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The Metals Platform began trading non-ferrous metals and raw materials in 2006.

We are one of the top 5 global merchandizers in refined copper and zinc.

We hold strong positions in copper cathodes and precious metals raw materials.

We have a direct presence in all major origination and sales regions.

We are maintaining our leading position by expanding our logistic footprint in Asia, Peru, Bolivia, Zambia and Namibia, as well as leveraging our presence in the ever-growing Chinese market through our own domestic trading activity.

About Metals

Copper, zinc and lead meet the challenges of everyday modern life through a variety of applications.

55% of copper production is used for electrical wiring due to its excellent conductibility, while 20% is used in building construction and plumbing.

Zinc has unique impermeability so is used extensively to make a protective coating for steel in construction industries.

Lead’s properties include high density and corrosion resistance, so it is used in the construction  industry for weathering, roofing and cladding to prevent water penetration. However, the most significant application for lead is in batteries, which accounts for 71% of world lead production.

Our strengths in Metals

We originate, consolidate, export and transport to destination a number of different metals, including copper, zinc, and lead concentrates, copper blister and refined base metals.

Our strategy involves investing in resources and developing our interests in the metals value chain. This includes managing product off-takes and assisting in risk mitigation. In Canada, Mexico, Peru, and Namibia we are counterparty to long-term off-takes.

In Namibia, we operate a warehouse and are engaged in an important supply and off-take agreement with a smelter.

The Metals team has developed a strong presence in the market, helped by the reputation and capabilities of the Louis Dreyfus Company research function.

Through more recent contracts we have opened the door for future transactions in copper concentrates, blister and cathodes in the growing markets of the Middle East and Africa.

We have expanded our involvement in the origination of concentrates through warehousing and other opportunities across the logistics chain. In Singapore, we have purchased a 51% stake in GKE, a logistics service provider.

Sustainability story

Assist a Child to School

Louis Dreyfus Company Kenya Limited has an ongoing partnership with locally registered charity ACTS (Assist a Child to School)

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Assist a Child to School (ACTS) is a charity registered in Kenya that has operated in Mombasa for 13 years. It runs a number of programs in schools located in Kongowea, a slum in the suburbs of Mombasa. Louis Dreyfus Commodities Kenya Limited has an ongoing partnership with the charity, supporting their goals of providing needy children with personalized education plans. In 2007 the company began sponsoring the education of two children who are now in their final year of secondary school. Each year, Louis Dreyfus Commodities Kenya Limited also purchases Christmas cards from the charity. With funds raised contribute towards helping needy children from the slums to receive an education. The Christmas cards feature artwork by children supported by ACTS.

Sustainability story

Assist a Child to School

Louis Dreyfus Company Kenya Limited has an ongoing partnership with locally registered charity ACTS (Assist a Child to School)

Read the full story

Assist a Child to School (ACTS) is a charity registered in Kenya that has operated in Mombasa for 13 years. It runs a number of programs in schools located in Kongowea, a slum in the suburbs of Mombasa. Louis Dreyfus Commodities Kenya Limited has an ongoing partnership with the charity, supporting their goals of providing needy children with personalized education plans. In 2007 the company began sponsoring the education of two children who are now in their final year of secondary school. Each year, Louis Dreyfus Commodities Kenya Limited also purchases Christmas cards from the charity. With funds raised contribute towards helping needy children from the slums to receive an education. The Christmas cards feature artwork by children supported by ACTS.

Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods, leveraging its global reach and extensive asset network to deliver for its customers around the world - safely, responsibly and reliably. Today we help to feed and clothe some 500 million people, originating, processing and transporting approximately 81 million tons of commodities annually.

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