Copper to the World

The inaugural Copper to the World Conference, to be held 27 June in Adelaide, South Australia, focuses on the red metal as global demand continues to climb with copper’s applications expanding across the electrical, construction, machinery, transportation and consumer good sectors.

Global copper production is finely balanced at around 19 million tonnes produced per annum and the Copper to the World conference brings together the latest trends across the international copper industry, along with technical innovations and an Australian perspective on the industry.

The South Australian Government has organised the program with a national and global copper audience in mind, securing international speakers from Chile, the UK and Australia including the Chilean Productivity Commission, Chilean Copper Commission, CRU and CSIRO.

Topics will range from copper demand and supply forecasts, innovation and opportunities for the supply chain and METS sector and the copper sector’s progress towards discovering economic ore bodies.

While vast amounts of copper are in circulation as a result of recycling, the race remains to increase annual production output. Australian producers will be part of the equation, yielding relatively high average copper grades.

For its part, the South Australian copper sector has rallied behind the South Australian Copper Strategy. Launched in 2016, the Copper Strategy sets an ambitious target to treble the state’s copper production to one million tonnes a year by 2030.

The approach has quickly gathered momentum, with some of the best operators in the mining value chain actively involved in its implementation to accelerate exploration, discovery and information, develop innovative infrastructure, services and research from exploration to processing, and effectively engage to build industry and community capacity. An injection of $20 million into the PACE Copper program will be a vital stimulus to help explorers track down economic ore bodies that lie in the copper belt.

South Australia is a fitting conference host with copper very much the engine room of its economy – with $1.9 billion exported and significant quantities landing in Europe, Asia and India. 125 companies are exploring for new copper mineral targets.

The state has 68% of Australia’s economic demonstrated resources and hosts three operating poly metallic copper mines – Olympic Dam – the world’s fifth largest copper mine, Prominent Hill and Kanmantoo. Future production is expected to be added from sizeable expansions of major mines and advancing developments, Carrapateena and Kalkaroo in the Curnamona Province.

Technical innovation will address many of the challenges required for efficient copper production, ensuring mine production continues and the Copper Strategy team have consulted widely on the role for an International Copper Technology and Research Hub to link and leverage copper research programs and initiatives.

View the full Copper to the World program and register interest for updates on program and activities at:

  • Start : 07:45AM 27/06/2017
  • End : 05:00PM 27/06/2017
  • Where :

    Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia