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    Everyday objects reinvented using Copper (December)
    Brussels, December 10th, 2012 – Always on the look-out for new, helpful innovations for users, industrial designers are turning to copper to transform and perfect the most familiar of objects. The first metal worked by humans, new uses are still being found for the red metal's multiple attributes: style, malleability, conductivity, 100% recyclability and even antimicrobial efficacy; it is the basis for many innovations that impact daily life. In cars, its strength and recyclability have made it the star material for the latest Peugeot concept car, introduced this year at the Paris Motor Show.
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    Golden Copper Cladding has the Power to Captivate (November)
    Brussels, 15 November 2012 – Combining a striking visual effect and unique longevity, gold-coloured copper is the growing new trend for dressing façades. Obtained from alloying of copper, this unique result is prized by architects and authorities who wish to set themselves apart with remarkable buildings that are real urban beacons.
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    Copper Heating Systems now available as an in-wall solution (August)
    Brussels, 10 August 2012: The technique of heating walls with copper pipe has arrived in Belgium! Its technology and efficiency are based on a solution that has already proved efficient: low-temperature underfloor heating. A variety of wall heating systems offer a way to improve energy efficiency in the home, and can be valuable in low-energy buildings.
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    Looking for Inspiration in Architecture, it's even moe than meets the eye ! (July)
    Brussels, July 7th, 2012: A Swedish architect has won a competition run by the European Copper in Architecture Campaign on the website between 1 March and 30 June 2012. 1,523 people participated and registered for the newsletter – available in 17 languages – on the website, which aims to inspire architects with examples of copper’s sustainable contribution to the building construction sector.
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    Rise in Private Tenants Affects Electrical Safety (July)
    Brussels, July 5th, 2012: The number of people living in private rented accommodation is predicted to rise steeply in the UK. According to research by the Electrical Safety Council (ESC), this evolution may expose more people to the risk of electrical shocks and fires. A legal requirement for the landlord to show a recent inspection certificate at each change of tenant could counter this trend.
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    Copper Harmonizes Uffizi Galery's New Staircase with the Renaissance Style of the World's First Public Art Gallery (June)
    Brussels, June 14th, 2012: A prestigious restoration and extension project at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence exploited the versatility of copper to ensure harmony with the world-renowned gallery’s Renaissance style. The Uffizi Gallery, designed by Giorgio Vasari, and originally created by the famous Medici family from their extensive private collections, is considered the world’s first public museum, with over 1.5 million visitors per year.
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    Providing insight into the sustainability of copper products (May)
    Brussels, 24th May 2012: A major update of the European Copper Institute’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of European production provides additional insights into the sustainability of copper products. The 'cradle-to-gate' study, commissioned by the European Copper Institute (ECI), in collaboration with the industry’s global Life Cycle Centre, managed by the Deutsches Kupferinstitut, in Dusseldorf, incorporates primary industry data from 90% of the EU’s 3.8 million tonne copper market.
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    Germany's Largest Geriatric Facility Improves Infection Control (April)
    Brussels, April 25th, 2012: Germany’s largest geriatric facility – the Berlin Geriatrics Centre (Evangelisches Geriatriezentrum Berlin, or EGZB) – has specified Antimicrobial Copper door furniture throughout to augment its infection prevention procedures. The touch surfaces will rapidly and completely kill bacteria and viruses the settle on them, reducing the risk of infections being passed between patients, staff and visitors.
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    The International Copper in a box Exhibition at the Musée des Arts et Métiers (May)
    Brussels, 7 May 2012 – From 29 May to 3 June, the Musée des arts et métiers in Paris hosts the Copper in a Box exhibition on the occasion of the Designer’s Days, thus underscoring the growing importance of copper in contemporary design. This exhibition, staged by Riccardo Giovanetti, takes the form of a journey integrated within the permanent exhibition itself, opening up a dialogue on the theme of the history of the techniques.
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    A Copper Mine at our Finger Tips (May)
    Brussels, 14 May 2012 – According to the International Copper Study Group (ICSG) report published today, 44.8% of the copper used in Europe comes from recycling1. As well as setting a new record, this reveals our copper requirements are increasingly being met by recycling. This win-win situation is helping to supply our ever-increasing demand for the metal (+250% since the 1960s) while, at the same time, lessening the environmental impact of its production and ensure its availability for generations to come. A computer contains 1.5 kg of copper, a typical home2 about 100 kg and a wind turbine 5 tons.
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    Copper's Equestrian Revolution (April)
    Brussels, April 11, 2012: The latest innovation in the equestrian world – offering antibacterial and antifungal properties as well as reducing limb trauma and injury – comes in the form of man’s oldest metal: copper. Already in use on premium horses for racing, jumping and endurance training, copper horseshoes offer a range of benefits that may see it becoming a staple on race courses and in arenas.
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    The Global Industry Trade Associations unify under the Brand Copper Alliance (March)
    Brussels, March 5th, 2012: The European Copper Institute (ECI) is pleased to introduce the new Copper AllianceTM brand and identity. Around the world, under the strategic leadership of the International Copper Association Ltd. (ICA), the copper industry funds a network of associations whose common mission is to defend and grow markets for copper, based on its superior technical performance and its contribution to a higher quality of life.
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    "Copper and the Home" 2012 Competition launched (February)
    Brussels, 13 February 2012: Designers are once again being called upon to be inspired by copper’s aesthetic and technical credentials with the launch of 2012’s International Copper and the Home competition – the fourth of its kind – organised by the Istituto Italiano del Rame (IIR) in collaboration with the European Copper Institute (ECI).
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