Aurubis sees higher copper treatment, refining charges

 SANTIAGO, April 6 (Reuters) - Smelters will wrest back some
control from miners in annual treatment charge talks, as record
copper prices encourage ore output that may struggle to find a
home, Europe's biggest copper producer Aurubis (NAFG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research)  said
on Wednesday.
 "The growth of the mines is certainly higher than the
growth of the smelters. In the Western world, we don't have new
smelters because of the high cost of inventory ... and for that
reason TCRCS (treatment and refining charges) are going to
increase. The principle trend is undoubted," Aurubis chief
executive Bernd Drouven, told Reuters on the sidelines of CESCO
copper industry gathering in Chile.
  (Reporting by Melanie Burton; editing by Simon Gardner)    

Aurubis sees higher copper treatment, refining charges