Pan Pacific Copper Schedules Maintenance at Saganoseki, Tamano

Pan Pacific Copper Co., Japan’s biggest producer of the metal, said it plans maintenance shutdowns of its Saganoseki and Tamano smelters in the fiscal year starting April 1.

Saganoseki will shut two weeks for maintenance from April 1 and another 40 days from Nov. 1, Toshitaka Nakamura, senior executive officer for marketing of the Tokyo-based company, said today by phone. “There will be no impact on output and sales.”

The company also plans to shut its Tamano smelter in western Japan for 35 days from March 13, 2014, he said. Pan Pacific Copper is a joint venture between JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corp., a unit of JX Holdings Inc., and Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co.

Saganoseki in southwestern Japan has a smelting capacity of 450,000 metric tons a year and a refining capacity of 233,000 tons.

Tamano has a capacity of 260,000 tons a year, according to the company’s website. The smelter is 63.5 percent-owned by Pan Pacific, 20.3 percent by Nittetsu Mining Co. and 16.2 percent by Furukawa Metals & Resources Co, a unit of Furukawa Co.