NEW YORK Brass mill and
copper wire rod mill production fell in October from the
previous month, according to the latest U.S. Geological Survey
Brass mill production slipped
2.2 percent to 78,600 tonnes from 80,400 tonnes in September,
while wire rod output fell 1.9 percent to 105,000 tonnes from
Brass mill production totaled
799,000 tonnes in the first 10 months of 2012, up 0.4 percent
from 796,000 tonnes in the same period a year earlier, while
wire rod output of 1.09 million tonnes was up 2.8 percent from
1.06 million tonnes in the same comparison.
October shipments of brass mill
products dipped 1.4 percent to 79,000 tonnes from 80,100 tonnes
in September, but the year-to-date total of 797,000 tonnes was
0.2 percent higher than 795,600 tonnes a year earlier.
Shipments by copper wire rod
mills in October increased 8.8 percent to 111,000 tonnes from
102,000 tonnes the previous month, putting the 10-month total
of 1.1 million tonnes 3.2 percent higher than 1.0654 million
tonnes a year earlier.
Domestic refined copper
production totaled 87,400 tonnes in October, up 10.5 percent
from 79,100 tonnes in September, but the 10-month total of
783,000 tonnes was down 2.9 percent from 806,100 tonnes in the
same period in 2011.
The United States imported some
499,000 tonnes of refined copper in the first 10 months of 2012
compared with 670,000 tonnes in all of 2011.
Domestic mine and refined copper
production are forecast to increase 10 percent this year, the
USGS said, citing International Copper Study Group data.