European Copper Institute

Copper and Copper Alloys


What makes copper so special?

Copper and copper alloys are widely-used in diverse applications from electrical generation and delivery to art and architecture. Why? Using the links below, you can read about the properties of copper, the processes by which it is mined and produced, and the resources from which it comes.

Copper’s performance can also be expanded to suit many industrial applications and high tech products by the alloying (producing 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. You can find out more about commonly-used copper alloys including brass, bronze and copper-nickel by selecting Alloys below.