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In line with the UK takeover regime’s “put up or shut up” rule, BHP, on May 29, opted for the latter and abandoned its goal of acquiring Anglo American – at least, for now.

Just under two weeks ago, the chair of BHP made a phone call to his counterpart at mining peer Anglo American and set in motion a flurry of activity designed to create the largest copper producer in the world

German copper producer Aurubis is among the least likely to consider reducing capacity despite record low treatment charges (TCs), according to its chief executive officer

European copper demand, particularly for wire rod, remains strong and seems to be outpacing broader macro-economic growth in the region, the chief executive officer of German producer Aurubis has said.

The process to place the smaller and less efficient of the two processing plants at Los Bronces on care and maintenance is expected to be completed by mid-2024 and comes as the company pushes value over volume, the chief executive officer of Anglo American Chile said

The near-term prospects for Chinese copper smelting capacity amid near-zero treatment charges (TCs) will, to a certain extent, depend on plants’ exposure to spot TCs, the chief executive officer of Rio Tinto’s copper division said on Tuesday, April 16

It will be very difficult for many Chinese copper smelters to compete with treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs) at record lows, according to the chairman of Chile’s state-owned copper producer Codelco

State-owned miner Codelco is holding talks this week with potential investors in a new smelter project in Chile, the company’s chairman told Fastmarkets on Monday, April 15

Codelco will make a choice on a partner for its lithium properties in the Maricunga salt flat in Chile’s Atacama region in the first quarter of 2025, the chairman of the state-owned producer said on Monday, April 15

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