Copper is one of the most important metals in the world. From its role in human health to its applications in industry and a plethora of products of vital importance to us every day, copper is metal the world is most interested in.
The Significance of Copper
Copper is one of the few metals that are directly useable in metallic form as it is found in nature. It was one of the first metals to be extracted and used by humans and has contributed to the sustenance and improvements to society from the very earliest days. It was used very early by the man in the massive thrust of effort that went into the formation of civilizations, as early as 10,000 B.C. Thousands of years later, it was the first metal to be smelted from sulphide ores. It was the first metal to be cast into a shape in a mould. It was also the first to be alloyed, deliberately, with another metal, tin, to create bronze – which was the name of yet another age in the onward march of progress. Subsequently, copper has alloyed with other metals – with zinc, to make brass, and with nickel to make cupronickel – which are also important to us.
Copper’s versatility and use
Characterized by high ductility, and electrical and thermal conductivity, copper’s value to the industry is immense. Copper also forms a rich variety of compounds through oxidation, and these heighten or catalyze several essential chemical and biological processes that benefit us. In the modern world, copper is used in a mind-boggling diversity of ways from building construction, power generation and transmission, electronic product manufacturing, to the production of industrial machinery and transportation vehicles. Copper wiring and plumbing are integral to the appliances, heating and cooling systems, and telecommunications links used every day in homes and businesses. Copper is an essential component in the motors, wiring, radiators, connectors, brakes, and bearings used in cars and trucks. The average car contains 1.5 kilometers (0.9 mile) of copper wire, and the total amount of copper ranges from 20 kilograms (44 pounds) in small cars to 45 kilograms (99 pounds) in luxury and hybrid vehicles.
The world’s production (supply) and consumption (demand) of copper have increased dramatically in the past 25 years. As large developing countries have entered the global market, demand for mineral commodities, including copper, has increased.
China-focused Copper Conference 2020
Business sessions on copper anywhere in the world, therefore, draw the attention of every sector of industrial enterprise. At any given month, there are important sessions, meets, conferences, fairs, and expositions centered on copper at some venue or the others in the world.
In 2020, the first China-focused Copper Conference is slated to take place over two days on the 16th and the 17th of July, in Shanghai, China. This is the 2nd China Copper Industry Chain Summit and the 15th China International Copper Industry Chain Conference. This event would, of course, attract attention because of the quality of information, information, and exchange such an occasion would afford.
MSK, with our presence in the non-ferrous segment in several countries, has been invited by the highly respected Shanghai Metals Market – the Chinese metals market research organization which publishes daily assessment spot prices for over 100 types of metals, compounds, alloys, and rare earths – to participate in this significant episode in the world of copper.
Owing to the global pandemic and the restrictions on international travel, physical presence at the site is neither safe nor encouraged. We shall be active on the live broadcast of the proceedings over the two days of the event.
Needless to say, we shall voice our role and achievements in sampling, testing, and inspection services. Conversely, we shall also bring the highlights of the proceedings to all those who follow our web pages, blogs, and social media posts.