There are a variety of interesting products made from copper. Some products are for industrial use, while others are for the general consumer. Demand for copper is expected to grow substantially over the next 10 years.
Copper comes in different grades and alloys. Multiple grades and alloys of copper are designed for specific uses like electrical products, musical instruments and maritime components. The most common alloys are:
- Brass – a blend of copper and zinc
- Bronze – a blend of copper and tin
Sample Industrial Products
- Electrical wire
- Bus bars and connectors
- Bushings and screws
- Maritime fittings (Naval Brass)
- Non-sparking tools
- Railings and door knobs
- Roof accents
- Musical instruments
- Ammunition casings
Projected Demand for Copper
Currently, about 75% of total copper use is attributed to electrical uses from power transmission, building wiring, and electronic products.
Demand for copper from the “green” energy transition is expected to increase 13% per year over the next 10 years according to Mining.com. This demand will primarily be driven by the adoption of wind turbines, solar panels, and electric vehicles (EVs).
Green energy applications currently account for about 5% of overall copper demand. It is expected to account for nearly 16% by 2030.
Sources of Copper and Miners
The countries of Chile and Peru lead the world in mining copper. The US is fifth and follows China and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The top copper producing companies include Codelco, Glencore, BHP and Freeport-McMoRan.
Other Interesting Facts About Copper
- Copper is an essential element for human nutrition. Foods high in copper include leafy greens and beans.
- Natural copper elements in water bonding with chlorine is the cause of hair turning green in swimming pools.
- A copper impregnated material is being used by hospitals for high-touch surfaces because copper has anti-microbial properties.
There are many products made from copper. Demand for copper is projected to grow due to the green energy transition. It will be interesting to see how the price of copper changes and the effects on the costs of industrial and consumer products.
About C&C Machine
We are a CNC machine and light fabrication shop with years of experience in manufacturing custom copper bus bars among other critical components. We are strategically located in Claremore, Oklahoma.