Different approaches towards copper mining productivity in Chile

Cintia Roa, Felipe Sanchez

Publikation: KonferenzbeitragPaperBegutachtung


Facing the natural decay of the geological quality of mineral deposits, a volatile prices scenario, and being immersed in a climate change context with increasing demands from the general population for more sustainable operations, productivity is at the center of mining companies’ concerns, as a critical factor to secure the economic feasibility of the activity. In this study, the productivity of the Chilean copper mining industry is characterized, by following different -but complementary- approaches. First, labor productivity and equipment efficiency indicators are calculated for a representative sample of the medium and large-scale sectors. Additionally, the evolution of the Total Factor Productivity (TFP) of the industry is estimated over the 2004-2020 period. The TFP estimation shows that productivity has fallen close to 20% from 2004 to 2020, but it also reveals that from 2009 onwards it has remained relatively stable. Moreover, during 2016-2020, the TFP presents an upward trend with an average annual growth of 4.4%, which could be interpreted as the result of the effort made by companies to improve the efficiency of their processes after the last copper price super-cycle.
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 16 Nov. 2022
VeranstaltungCopper Conference - Santiago de Chilé, Santiago, Chile
Dauer: 13 Nov. 202217 Nov. 2022


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