• Philip CrowsonEmail author
Part of the The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific book series (PEAP)


This chapter examines the demand for copper in the Asia-Pacific Region. Like steel, most refined copper is processed into a range of semi-fabricated products before it is embodied in finished goods. Often it is alloyed with other metals, such as zinc, tin, and silver. Data on how copper is used only is available for semi-manufactured products, whether or not these have been made solely from refined copper or from copper alloys. Accordingly, the uses and production of, and trade in, copper are analysed here, before a discussion of trends in the region’s demand for copper. In the final section, I examine the future of the copper trade and the political risks that may weaken its commercial value.



Asian Financial Crisis


Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation


Association of South East Asian Nations


European Union


Gross Domestic Product




Global Financial Crisis


Gross Fixed Capital Formation


International Copper Study Group


International Iron and Steel Institute


International Monetary Fund


Papua New Guinea


Purchasing Power Parity


State Owned Enterprise


Solvent Extraction Electrowinning


United States of America


World Bureau of Metal Statistics


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and PolicyUniversity of DundeeDundeeUK

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