TOKYO Japanese rolled copper production fell 6.7 percent year on year to 769,061 tonnes in 2012, marking the lowest level since 2009 and the second consecutive year of declining production.
Output was affected by a sharp drop in semiconductor output in the latter half of the year, the Tokyo-based Japan Copper and Brass Association (JCBA) said.
However, production is expected to increase to 800,000 tonnes this year as demand picks up starting in April, JCBA chairman Tetsu Takahashi said.
Demand will be driven by several positive factors, he said, including a weaker yen, improved Japanese car sales in China and growing demand on the back of a massive Japanese government stimulus program.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.