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PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Our Copper group is always looking ahead. This ambition has not only seen us build a strong portfolio of copper operations but also acquire interests in several of the world’s largest international copper markets and deposits. We have a strategy aimed at positioning our Copper business to maximise our exports and value from the long-term potential of industry fundamentals in the international markets.

We invest in value-creating, leading edge technology that drive forward the efficiency and safety of our mining processes and reduce our environmental
impact, above and below ground.

The Copper group of Viewlance Inc has high-value growth opportunities in the copper sector. The group aims to create shareholder value by reducing costs, leveraging technology to make its operations safer, more productive and more sustainable, and focusing its portfolio on low-cost, high-value operations and growth opportunities.

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How copper is mined

Copper is mined either at via open pit mines or underground mines.In open pit copper mining, the ore is broken free and reduced to a manageable size by blasting. Huge shovels are used to load the broken ore into haul trucks, which take it to the crusher.

Underground mining of copper usually involves block caving, a technique that uses gravity to extract copper ore from the mine. In block caving, mining engineers create a cave below the ore deposit, causing the ore to break away from the ceiling and fall into the cave. Loaders then transport the ore to an underground crusher, and shafts convey the ore from the crusher for processing.

In the crusher, the ore is broken into smaller pieces of less than 25 centimeters in diameter. Crushed ore is then loaded on to a conveyor belt which takes it to the concentrator. In the concentrator, semi-autogenous and ball mills grind the ore until it is a fine powder

Ground ore is then mixed with water, chemicals and air in flotation cells, which causes the copper-bearing minerals to stick to air bubbles in the cells. The bubbles float to the surface of the mixture and are collected as liquid concentrate which contains about 27 per cent copper.

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Copper Is Found In Nearly Every Home And Vehicle, In Parts And Appliances, And In Instruments Used In All Aspects Of Modern Living, Infrastructure And Technology. In Many Respects, Modern Life Would Not Have Been Possible Without Copper.

 

There Is A Good Reason Why Copper Has Played An Important Role In Human Civilization For Thousands Of Years. It Can Be Easily Shaped, Molded, Rolled Into Sheets, Or Drawn Into Thin Wire. It Blends Readily With Other Metals To Form Useful Alloys Such As Brass And Bronze. It Does Not Easily Rust, And It's An Excellent Conductor Of Electricity And Heat.

Copper Is A Chemical Element With Symbol Cu And Atomic Number 29. It Is A Ductile Metal With Very High Thermal And Electrical Conductivity. Pure Copper Is Soft And Malleable; A Freshly Exposed Surface Has A Reddish-Orange Color. It Is Used As A Conductor Of Heat And Electricity, A Building Material, And A Constituent Of Various Metal Alloys.

Copper

And Its Uses

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Copper is found in nearly every home and vehicle. From the electricity that lights
our homes, to the infrastructure that builds our cities, to the technology that connects
our world, copper is an essential element in making modern life work.

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The Third Metal

Copper is the third most used metal in the world, after iron and aluminum.

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Electrical Cables

66% of the copper consumed every year is used in electrical applications.

For communication, information and relaxation, we rely on electronic devices like smartphones and computers – all
of which are powered by wiring that contains copper.

 

Copper has been important to humanity since ancient times: there are records of objects made from the metal, dating back to 8000 b.C