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CHILE IS WORLD LEADER
IN COPPER PRODUCTION

According to Mining Council data, national production jumped from

17,7%
of the global total
in 1990

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31%
of the global total
in 2016

(This represents production of 5.74 million metric tons).

According to the Central Bank, copper represented

46%
of total
shipments in 2016

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which is equivalent of US$ 27.557
billion of the global total
for 2015

COPPER IS CHILE’S MAIN EXPORT PRODUCT

While copper is a non-renewable resource, the future of Chilean mining and its position at the global level is auspicious thanks to the long-term plans of the main public and private mining firms to increase their production.

In 2016, providers of mining goods and services exported $471 million. This figure corresponds to total shipments by 445 firms to 79 markets and represents 0.81% of total exports and 1.61% of mining exports.

Thanks to its experience and global leadership as a mining producer, Chile is an internationally valued and renowned player. As a result, we have a highly specialized and experienced network of providers. Chile’s diverse offering of high-quality goods and services stands out for its competitiveness and covers the entire mining process, from exploration to site closure.

There are three subsectors, two in the service area and one in the goods area.

    • Services:
      Engineering and consulting
    • Software
    • Engineering, research, consultancies and projects
    • Construction and works
    • Exploration
    • Geotechnics and minerology
    • Environment
    • Operations support
    • Services:
      Operations contractors
    • Maintenance
    • Underground mining
    • Minería subterránea
    • Perforation
    • Mineral processing
    • Mine closure
    • Goods:
      Equipment or provisions
    • Technical consumables
    • Replacement parts and pieces
    • Pumps and tubing
    • Excavation and loading equipment
    • Perforation and blasting equipment
    • Construction equipment and tools
    • Construction supplies
    • Electrical equipment
    • Load transportation and storage equipment
    • Laboratory technical gear and equipment
    • Safety and clothing
  • Chile has 6,334 mining providers, only 7% of which export. Of the 445 exporting mining providers, 73% are large companies and 27% are small or medium-sized businesses.

Latin America is the largest destination market for our exports, receiving 85% of these products. Peru is the main recipient in Latin America, followed by Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

Other key destinations around the world are the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Spain, Germany and Hong Kong.

INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM FOR PROVIDERS OF MINING GOODS AND SERVICES

The initiative is led by the Ministry of Mining, implemented by ProChile and is funded by the Ministry of Finance’s Strategic Innovation Fund. The beneficiary companies will be medium-sized providers under the European Union classification with annual sales of between 2 and 50 million euros that are looking to export. Small service companies with sales over one million dollars per year will also be considered. The promotion plan is focused on the markets of Canada, the United States, Mexico, Peru and Australia. The subsectors identified as most attractive for international demand are software, grinding and plant equipment, pumps and tubing, technical consumables, replacement parts, parts and pieces as well as research, consulting and projects. In regard to lines of work, the program includes participation in fairs and fora, mining planning and hiring mining agents in each of the target markets.