The IWCC European Copper Wire Rod Committee held its spring meeting in Wrocław, Poland in April. The meeting was hosted by KGHM Poland, and included visits to the Polkowice-Sieroszowice copper and salt mine and the Huta Miedzi Cedynia wire rod mill as well presentations giving multiple very informative and perceptive insights from industry experts.

The mine visit was challenging and engaging, with committee members seeing both the copper and salt mining operations over 1000m underground, before heading to visit the wire rod mill production of both wire rod and pellets.

[Committee members gather before visiting the Polkowice-Sieroszowice copper and salt mine]

Following a full and tiring day, the committee were able to relax over dinner at a traditional restaurant in central Wrocław. The IWCC prides itself on encouraging networking at events and thus the dinner was a great opportunity to converse with IWCC members and for members to meet and interact with each other.

The following day, the Committee meeting received several informative presentations on developments in the off-shore cable market from James Young, JDR and Fernando Nuño, ICA Europe. In addition, the committee received a high-level update on the outlook for the Polish economy and copper intensive sectors from Michał Dybuła, Head of Economic and Sector Research at BNP Paribas. These insights provided a comprehensive update on the wire rod industry.

We would like to thank KGHM for organising such an engaging yet informative event, and to all IWCC members in attendance. We look forward to seeing many of you at our Joint Meeting in Washington DC this May. Further announcements are to follow on our website.