The value of copper
Copper is the world’s oldest metal and the one that has played the most prominent role in the history of civilisation. It has been a constant companion of mankind’s technological development and is, therefore, known as the “metal of civilisation”.
Nowadays, copper concentrate is sold and shipped to smelters in Chile and other parts of the world where it is refined. Along with cathodes, it is used by different industries to make semi-manufactured goods which are then used in the production of a range of consumer products.
Copper is now used principally in the construction industry and in electrical and electronic products which together account for over 65% of world demand. Other important uses include industrial and transport machinery and consumer goods.