People learned to use copper more than 10,000 years ago in the Stone Age in the form of bronze, copper and tin alloys. The Latin name of this element is Cyprium and originates from the name Cyprus, the island where the Romans produced copper from rich mines and called the metal aes Cyprium, which means “metal from Cyprus”.
Copper can be recycled numerous times without decreasing its quality. Recycling copper saves not only resources, but also helps save energy that is necessary for the production and processing of the ore. Thanks to its excellent electrical conductivity, copper is ideal to use in electrical engineering, electronic engineering and in telecommunications. The expansion of our office network, the increasing need for telecommunications in our homes, as well as the high security and comfort standards in the design of today’s cars guarantee that the need for copper will continuously increase. On average, about 25 kg of copper are used in the production of today’s cars. Our modern lifestyle would not be possible without copper. Moreover, copper is applied in architecture and the construction industry – besides electrical conductors, copper pipes are widely used in water supply and heating systems in our homes. Copper is often used for the construction of roofs and paneling due to its good corrosion resistance and last but not least its remarkable appearance.
Distribution of the business consumers of copper: