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The International Copper Study Group predicts that copper increase

The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) predicts that copper production would increase slightly in 2011. Disaster in Japan, financial policy and political disturbance causes copper production to not increase significantly. In addition, the price remains flat, not down or up significantly. From September 2011 to January 2012, the price of copper at London Metal Exchange (LME) ranges from US$8,813.75 to 8,837.00 per ton.

In a report July 2011, ICSG disclosed that the market of smooth copper up to April 2011, reflected a production deficit up to 36,000 metric ton even though the smooth and ready-to-use copper, based on seasonal calculation, showed a surplus of 46,000 metric tons.

In the first four months of 2011, according to data presented by ICSG, copper consumption grew by 1.2% from the same period last year when the consumption decreased by seven percent because consumption in the world’s largest copper consumer, China, decreased by 40%.