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Chalco Begins Construction on Shanghai-based Copper Plate and Strip Project
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Dec 7,2009

SHANGHAI Jun.15 (CBI China):On Jun.7, Chalco began construction on its Shanghai-based copper plates/strips project.   With a total investment of RMB 1.09 billion, the project is expected to focus on high-end products for the electronic industry.  The company plans to develop high-precision copper plates/strips to meet not only domestic demand, but also increase self-sufficiency for China market as a whole.

    The capacity of the new plant will be 70 kt p.a. and will take two years to complete.  Upon completion, Chalco Shanghai Copper production capacity of copper plates/strips will increase from 50 kt p.a. to 120 kt p.a..  The project is another strategic breakthrough for Chalco’s non-aluminum sector following the acquisition of Hubei Daye Nonferrous Metals and Luoyang Copper.

    Downstream processing capacity has expanded rapidly recently in China due to a large number of high-end copper expansion projects.  CBI is confident that the products from these high-end production lines will help substitute part of the existing import in the following several years, but domestic supply of high-end products will not likely exceed downstream demand.

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