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Copper concentrate production volume FY 2012-2020

Copper has been an important metal owing to its wide industrial applications. Being widely available and one of the first elements to be discovered, it is the third most-used metal in terms of world consumption. The production volume of copper concentrate in India was about 134 thousand metric tons at the end of financial year 2017. The end-use consumption of the non-ferrous metal was dominated by the electrical industry, with a share of over 50 percent across the nation in 2017.

Demand means profit

The demand volume of copper across the region doubled from 2012 to 2016, leading to increased profits for the involved companies. The operating profit margin of the copper companies was around ten percent in 2016. Hindalco Industries limited, the flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, had the largest smelter capacity of copper across the country in 2016. Not only copper, the company is one of Asia’s biggest primary aluminum producer as well.

Import means struggle

Despite the increased demand and growth of the sector in the country, native companies are having a tough time in keeping up with the cheap imports of refined copper from Japan and other countries. The free trade agreements can lead to the south Asian country’s own sector to become redundant if the import of duty-free copper continues. However, the industry has seen hope in the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and its attempt in balancing the scales.

Production volume of copper concentrate in India from financial year 2012 to 2017, with estimates until 2020

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

FY 2012 to FY 2020

Supplementary notes


India's financial year begins in April and ends in March. For example, FY 2016 started in April 2015 and ended in March 2016.

Values have been rounded off for clarity.
Data from previous reports was also used.

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