Copper Alloys

With superior electrical and high thermal conductivity, copper alloys are used extensively in electronics in components such as connectors, transformers and heatsinks.

Copper is a versatile engineering material which benefits from:

  • High electrical and thermal conductivity
  • High strength and durability
  • Good ductility
  • Excellent corrosion resistance
Copper Alloys

Copper represents one of the most widely used alloys in engineering applications, with hundreds of grades to choose from. All individual grades offer differences creating suitability for particular applications.

We stock copper products in a broad range of shapes and sizes to choose from and offer in-house processing options to ensure your finished material is supplied to your specific size requirements.

Outstanding Versatility

Copper is a highly versatile alloy - it can easily be combined with other alloys for deployment in virtually any application.

Only silver rivals copper for its superior conductivity, and copper offers good to excellent corrosive resistance. Since the material is also a central alloying element in bronze and brass, its use in commercial applications is widespread.

The machinability of copper is excellent, and the performance characteristics of the alloy are further enhanced through variations in product chemistry and alloy production.

Copper is also used extensively in construction for architectural and aesthetic purposes. Electronics is also a primary beneficiary due to the alloy's electrical and thermal conductive capabilities.

We supply copper in various grades, shapes and sizes to suit your engineering requirements.

The Oldest Metal

The use of copper travels back 10,000 years and was the first mainstream metal utilised by humans to make items.

Copper is considered the oldest metal used by humans. Gold was used before copper but was so scarce that such use was sporadic. Copper has always been readily available in pure form, and archaeologists have discovered examples of use in many countries.

Early use includes jewellery, ornaments and basic hand tools. It's introduction represented the birth of metallurgy with the expansion of techniques in metalworking evolving as civilisation developed. Such development evolved at pace with experiments in copper metallurgy resulting in the creation of bronze, creating the 'bronze age'.

Very little has changed over 10,000 years. Copper remains a staple engineering material and is as popular today as it was in ancient times.

Copper Today

There is no evidence that copper has shown any reduction in use as a helpful engineering material.

In modern automobiles, copper finds use in wiring looms and electrical circuitry and contacts. So much copper that just the wiring represents more than 1.5km in a standard car which can way up to 20kg.

The construction industry also benefits from copper. Building fascias, expansion joints, cladding and roofing systems all utilise copper. The material offers both practical and aesthetic appeal.

Mechanical engineering utilises copper, too, in areas such as heat exchangers and heat sinks. However, due to copper's excellent electrical and thermal conductivity, one of the largest markets is electrical and telecommunications.

We stock an extensive range of copper alloys in grades, shapes and sizes to suit your needs.

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