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Copper

For efficient energy conversion

Copper conducts electricity and heat very well which makes the metal an essential raw material in building communities and modern economies; 65 per cent of all copper produced around the world today is used to generate and conduct electricity. It is an incredibly important metal in the transition to alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric that need large amounts of copper both to generate electricity and transfer it over long distances with as little energy loss as possible. The supply of copper is thus one of the most important factors for effective energy transition. 

Boliden copper production

We produce around 350,000 tonnes of copper annually at our smelters, which makes us Europe's third biggest producer. In 2016, we mined 103,000 tonnes of copper concentrates.

We produce copper from concentrates from our own mines, external mines and recycled material at our copper smelting plants in Rönnskär and Harjavalta. Important end-users for the copper we produce are the construction, electronics, electrical engineering and automotive industries.

Facts about Copper

  • Chemical symbol: Cu
  • Appearance: Reddish, metallic lustre
  • Melting point: 1,048.62 °C
  • Boiling point: 2,562 °C
Copper

Did you know that...

when a copper product reaches the end of its service life, its copper can be 100 per cent recycled without any deterioration in characteristics? As much as 95 per cent of the copper used in buildings today is recycled.

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Contact

Boliden Head Office

Boliden Group
Klarabergsviadukten 90
P.O. Box 44, SE-101 20 Stockholm
Tel: + 46 8 610 15 00
Fax: + 46 8 654 80 90