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TABLE 1
SALIENT COPPER STATISTICS 1
(Metric tons, unless otherwise specified)
 
      2006   2007   2008   2009   2010  
United States: -
Mine production:  
Ore concentrated thousand metric tons 163,000 138,000 156,000 149,000 152,000
Average yield of concentrated ore percent 0.40   0.46   0.50   0.46   0.43  
Recoverable copper:
Arizona   712,000 731,000 836,000 711,000 703,000
New Mexico   113,000 108,000 104,000 56,500 52,700
Other States 372,000 329,000 368,000   414,000   353,000  
Total   1,200,000   1,170,000   1,310,000 1,180,000 1,110,000
Total value millions - $8,310 $8,450 $9,200 $6,290 $8,520
Smelter production:  
Primary and secondary   501,000 617,000 574,000 597,000 601,000
Byproduct sulfuric acid, sulfur content thousand metric tons 576   720   655   671   682 e
Refinery production:
Primary materials:  
Electrolytic from domestic ores 531,000 702,000 603,000 588,000 606,000
Electrolytic from foreign materials   144,000 62,100 109,000 48,300 21,000
Electrowon 530,000   504,000   507,000   476,000   430,000  
Total   1,210,000 1,270,000 1,220,000 1,110,000 1,060,000
Secondary materials (scrap), electrolytic and fire refined 44,800 46,000 53,800   46,400   37,700  
Grand total 1,250,000   1,310,000   1,270,000   1,160,000   1,090,000  
Secondary copper produced:  
Recovered from new scrap 819,000 767,000 697,000 639,000 r 641,000
Recovered from old scrap   151,000   158,000   156,000   138,000 r 131,000  
Total 969,000 925,000 852,000 777,000 r 772,000
Copper sulfate production   19,500 22,600 22,000 22,400 23,400
Exports, refined   106,000 51,100 36,500 80,800 78,300
Imports, refined 1,070,000 829,000 724,000 664,000 605,000
Stocks, December 31:
Blister and in-process material   18,800   26,300   24,100   15,500   21,100  
Refined copper:
Refineries   28,100 21,800 18,300 23,700 10,300
Wire-rod mills 21,500 20,600 31,700 25,300 19,700
Brass mills   34,500 10,400 8,340 7,610 6,400
Other industry 3,280 3,220 3,230 4,290 4,380
COMEX   30,900 13,500 31,300 90,000 58,600
London Metal Exchange (LME), U.S. warehouses 75,600   60,600   106,000   283,000   284,000  
Total   194,000 130,000 199,000 434,000 384,000
Consumption:
Refined copper, reported   2,110,000 2,140,000 2,020,000 1,650,000 1,760,000
Apparent consumption, primary refined and old scrap2 2,200,000 2,270,000 1,990,000 1,580,000 1,740,000
Price:  
Producer, weighted average cents per pound 314.75 328.00 319.16 241.24 348.34
COMEX, first position do. 308.94 322.17 313.35 235.42 342.51
LME, Grade A cash do. 304.85 322.83 315.47 233.56 341.74
World, production:  
Mine thousand metric tons 15,100 15,500 15,600 r 15,900 16,000
Smelter do. 14,100 14,300 14,700 14,900 r 15,600
Refinery do.   17,300   17,900   18,300   18,400   19,100  
See footnotes at end of table.
TABLE 1-Continued
SALIENT COPPER STATISTICS 1
 
eEstimated. rRevised. do. Ditto.-
1Data are rounded to no more than three significant digits, except prices; may not add to totals shown.
2In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, apparent consumption is calculated using general imports of 1,080,000 metric tons (t), 832,000 t,-
-721,000 t, 645,000 t, and 583,000 t, respectively.

Source: United States Geological Survey Mineral Resources Program

See also: Mineral commodity prices


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