Technology Conference, Lima, Peru

Brings together professionals from the LatAm region to exchange ideas on current practices in water management with an emphasis on creating new opportunities for water experts to look into Innovative & progressive Water Technologies.

STATS: 13 Speakers listed ATOP, Exhibitor option



18 – 22 September 2017

PERUMIN 33 Mining Convention, Arequipa, Peru

Held at the Public University of San Agustín in Arequipa, Peru. It will have 7 academic/commercial meetings.

STATS: More than 1,600 stands at the Mining Technological Fair (EXTEMIN), comprising 15 International Delegations and more than 800 exhibitors from the industry.



20 – 22 September 2017

Mining World Central Asia, Almaty, Kazakhstan (Annual)

Central Asian International Mining Exploration & Mining Equipment Exhibition and Forum

STATS (2016): 1,914 attendees, 196 exhibitors (110 international) from 24 countries




29 – 30 August 2017

2a Conferencia: Excelencia Estratégica en la Minería (Mining Strategic Excellence Conference), Santiago, Chile

Organised by Metal Bulletin and Plusmining, and will focus on strategic planning, financing, market trends, technological innovation and practical solutions for success.

STATS (2016): Estimated 16 presentations and 75 delegates



18 – 23 September 2017

EMO 2017, Hannover, Germany

Machine tool and metalworking fair running an Industry 4.0 area, organised by the VDW and mav. The EMO 2017 slogan is ‘Connecting systems for intelligent production’.

STATS (2013): More than 2,130 exhibitors, and around 143,000 visitors from over 100 countries.




Nov 2016

Copper/Cobre 2016

The Copper 2016 Conference (9th Edition) held on 13-16 November in Kobe, Japan was the first to be held in Asia in its 30 year history. There were 272 papers in total and the event attracted over 747 delegates from 31 countries.


More than 2,000 people from more than 20 countries and over 100 leading companies met from 15 – 17 November 2016 for the 12th MB Asia Copper Conference, the V CEO’s Summit and the V Asian Copper Dinner.

Mar/Apr 2017

30th International Copper Conference

This year’s MB International Copper Conference in Leipzig, Germany from 13 – 15 March 2017 is the 30th edition. It includes a field trip to MKM Hettstedt. As always, the aim is to link up the value chain to foster debate and global industry growth.

16th World Copper Conference

Held during CESCO Week in Santiago, Chile from 3 – 5 April 2017, around 475 delegates from 35 countries are expected. Starts with a site visit to Chuquicamata and Ministro Hales Mines and includes the International Exploration Forum, Metallurgical Sulphuric Acid Seminar, Innovation Showcase, Technical Case Studies, and ICA Workshop.