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General Profile Information - Markets Served: Metal Casting - Copper

Because of its properties of high ductility, malleability, thermal and electrical conductivity, and its resistance to corrosion, copper has become a major industrial metal, ranking third after iron and aluminum in terms of quantities consumed. Electrical uses of copper, including power transmission and generation, building wiring, telecommunication, and electrical and electronic products, account for about three quarters of total copper use. Building construction is the single largest market, followed by electronics and electronic products, transportation, industrial machining, and consumer and general products. Copper by-products from manufacturing and obsolete copper products are readily recycled and contribute significantly to copper supply.