The Sustainability of Copper

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

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 …

It’s been in the pipeline for some time - But our new website is finally here!

We have been Advanced Alloys since 1988, and, in that time, we have naturally gained a lot of experience.Our expertise has grown; our customer service has developed; our stock has increased; our delivery has broadened; and our value-added services have multiplied.
But our website has not kept pace.So we thought it was about time it did!We thought it was time we reminded you of exactly how much we can do for you.
We have come to realise, in doing what we do, that listening to you is the most important factor.If we work closely with you, we know that you will get the right product, in exactly the right quantity, manipulated if need be, in perfect condition, at the time that you need it.
Working with you in this way has led us to expand the range of products that we keep in stock, so that we can deliver them to you the same day or the next day.And, because we know what you’ll need at different times of year, we will over-order and over-stock those items, so, without you having to ask us, we…