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Event Overview

The first copper conference of 2016 

Regularly attended by executives from all along the value chain and from all parts of the globe, this annual event offers the most in-depth platform for senior industry debate and opportunity to meet new business contacts.

The Lisbon conference focused strongly on the key drivers that are Chinese supply and demand, the global mine supply pipeline and how to finance it, and the prospects for demand in copper's different end-uses. For the first time in years, it was the supply side - the miners especially - who were most bearish, struggling with low copper prices and rising mine costs. Despite - or maybe because - copper prices are at such low levels, the fabricators and consumers who presented were far more upbeat about the prospects for copper demand across a range of existing and new applications. The forecast for copper's price performance remained constrained for the rest of 2016 and into early 2017.

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Prior to the conference, one of our expert speakers, Nicholas Snowdon, Metals Analyst, Global Research, Standard Chartered Bank,  shared with us his thoughts on key industry drivers – the demand outlook, China’s economic transition, mine supply, the investment appetite for commodities at this stage in the cycle, etc.

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Key programme topics include:

  • What will the recent economic and financial woes in the world’s biggest marketplace, China, mean for copper demand on the ground there? 
  • Are we seeing changing patterns of usage in China, and has the substitution trend diminished?
  • Does this mean that the developed world is coming back into its own as a demand driver for copper high-tech, high-end, 21st century applications?
  • As miners continue to report lower earnings or losses, what does this mean for capacity investment?
  • How will this affect the project pipeline, and which regions are suffering most?
  • With cutbacks and closures, what sort of concentrate-metal balance picture is emerging?
  • How robust today is the midstream segment – smelting, refining and fabricating?
  • Copper and the financial community – has it lost its lustre or is this a buying opportunity?


Reasons to attend:

  • Network with a large number of copper industry decision-makers – from miners to consumers – from around the globe;
  • Avail yourself of the opportunity to attend the ICSG spring meetings being held in Lisbon the same week;
  • Gauge the true strength of copper market demand to help you in your business plans;
  • Gain a better understanding of  where most copper will come from and where it will be consumed in the coming years;
  • Seek out new investment opportunities to keep one step ahead of the competition; and
  • Gain first-hand experience of the European copper business with a pre-conference visit to Almina’s Minas do Alentejo mine south of Lisbon.