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.
Chris K. Holding
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
high-profile sponsorship opportunities
live panel discussions
network with delegates, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors
six short courses
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.”
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
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
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
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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-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
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.
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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.
15th Fastmarkets MB Events ACC, Shanghai
Focus on market drivers as well as supply and demand fundamentals.
STATS (2018): Over 200 delegates, and 44 Speakers and Panellists
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
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
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.
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.