Numerous businesses use the metal copper. It is among the metals that are traded the most globally.

For more than 10,000 years, people have used copper. It was first mined in ancient times and was one of the first metals to be smelted from ore when it melted at relatively low temperatures. Industrial use of copper dates back to the Bronze Age. Bronze was also an important part of many ancient cultures and civilizations around the world, and it was used to make coins, jewelry, and weapons, among other things.