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Red-orange metallic luster

Red-orange metallic luster

Copper, the lustrous reddish brown material that you can see while stripping any ordinary electricity wire, is a metal that has been known to mankind for nearly 5000 years. The Roman era probably saw the earliest origin of copper; evident from the mining activities being conducted in Cyprus. Copper tubing in serviceable condition was found in the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.

The origin of the scientific name Cuprum is derived from the Latin name of Cyprus (also of Greek, Kyprios). The metal and its alloys



Copper(I) oxide

Copper(I) oxide

(primarily Brass and Bronze) have been in widespread use for many years. Second only to Silver in electrovalence, Copper is frequently used in the electrical and electronic industry. Plumbing and cookware also involve copper.

Toxic to invertebrates (bacteria and other microorganisms), Copper compounds are used in algaecides and pesticides. The daily recommendation of copper for an adult is 1-2 mg and for a child is 0.5 mg. As a pure element, Copper is generally found with thin, discrete areas of its oxidized form on its surface. This contributes to the anti-microbicidal property of copper utensils.

Commercially found at a purity of 99.999+%, copper is the hottest available commodity among base metals. Copper price is a reliable indicator of the health of global economy because a majority of the world’s infrastructure – telecommunications, transportation, construction etc. – relies on copper. Replacing all aluminum wound transformers with copper would allow for a savings of INR 1800 crores for India.

Three main characteristics make Antimicrobial Copper the most effective touch surface material:

Continuously kills microbes :

  • Efficacy as an antimicrobial is scientifically proven to be far more effective than silver-containing coatings
  • Proven to continuously kill the microbes that cause infections
  • The only solid antimicrobial touch surface approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Never wears out :

  • Continuous and ongoing antimicrobial action
  • Remains effective even after repeated wet and dry abrasion and re-contamination
  • Natural oxidation does not impair efficacy.

Safe to use

  • Not harmful to people or the environment
  • Inherently antimicrobial, no chemicals added
  • Completely recyclable.

For more interesting facts about Antimicrobial copper-alloy touch surfaces please visit Wikipedia