Copper Industry CEO Views Europe has a small, but efficient, copper mining industry, plus a world-class smelting and refining (copper producing) sector. In fact, European companies have pioneered many of the metallurgical processing technologies now used worldwide. It also boasts a well-established semi-fabricating sector, which converts both primary copper and scrap into a broad range of copper and copper alloy products for use further down the value chain.
In total, the European copper industry employs some 50,000 people directly and sustains the jobs of millions of others by delivering key products into a vast range of business and service activities.
As with most European industry sectors, EU regulations affect the copper industry’s licence to operate and its ability to secure fair market access for its products. Right now, one of its most important needs is for transparent, long-term energy and climate change policies that will deliver competitively priced energy.
ECI works closely with its membership to provide the information that supports well-substantiated dialogue with policy makers on the specificities of the copper sector.
This new series of short “CEO View” videos is designed to facilitate understanding of our industry’s views and to demonstrate our commitment to positive engagement in the EU’s regulatory processes.
#2: Dirk Vandenberghe, CEO Metallo Chimique, talks about the challenges of copper recycling in the context of the EU circular economy