Due to its ability to conduct electricity and heat, copper products are used extensively in electrical goods and building materials. Copper products, such as wire and pipes, are made from refined copper by downstream manufacturing companies, which supply other manufacturers and construction firms. This refined copper is part of the industry's output, in addition to several other major non-ferrous metals.
The Copper, Silver, Lead and Zinc Smelting and Refining industry is expected to generate revenue of $3.6 billion in 2014-15, down from $6.1 billion in 2009-10, which represents an annualised decline of 10.0% over the five-year period.
Firms in this industry smelt or refine copper, silver, lead or zinc. They may also recover these metals from waste or scrap and produce sulphuric acid as a smelting by-product.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.