The Most Important Industrial Metals for Our Future

That smartphone you use to check Facebook, email and the Internet? That’s possible thanks to industrial metals. Indeed, many of today’s technological advancements are due, in part, to metals being used in ways that would blow the minds of people alive on Planet Earth just a century ago.

Energy and technology rely on several metals, including copper, aluminum, zinc and nickel. These metals help make things like electric vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels possible.


Copper has been used for centuries– way back to plumbing systems in ancient Egypt! Copper conducts electricity, and it is corrosion-resistant and ductile. Today’s average electrical vehicle has about 200 pounds of copper in it! Expect the demand for copper to explode if and when electric vehicles become the norm.


Aluminum is resistant to salt-water corrosion, has a high strength-to-weight ratio and is lightweight– lighter than steel, for instance. Aluminum has been used in recent times to increase vehicle fuel economy as well as coat roofs to reflect sunlight, helping make buildings more energy-efficient.


Nickel, which is hard, malleable and ductile, can be used in electronic circuitry and rechargeable batteries. Did you know nickel is a component of stainless steel? The stainless steel appliance in your kitchen has nickel in it. Nickel is also used in the production of pharmaceuticals and chemicals that benefit humanity.

Our modern world functions thanks to industrial metals.

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