Copper Facts

Global copper reserves as of 2017, by country (in million metric tons).

Statistics show the global copper reserves as estimated as of 2017, by major countries. It was estimated that China has copper reserves of approximately 27 million metric tons. This figure placed China sixth on a global ranking based on copper reserves. With reserves of 11 million metric tons as of 2017, Canada had the world’s tenth-largest copper reserves, and was the world’s ninth-largest copper producer, with a production of 620 thousand metric tons in that same year.

Total copper mine production worldwide from 2006 to 2017

Statistics depict the total copper mine production worldwide from 2006 to 2017. In 2006, there was some 15.1 million metric tons of copper produced in mines all over the world. This figure increased to more than 19 million metric tons in 2017.

Major countries in copper mine production worldwide from 2010 to 2017.

Statistic provides a country-by-country breakdown of copper mine production from 2010 to 2017. In 2010, Russia’s copper mines produced 703,000 metric tons of copper. Until 2016, this amount developed to 710 thousand metric tons. The ten leading countries in world copper production as of 2016 were Chile, Peru, China, the United States, Australia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Canada, Russia, and Mexico.

Major countries in world copper production

South Australia hosts 68% of Australia’s economic demonstrated copper resources, with 89Mt of contained copper. Most of this is hosted within IOCG-style deposits within the Gawler Craton and G2 Structural Corridor.

Copper consumption worldwide.

Statistic depicts the global consumption of refined copper from 2010 to 2015. In 2010, the consumption of copper stood at 19.1 million metric tons worldwide. By 2015, the total worldwide copper consumption amounted to 21.8 million metric tons. Most of the world’s copper is used in electrical applications, but also in architecture, automotive, electrical, tube, pipe & fittings, fuel gas, industrial, marine, machined products, and telecommunications.