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The future’s bright(er); the future’s copper

As lockdown gradually eases, we are here for you when you need us

The news that more businesses will return to operating in the coming weeks has prompted everyone to consider what needs to happen and not happen.

As car showrooms and open-air markets recommence trading next week, with many other shops scheduled to follow suit from the middle of June, there is now a little light at the end of Coronavirus tunnel.

Whether you have continued to operate throughout the pandemic, drastically changed your trading practices, or ceased altogether, the easing of lockdown will no doubt have made you think about the short to medium term future.

You will be aware that Advanced Alloys has continued to supply copper in a socially responsible way during this time. It is an important raw material in areas such as health, in food production, in communications, in heat exchangers, and not least for the Nightingale Hospitals.

We have refined our working practices to punctiliously abide by government guidel…

Supporting the Nightingale Hospitals

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Advanced Alloys proud to be an indirect supplier to this key NHS initiative

You will know that the Nightingale Hospitals are temporary NHS facilities, specifically set up to treat Covid-19 patients.  There are plans for many across the country, but two of the first to be built are at London’s ExCel Centre and Birmingham’s NEC, each of which may eventually house 5,000 beds.

As you can imagine, putting the necessary large-scale infrastructure in place in such a short space of time, under extremely difficult conditions, tests the skills and resourcefulness of the construction suppliers involved.

Advanced Alloys is supplying copper strip in coils and copper tubing to some of these construction companies.  Whilst never losing sight for one minute of the perils of the overall pandemic, we are nevertheless proud to be playing some small part in equipping these lifesaving hospitals.

At the same time, we continue to supply copper products to other key organisations such as supermarkets.

As we …

Coronavirus: some good news!

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Firstly, at this time, we would like to send you our best wishes and hope that your business fitness and personal health are holding up in these very uncertain circumstances.

There is not a lot of good news around (you may have noticed!) but one ray of sunshine is the fact that copper is one of the very best materials for killing off the Coronavirus (COVID-19.)

The virus can survive for only about 3-4 hours on copper.  By contrast, it can last 24 hours on cardboard and 3-4 days on plastic and steel.  This means that, by the time our copper reaches you, there should not be any virus on it.

It also means that any copper that you hold in storage will be free of the virus – assuming it has been there for more than four hours.

On a more general point, all our staff have been fully trained on the procedures necessary to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.  Like you, we are closely monitoring and following the Government guidelines for any employees still attending their workplace.  Ou…

Your copper-bottomed guarantee of our commitment

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As a supplier to key sectors, we will do all we can

You will be aware that copper is a critical material in sectors that are key to the continued functioning of our country during this period.

Copper is an important raw material in areas such as health, in food production, in communications, in heat exchangers, and so on.

As a multifunctional holder and supplier of copper, we are well aware that you, our customers, rely on us and our supply of the right copper products in the right quantities at the right time.

We know that your work – and our support of your work – is critical to sustaining these crucial sectors in the difficult days ahead.

We therefore want to assure you that we are doing all we can to remain in a position to fulfil your needs now and into the coming weeks.

We would also like to assure you that we are doing this whilst following government guidelines, and whilst safeguarding our customers, suppliers, partners and staff, whom we would particularly like to thank for p…

Corona and Copper

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Has the disruption gone viral?

We are all aware of the serious threat to public health posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). There is also of course the possibility that supply chains will be disrupted by the repercussions of the outbreak.

At Advanced Alloys, we take the timely supply of materials to our customers very seriously, and we would make the following points in connection with the threat caused by the virus.

As you probably know, it is our policy to maintain a significant inventory of materials in the UK, and these are always available for immediate shipment. This means that we can continue to satisfy your orders from our existing stock for quite a while, without relying on replenishment from any other source.

While we are doing this, we are obviously monitoring our remaining stock levels very carefully, as well as the status of our usual supply chain, so that we know if and when we need to pursue alternative sources for any materials, whose original source is affec…

The Sustainability of Copper

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What are the hard facts?

Today, everyone is conscious of sustainability, and responsible governments, trade organisations, companies and individuals try to ensure that the way that they act, buy, consume and discard is good for the planet and not just designed to meet their own selfish ends.

You will therefore be glad to know that copper is a very sustainable material.
It is estimated that, of the approximate 550 million tonnes of copper produced since 1900, two-thirds are still in productive use today. Copper is 100% recyclable. Copper retains its chemical and physical properties when it is recycled. More than 30% of the world’s annual copper demand is met through recycling. Products made with copper operate more efficiently because copper is the best conductor of heat and electricity in the non-precious metals. Whilst 5 tonnes of carbon dioxide are emitted for every tonne of copper produced, because of copper’s high efficiency, each tonne produced reduces emissions by between 10…

The Red Metals: Copper, Brass and Bronze

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What’s the difference?

People often ask us about the difference between various metals, especially between copper, brass and bronze.

Copper is an element; brass and bronze are alloys. This means that copper is just made of copper, whereas brass is a mixture of copper, zinc and possibly other elements, and bronze is a mixture of copper, usually tin and some other elements too.

You can usually tell the three metals apart simply by the colour: we’ve all probably seen copper pipes, brass musical instrument in an orchestra, and bronze medals awarded at the Olympics.

Copper is brown, the colour of autumn leaves; brass is lighter in colour, because of the zinc in it, making it similar to gold, and it usually has a bright sheen to it; and bronze is generally a darker brown, without much of a sheen.

So, what is each of these red metals used for?

Copper is used in many products, because of its excellent electrical and thermal conductivity. It is also resistant to corrosion. It is great to work …