Losing lustre: Falling world copper prices have decreased industry revenue

Copper is one of the world's most versatile and useful metals. It conducts heat and electricity and is widely used in electronic devices and electrical wiring. Computers and other digital devices require heat sinks to prevent overheating and these systems are often made of copper. Australia is one of the world's major copper mining countries, behind Chile, Peru, the United States and China. Chile alone represents about one-third of global copper output.Australia's copper ore production is expected to increase in 2017-18 as the industry's major players increase output in response to stabilising prices. In the current year, industry revenue is projected to increase by 5.3% to reach $6.0 billion. Exports are estimated to account for 86.8%...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$6bn
Annual Growth 13-18
-1.9%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
5,818
Businesses
76

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • A weakening Australian dollar has largely offset falling global copper prices over the past five years
  • Australia's copper production volumes have increased over the period
  • The Copper Ore mining industry is forecast to return to growth over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    The Copper Ore Mining industry produces copper concentrate, electrowinning copper concentrate and copper ore.Copper concentrateCopper ore undergoes a beneficiation process to produce copper concentrate. A large proportion of industry output is derived from this method. After the copper ore is crushed and reduced to a fine powder, it undergoes a flotation process to separate the copper ore grains from the waste material. The fine powder is mixed with various chemicals and other treated in other ways to extract the copper. The copper is then sent to a smelter for further processing. The proportion of industry revenue generated from copper concentrate is expected to remain unchanged as a proportion of industry revenue over the five years through 2017-18...purchase to read more.

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    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Copper Ore Mining Industry are

  • Availability of resources
  • Downstream ownership links
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of copper and US dollars per Australian dollar in the Copper Ore Mining industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Copper Ore Mining Industry?

    Firms in the industry mine copper ore and carry out beneficiation processes. These basic processes convert the copper ore into copper concentrate, which downstream processors then smelt and refine into copper products and copper cathode.

    Industry Products
  • Copper concentrate
  • Electrowinning copper concentrate
  • Copper ore
  • Industry Activities
  • Copper ore leaching
  • Copper ore mining
  • Copper ore beneficiation processes
  • Electrowinning copper production
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of copper
  • US dollars per Australian dollar
  • Demand from building construction
  • Demand from copper tubes and wire manufacturing
  • Demand from copper, silver, lead and zinc smelting and refining

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and prices
  • Output growth
  • Export demand
  • Copper uses
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Growing global demand
  • Expanding output
  • Going up
  • Table: Copper Ore Mining Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Copper Ore Mining Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Copper, Silver, Lead and Zinc Smelting and Refining

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Contract Mining Services
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Mining Support Services
  • Petroleum Product Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Copper concentrate
  • Electrowinning copper concentrate
  • Copper ore
  • Chart: Copper Ore Mining Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Chinese copper manufacturers
  • Japanese copper manufacturers
  • Other foreign copper manufacturers
  • Domestic copper smelters and refiners
  • Indian copper manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Copper Ore Mining Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Copper Ore Mining

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Copper Ore Mining Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Glencore Holdings Pty Limited, BHP Billiton Limited, OZ Minerals Limited, Newcrest Mining Limited, Sandfire Resources NL,
  • Table: Glencore Holdings Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: BHP Billiton Limited - financial performance
  • Table: OZ Minerals Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Newcrest Mining Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Sandfire Resources NL - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Copper Ore Mining Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Copper Ore Mining Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Copper Content from Ore (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Beneficiation
  • Basic processes used to convert copper ore into copper concentrate. These processes include crushing, grinding and flotation.
  • Copper Cathode
  • A pure form of copper that can be used to make copper wire and other copper products.
  • Electrowinning
  • A process used to recover copper by passing an electrical current through a copper bearing solution.
  • Leaching
  • A process used to extract copper from ore that involves dissolving the ore in sulphuric acid solution to extract the copper.
  • Solvent Extraction
  • A process that involves dissolving the copper contained in ore using sulphuric acid and then processing the resulting liquid to recover both the copper and the acid.
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