Xstrata Copper is the fourth largest global copper producer and one of the world’s largest producers of smelter, refined and recycled copper, including from third party materials. In 2011, we produced 889,000 tonnes of mined copper in cathodes and concentrates.
We are one of the commodity business units within the major global diversified mining group Xstrata plc. Our headquarters are located in Brisbane, Australia and we operate in eight countries: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and the US. We employ over 20,000 people and play an essential role in the communities in which we live and work, providing jobs, training, infrastructure, income for suppliers and social development.
The copper we produce is vital to our modern society and is used extensively in energy generation and distribution, building products and electronic equipment. With its growing use in green-technologies, anti-microbial applications and its ability to be recycled, copper is playing an important role in creating a sustainable future.