METALS & MINERALS

Copper

Glencore is one of the world’s leading producers and marketers of copper.

We extract and process copper ore in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Australia and South America. In North America and Asia, we recycle copper scrap. In addition, we smelt and refine copper. We supply a wide range of customers from the automotive, electronics and construction sectors.

Copper was the first metal ever used by humankind and today, it finds various applications in everyday life and in industry.

As a major by-product of copper production, we are one of the world’s largest producers of cobalt , primarily from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Copper in figures - 2021

  • 3.1 mt

    of copper metal and concentrates sold via our marketing business

  • 1,196 kt

    of copper produced at our assets

Uses of copper

Due to its outstanding conductivity, copper is suitable for use in electronic products such as wiring and connectors, as well as renewable energy technologies and electric vehicles.

As an alloy, copper is hard and resists both heat and corrosion. That’s why it is perfectly suited for fresh water supply lines and plumbing fittings as well as cookware. 

Copper’s antimicrobial properties can support infection control in hospitals and care environments.

As a versatile and recyclable material, it makes an essential contribution to a low carbon future.

Copper assets

Our copper assets range from mines to smelters, refineries and recycling plants.

Kamoto Copper Company

DRC

Katanga is a large-scale copper-cobalt operation in the country’s Katanga province, producing copper cathodes and cobalt hydroxide.
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Mutanda Mining

DRC

Mutanda is a large-scale copper and cobalt producer, also in Katanga province, producing copper cathodes and cobalt hydroxide.

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PASAR

Philippines

Pasar (78.2%) smelts and refines copper concentrates and anodes, sourced from our own operations and third parties, into copper cathodes.
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Mines

Mount Isa Mines

Mount Isa Mines is one of the world’s largest underground mining and processing operations, producing copper anodes, silver/lead bullion and zinc concentrates.
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CSA Mine

CSA Mine is an underground copper mine located in Cobar, Central Western NSW.
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Smelters and refineries

Copper Refineries Ltd

Copper Refineries Ltd is better known as Townsville. This is where anodes from the Mount Isa smelter are refined into copper cathode
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Mount Isa

This is where concentrates from third parties and our Ernest Henry and Mount Isa mines are smelted into copper anodes.
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Glencore Port Operations

Our Port Operations business is an export gateway for the mineral resources of north-west Queensland.
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See also Glencore in Australia

Smelters and refineries

Canadian Copper Refinery

Canada

in Quebec, which refines copper anodes – sourced from our smelters and those of third parties – into cathodes. The refinery also produces gold and silver , as well as specialty metals and chemicals such as selenium, tellurium and copper and nickel sulphate

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Horne Smelter

Canada

one of the world’s largest processors of used electronics, smelt ing copper concentrates and electronic scrap to produce copper anodes

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Glencore Recycling

We are a world leader in the recycling of complex copper and precious metal materials. We are continuously sourcing new streams of recyclable materials from new and existing customers and industries. Our state-of-the-art technology and expertise in the recycling business ensure that you get fair and accurate value for your recyclable materials.

See also Glencore in Canada

Mines

Collahuasi

Chile

Collahuasi (44%) is a large-scale copper mine in northern Chile, producing copper concentrates.
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Antamina

Peru

Antamina (33.75%) is a large-scale open-pit copper/zinc mine, producing copper and zinc concentrates.
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Antapaccay

Peru

Antapaccay is a mining and processing operation producing copper concentrates.
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Lomas Bayas

Chile

Our Lomas Bayas open-pit copper mine is located in northern Chile. The operation produces copper cathode on site
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Smelters and refineries

Altonorte

Chile

Altonorte takes copper concentrates from our South American assets. Third party products are also smelted into copper anodes.
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Jyothish George (metals) Nick Popovic (concentrates)
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Mike Westerman