Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation
The Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation or PASAR owns and operates the only copper smelter and refinery in the Philippines. PASAR's primary product is the electrolytic copper cathodes, the raw material used for manufacturing various kinds of electric cables, telecommunication wires, copper shapes and copper-alloy products.
Formed in 1976, the PASAR actively pursued the construction of a plant in Leyte which was completed in 1983 to signal the Philippine Government's industrialization plans for the country.
The Leyte complex includes pollution abatement facilities; port and bulk handling facilities; an airstrip; a medical facility; and housing, recreation and educational facilities for company personnel and their dependents.
The location of PASAR copper smelter and refinery in Leyte in the central Philippines has resulted in many advantages for the company and its partners. The port possesses a deep-harbor facility which is being reconstructed to berth and handle vessels up to 50,000 DWT.
PASAR's location in the Asia Pacific Rim allows access to copper concentrates supplies from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. It also has access to the huge refined copper markets of China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan.