According to GlobalData, China is the world’s third-largest producer of copper, with output of 1,899kt in 2022, up by 9% on 2021. Over the five years to 2021, production from China increased by a CAGR of 1% and is expected to rise by a CAGR of 0.02% between 2022 and 2026. GlobalData uses proprietary data and analytics to provide a complete picture of this market in its Global Copper Mining to 2026 report. Buy the report here.

China accounts for 9% of global production, with the other largest producers being Chile (25%), Peru (11%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (9%) and the US (6%). Exports of copper from China increased by 47% to 0.69kt in 2022 over 2021, with the highest share being exported to Italy. China’s copper exports are expected to drop at a CAGR of 2.64% between 2022 and 2026, to 0.62kt by 2026.

Leading producers of copper in China are Zijin Mining Group and Zhaojin Mining Industry. Zijin Mining Group's output was 356.97kt in 2021, up by 29% on 2020. Zhaojin Mining Industry produced 7.22kt, an increase of 20% on the previous year.

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