Copper is one of the most important metals used for several purposes such as building and construction, high-speed data transmission lines, storage of nuclear waste, solar energy transmission and telecommunication instruments. The copper mining is one of the leading sectors of the global metal mining industry. Global copper mining market is expected to grow owing to increasing construction projects as construction is one of the leading consumer of copper. However, factors such as increasing complexity and high cost associated with copper mining process are restraining the major companies from increasing their production level.
Copper mines are spread over large geographical areas as the copper ores are found mixed with rocks and materials. Copper is mined in the form of compound ores such as copper sulphide ores and copper oxide ores. Pure copper is extracted from these compound ores through many processes and stages. Copper extraction involves processes to concentrate the copper ore and convert it into pure copper using smelting, leaching, electro-winning and electrolytic refining.
The global market for copper mining can be segmented on the basis of mining methods and end user industries. On the basis of mining methods, the market is divided into underground mining and open pit mining. Open pit copper mining is used majorly for extraction because of its optimized production levels, relatively low costs, relatively safe methods and flexible operation techniques. As per the end-user industries, copper mining market is segmented into building and construction industry, equipment manufacturers, transport and infrastructure industry. Building and construction industry and the equipment manufacturing industry are the largest consumers in this market.ASDReport.com has an extensive collection of reports on copper mining industry. The reports cover various topics and products related to copper mining like copper pipe and tube, copper wire, copper profile, bar and rods market, copper foils and much more.