14th Asia Copper Conference

Copper Worldwide Third Quarter Vol 13 No 3 Issue

20 OCT 2023

Copper Worldwide Third Quarter Vol 13 No 3 Issue

The latest Copper Worldwide issue (Vol 13 No 3) has now been published and distributed with significant content around the Run-of-Mine and Hydrometallurgy sectors, Recycling and Scrap, and Copper Semis, along with News, Contracts and People stories.

The next print issue of CW is due for publication in December 2023.

CRU World Copper Conference 2023 takes place from 15-16 November in Shanghai. CRU Consulting‘s Minxin Chen will be continuing the Core vs. Critical conversation at the World Copper Conference Asia in Shanghai on 15-16 November. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to gain valuable insights and meet industry thought leaders.

ALTA 2024 is still open for abstracts submission until 30 November – details are on the ALTA Metallurgical website.

See side panels on this website for other recent and upcoming events.

Best wishes for a prosperous final quarter.

Thank you very much

Chris K. Holding


The Copper Worldwide Vol 12 No 3 issue will include features, interviews and content arising from the wire 2022 show. I will also be looking at a specific area of the semis market in depth.

Phillip Mackey and myself continue to work on the Plant History Series as launched in CW Vol 12 No 1 issue, so do look out for the next instalments.

Here is the intended CW Vol 12 No 3 running order:


Copper Semis

Extrusion Process Technology

Recycling and Scrap Processing

Instrumentation and Monitoring


Run of Mine Operations

Plant Optimisation

The target copy date is mid-August, with extension possible by agreement.

If you wish to comment re anything mentioned above, or would like to discuss a contribution, upcoming event or otherwise, please message me on LinkedIn in the first instance.

Closing once again with wire, I will be attending the upcoming CRU Wire & Cable 2022 Conference as well.

It would great to hear from you

Kind regards


Only six months to Copper 2022!

Great that Santiago in Chile will once again host the 11th Edition of the Copper/Cobre Conference from 13-17 November 2022 (url: www.copper2022.cl), an event which was first held there 35 years ago. This will be the fifth time co-organising and hosting for the Chilean Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMCh), following the successful 1987, 1995, 2003 and 2013 Editions. I note that Participating Authors have until 31 May 2022 to submit their final papers, whilst the Oral and Poster Registration deadline is in August, according to the event website.

Best regards

Chris Holding


Copper Worldwide Vol 11 No 4 issue summary

Copper Worldwide Volume 11 No 4 issue lineup

Content of the Copper Worldwide Vol 11 No 4 issue is as follows:

KEYWORDS on Responsible Sourcing frameworks (Page 3)

NEWS including Kamoa-Kakula, Fabrication Study, Scrap Flows, Leachingm (Pages 4, 5, 7)

SPOTLIGHT on Pandemic Positives including decarbonisation and environmental initiatives(Page 6

SECONDARY SMELTING has a special Reemeyer and Mackey article on the U.S. Copper Scrap Market (Pages 8, 9, 10)

QUALITY CONTROL is an LME Metals Seminar-inspired ‘snapshot’ article on Copper and Cobalt production in the Copperbelt (Page 11)

Other regulars comprise:







All queries are most welcome.

Best regards

Chris Holding



Copper Worldwide Vol 11 No 2 issue now available

Following a period of downtime due to a complete house & office move, I am pleased to announce the Copper Worldwide Vol 11 No 2 issue is in global distribution and things are returning to near normal shape.

Highlights in this issue include Phillip Mackey’s detailed article (pp 8,9) on the exceptional Aurubis Hamburg Smelter, which has just begun trialling hydrogen gas for copper de-oxidation in the anode furnace, whilst Analyst Jonathan Barnes (p. 12) runs over the electro-deposited copper foil market with his customary diligence. A futher page of EV sector stories is on page 21.

Given prominence on Page 3 are reviews of presentations at the most recent online copper events in April and May. Different aspects of supply, sustainability and the circular economy concept also feature (pp 1, 11) in this latest CW issue.

Best regards

Chris K. Holding


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

Copper Matters webinar series – CRU

CRU World Copper Conference is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new webinar series – .
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. 


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



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

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


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.