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Copper

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

Abstract

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.

Abbreviation

AFC

Asian Financial Crisis

APEC

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

ASEAN

Association of South East Asian Nations

EU

European Union

GDP

Gross Domestic Product

GMS

Grams

GFC

Global Financial Crisis

GFCF

Gross Fixed Capital Formation

ICSG

International Copper Study Group

IISI

International Iron and Steel Institute

IMF

International Monetary Fund

PNG

Papua New Guinea

PPP

Purchasing Power Parity

SOE

State Owned Enterprise

SX-EW

Solvent Extraction Electrowinning

US

United States of America

WBMS

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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