A year ago the copper market was fixated on whether global balances would tip into oversupply. industry minds and decision-makers are much more concerned with more tangible and challenging issues than mere statistics: the pressure on mining margins and whether production cuts – voluntary or otherwise – have been sufficient to kick-start a price recovery; whether what is happening in China spells doom for copper demand growth; and indeed whether the current values for copper will entice longer-term investors back into the market.
There will be much to analyse and discuss as we move into 2016 and Metal Bulletin’s International Copper Conference will provide the earliest and best forum for debate of the new year. 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.
Join us in Lisbon in early March for insightful and lively discussions on where copper is headed and how best to make the most of the red metal.
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
• Gain first-hand experience of the European copper business with a pre-conference visit to Almina’s Minas do Alentejo mine south of Lisbon