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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


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

Mike Smith - 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 2017 General Assembly was held in Kuala Lumpur on 17 May 2017. 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 more than 60 companies and organisations from 19 countries attended the most recent Joint Meeting which took place in Kuala Lumpur on 14-18 May 2017. 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 Metrod (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd & MetTube Sdn. Bhd..


The texts and visual presentations are available to Joint Meeting 2017 participants in the Members area.


The industry plans to hold its next Joint Meeting in Seville, Spain from 6-10 May 2018.


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 2017 in London. Previous meetings were held in Beijing in May 2015, in London in October 2015, in Cape Town in May 2016, in London in October 2016 and in Kuala Lumpur in May 2017.                 


Copper Supply & Demand


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 2017 Technical Seminar was held in Munich from 5-9 March.  This event was one of the most well attended Seminars.  The Seminar itself – Melting, Refining & Casting – lasted two days with 24 papers divided between 5 sessions:



Subsequent to the Seminar there was a two day programme of plant visits to:



The 2018 Technical Seminar on ‘Hot and Cold Deformation’ will be held in the USA from 4-8 March 2018.


China Seminar


The IWCC holds an annual China Seminar focussing on the work of our members and the development of the copper and copper alloy fabricating industry in China.


The 2017 IWCC/Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) China Seminar, organised with the support of BGRIMM Li Lan Consulting (BLC), took place in Shanghai on 1 December as part of the 2017 Asia Copper Week


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.




Data Protection


The IWCC is registered with the United Kingdom Information Commissioner with regards to data protection.  For further details of how the IWCC meets the legal requirements please click here.