TOKYO, March 1 A minor technical glitch forced
Japan's Mitsubishi Materials Corp to stop operations at
Indonesia's main copper smelter, briefly resumed on Wednesday
after a strike had halted all but the refining process since
Jan. 19, a spokesman said.
"We expect to fix the technical problem and resume operation
in a short period," the spokesman said, without giving a
The Gresik smelter, owned by PT Smelting, produced about
190,000 tonnes of copper cathode in the year to March 2016 and
had planned to produce 260,000 tonnes this financial year
through March 31, before accounting for the strike's impact.
The spokesman declined to give the latest output plan for
PT Smelting is 60.5 percent owned by Mitsubishi Materials,
while Freeport-McMoRan Inc's Indonesian unit holds 25
(Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)