Chiles copper output rose 2.5 percent in the first half
of 2012, according the countrys national statistics
institute INE. But molybdenum, gold and silver production all
fell in the same period.
Chiles copper production
totaled 2.64 million tonnes in the first six months of the
year, up from 2.58 million tonnes in 2011. Junes output
rose 5.6 percent year-on-year to 452,690 tonnes.
Larger producers posted higher
growth figures than smaller ones, the institute noted.
Companies with more than 400 workers posted an average
production increase of 5.8 percent in 12 months. Companies with
80 to 400 workers and those with fewer than 80 workers grew by
2 percent and 2.3 percent, respectively.
Meanwhile, Chilean output of
molybdenum concentrates fell 19.9 percent year-on-year in the
first half on lower-grade metals.
INE reported a molybdenum
preliminary volume of 15,473 tonnes in the first six months of
2012, compared with 19,316 tonnes in the year-ago period.
In June, output fell 30.4
percent year-on-year to 2,471 tonnes.
Chilean gold and silver production also fell in the first
half, dropping by 1.5 percent and 21.1 percent year-on-year,
respectively. The institute did not include production volumes
for any of the precious metals in its report.