Physical Properties and Characteristics

Antimicrobial Copper isn't just pure copper, it's shorthand for a host of copper alloys that can be formed into durable, easy-to-clean, affordable touch surfaces available in a variety of colours and finish options.

Copper can be combined with other metals to create alloys such as brass and bronze.  These materials can be used to create a wide variety of strong, durable surfaces suitable for a range of applications. With over 280 alloys registered by the EPA, an array of colour, form and finish options are available to satisfy diverse design needs.

Three main characteristics make Antimicrobial Copper a superior touch surface material:

Superior physical properties

The right Antimicrobial Copper alloy can go head to head with steel in terms of strength and durability. In addition to their antimicrobial properties, Antimicrobial Copper alloys are:

  • Durable
  • Wear-resistant
  • Can stand up to harsh environments
  • Can retain details and finish over time

Flexible manufacturing capabilities

Copper is a well-known material and has been used for centuries.  It is no surprise that Antimicrobial Copper alloys are extremely versatile and can be manufactured using a variety of conventional metal manufacturing processes including:

  • Drawn
  • Machined
  • Cast
  • Joined
  • Bent

Competitive cost

Antimicrobial Copper manufacturing costs are very competitive when compared to other materials.  Some of the contributing factors are:

  • Easily fabricated
  • More parts per minute
  • Longer tool life
  • Completely recyclable

For specific alloy property data, please visit the following links:

European alloys

US Alloys

Alloy cross referencing

Copper and copper alloys are engineering materials that are durable, colourful and recyclable and are widely available in various product forms suitable for a range of manufacturing purposes. Copper and its alloys offer a suite of materials for designers of functional, sustainable and cost-effective products.

Copper and certain copper alloys have intrinsic antimicrobial properties (so-called ‘Antimicrobial Copper’) and products made from these materials have an additional, secondary benefit of contributing to hygienic design. Products made from Antimicrobial Copper are a supplement to, not a substitute for standard infection control practices. It is essential that current hygiene practices are continued, including those related to the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.

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