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Posted on Saturday February 01, 2020
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.
  1. It is estimated that, of the approximate 550 million tonnes of copper produced since 1900, two-thirds are still in productive use today.
  2. Copper is 100% recyclable.
  3. Copper retains its chemical and physical properties when it is recycled.
  4. More than 30% of the world’s annual copper demand is met through recycling.
  5. Products made with copper operate more efficiently because copper is the best conductor of heat and electricity in the non-precious metals.
  6. 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 100 and 7,500 tonnes. Copper therefore compensates for its own production by a factor of up to 1,500!! Bottom line: by 2030, copper has the potential to reduce the world’s carbon footprint by 16%!
  7. The copper industry actively works to protect the environment by monitoring air, soil and water quality in the vicinity of mining operations, as well as utilising innovative processes and techniques to minimise emissions and environmental impact.
  8. Copper-based applications, from smart and secure grids to underground cabling, increase infrastructure resilience, protect against natural disasters and guard against man-made attacks, thereby supporting governments’, businesses’ and societies’ efficiency and sustainability goals.
Proud to be part of a sustainable industry, at Advanced Alloys, we ensure that our processes, distribution and culture align as closely as possible with the environmental aims described above.

We hope that you found this blog useful. If you have any questions at all about any issue raised here – or indeed anything to do with copper, its alloys and their sustainability and use – please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you!
Posted on Wednesday January 01, 2020
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 with because, whilst it is very strong, it is also relatively flexible – it is fairly easily bent or stretched. This obviously makes it ideal for many products whose manufacturing process requires this combination of attributes.

Brass, on the other hand, is most commonly used for decorative purposes, because it looks like gold. It is also of course used in musical instrument because it is easy to work and it is durable, though not as durable as copper.

Bronze is much harder than copper, and so less flexible, and is therefore used to create things like sculptures, musical instruments and medals.

We hope that you found this blog useful. If you have any questions at all about any issue raised here – or indeed anything to do with copper, its alloys and their uses – please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you!
Posted on Tuesday November 19, 2019

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’ll have what you need, ready to deliver it to you.

Listening to you, and understanding your evolving needs, has directed us to add different types of machinery, to learn new methods and processes, so that we can cut, bend or otherwise manipulate the metal in exactly the way that you want.  And it’s meant that we’ve enhanced our handling processes and distribution services to the point where we know for certain that the metal that you want will arrive at your location in perfect condition. 

As I said, we’ve been doing all of this since 1988 – and we thought it’s about time that we shouted a bit louder about the experience that that journey has given us, the experience that we believe truly does set our expertise and service apart – and perhaps, most importantly of all, the is reason that you are the loyal customer that you are today.

Thank you!



 

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