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TABLE 1
SALIENT COPPER STATISTICS1
(Metric tons, unless otherwise specified)
 
      2008   2009   2010   2011   2012
United States:
Mine production:  
Ore concentrated thousand metric tons 219,000 149,000 160,000 r 187,000 r 180,000
Average yield of concentrated ore percent 0.36   0.46   0.41 r 0.34 r 0.36
Recoverable copper:
Arizona   836,000 711,000 703,000 751,000 763,000
New Mexico   104,000 56,500 52,700 66,000 103,000
Other States 368,000   414,000   353,000   296,000   300,000
Total   1,310,000 1,180,000 1,110,000 1,110,000 1,170,000
Total value millions $9,200 $6,290 $8,520 $9,960 $9,450
Smelter production:  
Primary and secondary   574,000 597,000 601,000 538,000 485,000
Byproduct sulfuric acid, sulfur content thousand metric tons 655   671   704   679   545
Refinery production:
Primary materials:  
Electrolytic from domestic ores 603,000 588,000 606,000 545,000 491,000
Electrolytic from foreign materials   109,000 48,300 21,000 W W
Electrowon 508,000 r 476,000   430,000   447,000   471,000
Total   1,220,000 1,110,000 1,060,000 992,000 962,000
Secondary materials (scrap), electrolytic and fire refined 53,800   46,400   37,700   37,300   39,500
Grand total 1,270,000   1,160,000   1,090,000   1,030,000   1,000,000
Secondary copper produced:  
Recovered from new scrap 700,000 639,000 642,000 649,000 642,000
Recovered from old scrap   159,000   138,000   143,000   153,000   164,000
Total 859,000 777,000 785,000 802,000 807,000
Copper sulfate production   22,000 22,400 23,700 22,800 22,500
Exports, refined   36,500 80,800 78,300 40,400 159,000
Imports, refined   724,000 664,000 605,000 670,000 630,000
Stocks, December 31:
Blister and in-process material   24,100   15,500   21,100   13,000   12,300
Refined copper:
Refineries   18,300 23,700 10,300 8,360 12,900
Wire-rod mills 31,700 24,700 19,700 24,000 28,100
Brass mills   8,340 7,610 6,400 6,850 6,540
Other industry 3,230 4,290 4,380 4,330 4,180
COMEX   31,300 90,000 58,600 79,800 64,100
London Metal Exchange (LME), U.S. warehouses 106,000   283,000   284,000   286,000   120,000
Total   199,000 434,000 384,000 409,000 236,000
Consumption:
Refined copper, reported   2,020,000 1,650,000 1,760,000 1,760,000 1,760,000
Apparent consumption, primary refined and old scrap2 2,000,000 1,580,000 1,760,000 1,730,000 1,770,000
Price:  
Producer, weighted average cents per pound 319.16 241.24 348.34 405.85 367.28
COMEX, first position do. 313.36 r 235.42 342.51 400.05 361.45
LME, Grade A cash do. 315.47 233.56 341.74 399.79 360.58
World, production:  
Mine thousand metric tons 15,600 16,000 - 16,200 r 16,300 r 17,000
Smelter do. 14,600 - 14,900 - 15,600 r 15,900 r 16,100
Refinery do.   18,300   18,300 - 19,100   19,700   20,100
rRevised. do. Ditto. W Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data.
1Data are rounded to no more than three significant digits, except prices; may not add to totals shown.
2In 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, apparent consumption was calculated using general imports of 721,000 metric tons (t), 645,000 t, 583,000 t,
649,000 t, and 628,000 t, respectively.

Source: United States Geological Survey Mineral Resources Program

See also: Mineral commodity prices


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