Our Copper Business
Teck is a significant producer of copper, with four operating mines and large development projects in Canada and South America. Copper plays an important role in meeting the world’s growing demand for infrastructure and products and is a vital component in power generation and transmission, construction, clean technology and electronics.
Copper accounted for 41% of our business in 2014.
Our Copper Operations
In 2014, we produced 333,000 tonnes of copper at our four copper mines:
Quebrada Blanca and
Carmen de Andacollo in Chile;
Antamina in Peru; and
Highland Valley Copper in Canada.
We have recently completed a mill optimization program at Highland Valley and we also have projects underway to expand capacity and increase the working lives of several of our other copper mines.
In addition, we are actively exploring and assessing development opportunities for new copper deposits in Canada, Chile, Mexico, the United States, Namibia, Peru, Turkey and Australia.
Our Copper Product
For thousands of years, copper has been an essential part of people’s lives.
Today, copper is the material of choice for powering our modern world as a vital
component in everything from power generation to hybrid vehicles to computers and smartphones.
About 65% of copper use worldwide is for electrical applications.
Copper’s superior conductivity makes it a critical part of the modern
electronic devices that connect us. Computers, tablets, televisions and smartphones
all depend on copper as a vital component in circuit boards and wiring.
Our business is well positioned to benefit from an increase in demand for copper to support
the development of emerging markets, notably in China and India.
The increased demand for copper use is also supported by the expansion of green technology;
for example, a hybrid vehicle requires 13-23 more kilograms of copper than a non-hybrid vehicle
and a wind turbine requires more than three tonnes of copper.
Our Commitment to Sustainability
Read more about Teck's approach to sustainability by visiting www.tecksustainability.com or read the stories below.