Boliden is the third largest supplier of copper in concentrates and copper cathodes in Europe. Our own mines supply about 20 per cent of the copper in concentrate needs of our smelters. Boliden's copper production totals around 350 000 tonnes annually.
At our smelting and refining operations in Rönnskär and Harjavalta/Pori, copper in the form of cathodes is extracted from concentrates and scrap. Copper produced at Rönnskär is transported 7 days a week on the Copper Shuttle to Elektrokoppar in Helsingborg which further processes the metal into wires of different dimensions. On the way back to Rönnskär the train carries electronic scrap and other raw materials.
Boliden mainly sells copper to European manufacturers of copper components such as wire rod and copper semis. The end-users are in the construction, electronics, electrical engineering and auto motive industries.
A significant part of the copper cathodes produced at Pori is sold to the local fabricators in Pori: Luvata, Aurubis and Cupori for further processing e.g. into plates, tubes, machined products and superconductors.