Copper Metal

Of all the materials used by humans, copper has had one of the most profound effects on the development of civilization. From the dawn of civilization until today, copper has made, and continues to make, a vital contribution to sustaining and improving society.

What makes copper and copper-based products so valuable to us, and why do societies depend on them? Copper’s chemical, physical and aesthetic properties make it a material of choice in a wide range of domestic, industrial and high technology applications.


  • Density: 8,94 gram / cm3
  • Melting point: 1084 °C
  • Is ductile (it can be stretched)
  • Is corrosion resistant
  • Is malleable
  • conducts heat very good and
  • conducts electricity excellently

Alloyed with other metals, such as zinc (to form brass), aluminum or tin (to form bronzes), or nickel, for example, it can acquire new characteristics for use in highly specialized applications.

Copper is one of the most recycled of all metals. It is our ability to recycle metals over and over again that makes them a material of choice. Recycled copper (also known as secondary copper) cannot be distinguished from primary copper (copper originating from ores), once reprocessed. Recycling copper extends the efficiency of use of the metal, results in energy savings and contributes to ensuring that we have a sustainable source of metal for future generations.