Why Copper


The typical battery-powered electric vehicle requires approximately four times more copper than a conventional internal combustion vehicle.

Copper is one of the most heavily utilized metals in the world, and one of the most widely recycled.

Copper is an essential part of modern life, and used extensively:

Copper – a long history and bright future

10,000 years
copper is humanity's oldest mined metal, used for over 100 centuries
400 +
copper alloys are currently in use, including brass and bronze
33 %
of current demand is met with recycled copper
18 Elements
including gold, silver, cobalt and molybdenum are by-products of copper mining


Copper is a fundamental part of life today and an indispensable part of the future. It is an essential component in the computers, servers, tablets and smartphones that keep people connected. And as the world transitions away from carbon-based infrastructure to electric vehicles and renewable power, demand for copper – already among the most heavily consumed metals in the world – is only going to grow. The typical battery-powered electric vehicle, for example, requires approximately four times more copper than a conventional internal combustion engine vehicle.

Copper helped usher in modern civilization thousands of years ago and has been contributing to the advancement of humankind ever since. It is affordable, adaptable and ever present – an essential and necessary part of modern life today and tomorrow.

Why Zinc?

Like copper, zinc has a range of applications across many industries, including agriculture, construction, pharmaceuticals and transportation. Approximately half of the world’s supply is used in corrosion-proof galvanized steel, which is widely used in infrastructure projects. Zinc sheeting is used for cladding, roofing and gutter systems. Zinc-coated steel is widely used for building framing and bridge construction, and in reinforcing bar in concrete structures. Because of its anti-corrosive properties, zinc can make a crucial contribution to infrastructure projects – and in recent years, there has been a steady demand for galvanized steel from China.