Electronics are by now well embedded in many aspects of our everyday lives, from the mobile phone to accessories in our cars, from computers to palmtops and multimedia readers, not to mention all the appliances we have in our homes.
The presence of copper components, incorporated in the finished product, is not always noticeable. Without even realizing it, everyday we come in contact with copper based objects which enable the electronics we use to work properly. They are used when we do ordinary things such as using a mobile phone or a computer, powering windows, a DVD player or a household appliance.
But besides products related to consumer electronics, copper components are also used in a wide range of goods for industrial use such as conductor boards, microprocessors, transformers and connectors used in complex industrial machinery.
Copper and its alloys are widely used in the electronics industry due to their excellent conductivity. Copper allows electronic devices to operate faster, reduce the formation of heat and last longer: it basically gives them better performance.
The constant and rapid evolution of electronic devices also guarantees that the copper component is requested in order to provide better performance in ever smaller spaces. The transformation industry has fully met this request, collaborating with the downstream industries (electronics and automotive) and developing materials made of special copper alloys that have a high added value.
KME rolled products are extensively used in the Electronics Industry as strips made of copper, brass, bronze, and special STOL® alloys. Our strips can be supplied either "bare", tin-plated or with special surface finishes and offer the possibility of manufacturing highly complex components in a very cost-effective manner.
Ultra thin strips, profiled strips and variable thickness strips are especially used to manufacture miniaturized components.
Finally, in our Drawn and Extruded Products unit, we produce copper anodes for electroplating that are used, among other things, for the manufacturing of printed circuit boards.