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Copper is a malleable, soft, and ductile metal with very high electrical and thermal conductivity. Copper was the first metal to be used by humans approximately 10,000 years ago in 8,000 BC. It was also the first metal to ever be smelted from its raw ore around 5000 BC and the first metal to ever be molded via investment casting around 4000 BC. In addition, it was the first ever metal to be purposefully alloyed with another metal to create bronze.

The relative softness of this metal helps to explain its high electrical and thermal conductivity. It boasts the highest of these conductive properties second to only silver. The major applications of material are electrical wire, in industrial machinery, and roofing and plumbing materials. This material is generally used as a pure metal, but can be put into alloys such as Brass and bronze when greater durability is required.

Presently, it is used in building construction, power generation and transmission, electronic product manufacturing, and the production of industrial machinery and transportation vehicles. Copper wiring and plumbing are integral to the appliances, heating and cooling systems, and telecommunications links used every day in homes and businesses. This material is an essential component in the motors, wiring, radiators, connectors, brakes, and bearings used in cars and trucks. The average car contains 1.5 kilometers (0.9 mile) of copper wire, and the total amount of copper ranges from 20 kilograms (44 pounds) in small cars to 45 kilograms (99 pounds) in luxury and hybrid vehicles.

Major uses of Copper include:

  • Building construction/architecture – roofs, rain gutters, downspouts, domes, spirals, doors, etc.
  • Wire and cables
  • Integrated circuits, Circuit Boards (PCBs), and other electronic application s
  • Electric motors
  • Antimicrobial applications
  • Musical instruments
  • Pots, pans, and other cooking utensils

Whatever your Copper manufacturing needs may be, Source International can assist you from initial Product Development to First Production to In-process Quality Control to Shipping. Contact us today to find out how we can help you save time and money while increasing overall efficiency and product quality.

 Copper wire


Posted on

July 22, 2016