European Copper Institute

About Copper

 

Where and how is copper used?

Copper and its alloys are all around us, though they often go unnoticed, either because they are hidden inside walls or appliances, or because we take their presence for granted. They have played a key role in our history and are well-positioned to enable future technologies that will help create a better world.

In its pure form, copper appears in applications as diverse as electrical generation and distribution, telecommunications, art and architecture. Copper’s performance can also be expanded to suit many industrial applications and high-tech products. This is achieved by the alloying process, which produces a solid material out of two or more different metals. By combining copper with other metals, a range of alloys can be made to fit almost any application. Read more about the applications of copper and its alloys by clicking the links below.

Looking back in time, we see copper has been key to inventions that have shaped cultures and enabled our modern way of life. Looking forward, we can see copper continues to lie at the heart of innovation and could help us solve some the greatest challenges the world currently faces. To find out more—including case studies of some future applications already under development—use the links below.