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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Copper & Nonferrous Metal Smelting & Refining

Overview: the U.S. Copper & Nonferrous Metal Smelting & Refining Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Copper & Nonferrous Metal Smelting & Refining: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

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Copper & Nonferrous Metal Smelting & Refining Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Copper & Nonferrous Metal Smelting & Refining companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

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Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Copper & Nonferrous Metal Smelting & Refining company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Copper & Nonferrous Metal Smelting & Refining industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Copper & Nonferrous Metal Smelting & Refining measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 5%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 8%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 8%
Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 7%
Production Occupations 57%
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers 39%
Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 13%
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 10%
Metal Furnace Operators, Tenders, Pourers, and Casters 10%
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders 8%
Other Production Occupations 10%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 6%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Copper & Nonferrous Metal Smelting & Refining Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

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Top Innovators

CompanyInnovation Score

Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

Latest Industry News

  • China spot TC/RCs plunge to USD 76 to USD 85 per tonne - Platts reported that spot treatment and refining charges for imported ... in its monthly copper report, attributed the fall in TC/RCs to tight supply of mined copper and a rise in copper smelting capacity. In Hubei province, imported concentrate deals ... (01/10/2018)
  • Ero Copper Corp. Guidance – Increasing 2018 Production Forecast - C1 Cash Cost guidance has been updated to include treatment and refining ... Ero Copper Corp, headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., is focused on copper production growth from the Vale do Curaçá Property, located in Bahia, Brazil. The Company’s primary ... (01/09/2018)
  • Correct: Metals: Copper Down on Profit-Taking, Looser Supply - Lower copper prices come in a broader context of growing supply. "It appears that China has aggressive plans for smelting capacity expansion this ... and Freeport-McMoRan agreed to a treatment and refining charge (TC/RCs) 2018 price of $82.25 a ton last ... (01/03/2018)
  • Cut in fees for smelters is a risk for domestic copper producers - Copper smelters and miners are in a standoff over the annual benchmark rates for copper treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs ... s second-largest copper smelter will idle 20-30% of its smelting capacity, as part of winter curbs in China to cut pollution. (12/12/2017)
  • Southern Copper Q3 net up 58 pct on smelting, refining output - LIMA, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Southern Copper Corp's net income rose 58 percent to $344.2 million in the third quarter compared with the same period a year ago on increased output of smelted and refined copper, the company said late Thursday. Total production ... (10/25/2013)
  • Doubts on China plan to cut copper, lead production - He predicted about 600,000 tonnes of new smelting operations would come onstream this year. For copper refining, about 27 percent of China ... Hu estimated. This included primary and recycled lead. “Idle capacity would replace the operations being ... (04/27/2012)
  • Xstrata to close smelting, refining in Queensland - GLOBAL Swiss-based miner Xstrata says it will close down its copper smelting activities at Mt Isa and refining in Townsville. GLOBAL Swiss-based miner Xstrata says it will close down its copper smelting activities at Mt Isa and refining in Townsville ... (05/17/2011)
  • Research and Markets: Primary Smelting and Refining of Copper Industry in the U.S. and its International Trade - LLC's new report "Primary Smelting and Refining of Copper Industry in the U.S. and its International Trade" to their offering. This U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in (1) making (i.e., the primary production) nonferrous metals by ... (04/19/2010)

Government Contracts

In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $323,936,661 on Copper & Nonferrous Metal Smelting & Refining. It has awarded 54 contracts to 14 companies, with an average value of $23,138,333 per company.   

Top government vendors:

CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

Segments classified within this market research report

This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
Beryllium refining, primary, Niobium refining, Gold refining, Slab, nonferrous metals (except aluminum) primary, Lead smelting and refining, Selenium refining, Uranium refining, Copper alloys made in primary copper smelting and refining mills, Silver bullion or dore bar produced at primary metal refineries, Nonferrous metals (except aluminum) made in primary nonferrous metal smelting and refining mills, Primary refining of nonferrous metals (except aluminum), Cobalt refining, Refining nonferrous metals and alloys (except aluminum), Smelting of nonferrous metals (except aluminum), Nonferrous metals (except aluminum) smelting and refining, Nonferrous metal (except aluminum) shapes made in primary nonferrous metal smelting and refining mills, Titanium refining, Iridium refining, Primary smelting of nonferrous metals (except aluminum), Magnesium refining, Tin base alloys made in primary tin smelting and refining mills, Primary refining of copper, Bars made in primary copper smelting and refining mills, Refining copper, Tin refining, Copper shapes (e.g., bar, billet, ingot, plate, sheet) made in primary copper smelting and refining mills, Zinc refining, Platinum refining, Nickel refining, Zirconium refining, Antimony refining, Copper smelting and refining, Silver refining, Rhenium refining, Bismuth refining, Primary smelting of copper, Gold bullion or dore bar produced at primary metal refineries, Tellurium refining, Blister copper manufacturing, Cadmium refining, Tantalum refining, Ingot, nonferrous metals (except aluminum), manufacturing, Copper concentrate refining, Chromium refining, Germanium refining, etc.

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