Chile’s copper production
In the previous parts of our series, we explored how copper demand and production are shaping up in China. While China is the world’s largest copper consumer, Latin America (ILF) holds the key to copper supply.
As the largest copper producer and exporter, Chile’s (ECH) copper production data are closely analyzed by analysts. In this part of the series, we’ll discuss the trend in Chile’s April copper production figures.
The previous chart shows the trend in Chile’s copper production. The data are released by the National Statistics Institute of Chile. In April, Chile produced 471,000 tonnes of copper—a YoY (year-over-year) decline of 0.5%. In February, Chile’s copper production declined by 1.04%, and again in March, by 2.2%.
So April marks the third consecutive month where Chile’s copper production has declined YoY. Clearly, production has also declined month-over-month. This could be partly due to the floods that hit the country earlier this year.
Southern Copper (SCCO) has mining operations in Chile. In fact, SCCO has the biggest proven copper reserves.
Peru’s copper production
According to the World Bureau of Metal Statistics, Peru’s refined copper production declined in the first three months of the current year. It was down 18% YoY over this period. Peru is the world’s third-biggest copper producer.
In the next part of our series, we’ll analyze some recent US economic data.