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 pulling together in the face of these unprecedented challenges.
Let’s all make the difference that we can.
Stay safe. Stay supplied. Stay in service.
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 affected by the virus. We will make every effort to activate these sources in good time in order to provide you with a seamless continuity of supply.
This is of course an evolving situation, and we will continue to monitor developments closely with our suppliers and customers. We will take advice from the relevant government agencies, and thereby update you, our customers, on any changes during this period of uncertainty.
Please do not hesitate to contact your usual Advanced Alloys representative, if you have any questions or concerns at all, or if you would like to discuss any aspect of this matter in greater detail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Doing exactly what it says on the copper