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E-mail: iwcc@coppercouncil.org
Website: www.coppercouncil.org


Sections on this page:
IWCC Officers
Executive Board
General Assembly
Joint Meeting
Copper Committee
Technical Committee

China Seminar
Product Committees
Relations with external bodies




The International Wrought Copper Council (IWCC) is a trade association for the copper fabricating industry. What we do is determined by the industry. The Council is therefore governed by it's members in the General Assembly, which is held annually. During the year its affairs are run by the Executive Board and by specialist Committees.


The IWCC has in place robust policies on anti-trust and anti-competition.  These are available on request. 


IWCC Officers


The officers of the Council are elected by members from the copper industry. They are currently:


Stefan Boel - Member of the Executive Board, Aurubis AG



Ulrich Becker - CEO, KME Germany GmbH & Co. KG

Li Changjie - Board Chairman & CEO, Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group Inc.


Patricia Chiao - President, Wire & Cable Business Group, Walsin Lihwa Corporation


Past Chairmen of the IWCC


Mr. M. Matsumoto Japan 2012 - 2014
Mr. Jin Roy Ryu Korea 2010 - 2012
Prof. H. Otten Germany 2008 - 2010
Mr. T. Centner Belgium 2005 - 2008
Mr. H. Kroener Germany 2003 - 2005
The Hon. A. Bagri Malaysia 2001 - 2003
Mr. S. Kreula Finland 1999 - 2001
Mr. S. Orlando Italy 1997 - 1999
Mr. T. Kawakami Japan 1995 - 1997
Mr. G. Durand-Texte France 1993 - 1995
Mr. S. Isoherranen Finland 1991 - 1993
Mr. N. Brodersen Germany 1989 - 1991
Dr. J.M. Butler United Kingdom 1987 - 1989
Mr. L. Gustafsson Sweden 1985 - 1987
Dr. G. Busi Italy 1983 - 1985
Mr. J. Prado Urquijo Spain 1981 - 1983
Mr. I.H. Pahl Germany 1979 - 1981
Mr. F. Halm Switzerland 1977 - 1979
Mr. I. Sakamoto Japan 1975 - 1977
Mr. T.H. Gallie United Kingdom 1973 - 1975
Mr. G. Philipson Sweden 1971 - 1973
Dr. G. Porro Italy 1969 - 1971
Mr. H. Feron Belgium 1967 - 1969
Mr. G. Desbrière France 1965 - 1967
The Rt. Hon. the Earl of Verulam United Kingdom 1963 - 1965
Dr. A. de Meuron Switzerland 1961 - 1963
Mr. W. Ertel Germany 1959 - 1961
Mr. C.A. Jacobsson Sweden 1957 - 1959
Mr. H.E. Jackson United Kingdom 1955 - 1957
Mr. G. Desbrière France 1953 - 1955




The staff of the Council are:


Mark Loveitt - President
Alastair Warner - Vice President
Derren Nisbet - Data Manager
Sian O'Brien - Conference Manager




The IWCC has two types of members:






Executive Board


The Executive Board manages the affairs of the IWCC and is responsible for policy making and direction. The members of the Executive Board are listed here. Recent meetings of the IWCC Executive Board have been:



General Assembly


The General Assembly is in effect the Annual General Meeting of the IWCC. It is open to all members. A list of the locations of the General Assemblies since 1953 is given here.


The 2016 General Assembly was held in Cape Town on 11 May 2016. The General Assembly conducted the formal business of the IWCC in accordance with the Articles of Association.


IWCC Joint Meeting with Copper Producers


Representatives of 62 companies and organisations from 21 countries attended the most recent Joint Meeting which took place in Cape Town on 8-11 May 2016. In addition to delegates from the copper producing and copper fabricating industries a number of observers from organisations connected with the copper industry were also present, including representatives from:



The IWCC is very grateful for the support given by the Copper Development Association Africa.


The texts and visual presentations are available to Joint Meeting 2016 participants in the Members area.


The industry plans to hold its next Joint Meeting in Kuala Lumpur from 14-17 May 2017.


A list of the locations of Joint Meetings since 1957 is given here. For the most recent years a list of the papers given at the meeting can be viewed by clicking on the location.


Copper Committee


The most recent meeting of the IWCC Copper Committee took place in October 2016 in London at the start of LME Week.  Previous meetings were held in Munich in May 2014, in London in October 2014, in May 2015 in Beijing, in London in October 2015 and in Cape Town in May 2016.


The work of the Committee focuses on raw material supply (scrap and copper cathode) and the operations of the metal exchanges.  The LME participated in meetings of the IWCC Copper Committee in Munich (2014), Beijing (2015), at the 2016 meetings in both Cape Town and London.                   




The IWCC Joint Statistical Committee prepares regular supply and demand forecasts for unwrought copper. To assist the work of the Committee, the Secretariat continues to assemble forecasts from all of the major copper producing and consuming countries throughout the world. Unlike the forecasts of many analysts and commentators, the IWCC forecasts are made on a global basis, rather than the so-called 'Western World' basis. The latest forecasts are available to the copper industry by clicking here.


Technical Committee


The IWCC Technical Committee organises the annual Technical Seminar.  A list of the locations of the Technical Seminars since 1984 is here. For the most recent years a list of the papers given at the seminar can be viewed by clicking on the location.


The 2016 Seminar was held in Bangkok in March 2016.  The subject of the Seminar was Challenges & Solutions: Applications and Processes for Copper Based Semis.  The Seminar was sub-divided into five sessions: (1) General overview, (2) Challenges from the end-user market and fabricator solutions, (3) Improving manufacturing efficiency, (4) Environmental, health & sustainability challenges, and (5) Drinking water issues.  The Seminar was attended by 73 delegates from 18 countries, of which 54 were from the fabricating industry, five from associations, two from the academic sphere, and 11 from the equipment manufacturing industry.  As part of the Seminar there was a series of plant visits to semis manufacturers: SEI Thai Electric Conductor Co., Ltd., Siam Poongsan Metal Co., Ltd. and Kobelco & Materials Copper Tube (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (KMCT)


The 2017 Technical Seminar will be held in Munich from 5-9 March 2017.


China Seminar


The 2016 annual China Seminar was held on 18 November.  This year the Seminar was co-hosted by IWCC and the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE).


Papers presented at the China Seminar are available to members here.


Product Committees


The IWCC has a number of Product Committees where member companies manufacturing the particular products discuss matters of concern to their sectors. There are at present five Product Committees, whose members are all based in Europe.





A key feature of the work of the IWCC is the collection, collation and dissemination to its members of industry-specific statistical data. As the industry has gradually become more concentrated, and the number of companies in each sub-sector of the business in each country has shrunk, the IWCC has recognised a potential problem of short-term over-transparency, which might be incompatible with competition law as it has been developed, especially in the EU and its member states. The IWCC operates within an Information Exchange Policy regulating the degree of transparency in IWCC data. IWCC members wishing to access the Policy should click here.


The IWCC has a broad portfolio of statistics available to members and to the copper industry.


The Statistical Bulletin contains national data on semis production, imports, exports and apparent demand which are available to members on the website. In line with the Information Exchange Policy, for countries in Europe, national data by semis type are given up to 2009 and thereafter by total copper and total alloy. The Europe table shows the latest available quarterly data for semis production and demand. Trade data for the EU Accession States improve the range of data available. Outside Europe, detailed data are available by quarter for Japan and China and some production and trade data are available for Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Korea, Russia and the USA.  Short-term forecasts for semis production and demand are available for most countries, subject to the IWCC’s Information Exchange Policy which covers the risk of disclosure of potentially commercially sensitive company-specific data.


The annual global end-use data-set, prepared in conjunction with the International Copper Association (ICA) continues to provide the copper industry with detailed end-use demand by semis type.


In addition to semis data, the site also contains weekly updates of developments on the LME, monthly macro-economic data published by EU, OECD, and the IWCC Orders Booked Indices, regarded as a leading indicator for the semis industry.


All of these tables are available in the Members area.


The IWCC also produces an annual report on trade in copper and copper alloy semis. This is available to members and non-members from the publication page.





The IWCC has been represented at the following meetings:


International Copper Study Group (ICSG)


The IWCC attends ICSG meetings as an accredited Observer. The IWCC President chairs the Industry Advisory Panel. The IWCC has been represented at the following recent ICSG meetings:



International Copper Association (ICA)

The IWCC is invited to attend a number of ICA meetings.  The IWCC President has participated in the:


International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

The IWCC is an Associate Member of the ICMM and the IWCC is represented at meetings of the ICMM’s Associations Advisory Group.


International Consultative Group of Non-Ferrous Metals Statisticians


The IWCC President chaired the session on copper.


Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE)

The IWCC President participated in a round table forum during the 11th Shanghai Derivatives Market Forum (SDMF) held on 28 May 2014 and gave a paper at the SDMF Nonferrous Metals Forum held on 29 May 2014, both in Shanghai.