Copper is the Metal of Civilisation

Copper and copper alloys form a central foundation for modern living. They deliver electricity and clean water and make an important contribution to ongoing development. For centuries copper has been intertwined with the story of humanity’s progress. Its crucial role can be seen in our homes, in transport and in industry – in fact in our whole infrastructure.

The most important features

Copper and copper alloys are

Copper is easy to alloy
By combining copper with other metals the essential features of pure copper can be optimised. Alloys are formed which can be used in diverse applications. The most well known copper alloys are brass (copper-zinc), bronze (copper-tin) copper-nickel and nickel-silver (copper-nickel-zinc).

Here is a list of all alloys in our range of products.

Copper and copper alloys are tough, easy to shape and easy to join
Copper and copper alloys are always very tough due to their high density. They are not subject to embrittlement and are wear resistant. Nevertheless they are easy to work and can be shaped into almost any form. A good example for this are the intricate curves found in musical instruments. These show how complex shapes can be made from brass tubes whilst still allowing for a high degree of precision. 

Components made of copper and its alloys can easily be joined by crimping, bolting, riveting, soldering, brazing, welding and adhesive bonding – and this both impermeably and leakproof.

Copper and copper alloys are conductive
Copper and copper alloys are number one -whether in condensers for ships and power stations, apparatus engineering, heat dissipators and cooling appliances, in fact in every field where heat conductivity is required.

Copper has the highest electrical conductivity of all metals, with the exception of silver. From high voltage transmission to microelectronics, in all aspects of electrical generation and transmission, copper is the vital, energy efficient metal.

Copper and copper alloys are antimicrobial and prevent the growth of bacteria and funghi
Scientific research into the antimicrobial effect of copper and copper alloys predestines its use in healthcare, food processing, heating and airconditioning as well as in many other areas where germs are undesired.

Copper-nickel is used to protect condensers in ships, seawater pipes, desalination plants and for other maritime uses. Its surface prevents undesirable organisms such as algae and barnacles gathering.

Copper and copper alloys are durable and timeless
Even the ancient Egyptians used copper pipes for water pipes. Church roofs, statues and architectural elements show the durability of a material which is attractive and also allows for innovative creation in architecture and design.

Copper and copper alloys are recyclable and sustainable
As copper can always be recycled again and again whithout loss of quality, it is rarely lost as a world wide resource and therefore stands for sustainability. Today about 40% of Europe’s demand for copper is met by recycled material.