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What is the Potential for More Copper Fabrication in Zambia?

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World Bank
Africa | Sub-Saharan Africa | Southern Africa | Zambia
2012-03-19T10:14:10Z | 2012-03-19T10:14:10Z | 2011-06-01

The copper fabrication industry lies between: (1) the industry that produces copper (as a commodity metal from mined ores as well as from recycling), and (2) the users of copper in finished products such as electronic goods. Copper fabrication involves the manufacture of products such as copper wire, wire rod, low-voltage cable, and other copper based semi-manufactures. Copper is clearly a major input into the copper fabrication industry. However, aside from this supply relationship, the copper mining and refining and copper fabrication industries are almost completely separate, with different drivers, competitive forces, structures, and economics. The former produces a fungible commodity which can be sold anywhere and (in most cases) has a market of last resort in the metal exchanges, while the latter is highly dependent on customer demands and needs, stockholding patterns, and technical requirements. The Government and population of Zambia have long looked to copper fabrication as a potential opportunity for adding more value to the country's copper. Zambia has long held a desire to add more value to its copper, and the government and wider population believe that copper fabrication could represent an important source of economic growth, jobs, and diversification.

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