Availability of Alternative Metals and Environmental Concerns to Hinder Growth in Copper and Copper Alloy Foils in Asian Market: Ken Research

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Copper and copper alloys foils are manufactured into thin sheets or foils using two major processes namely electro-deposition and rolled annealing. Copper and copper alloy foils are flat rolled copper sheets and its alloys, which are manufacture using different processes such as rolling, hammering and electrolysis. Copper alloy foils are widely consumed in many industries due to its exclusive properties such as conductivity, malleability and flexibility. Copper alloy foils are available in various thicknesses ranging from 0.025 mm to 5 mm, depending on the end use application.

Cooper and copper alloy foils are used across many industries such as electrical & electronics, automotive, decorative and others. However, electronics and electrical is the largest consumer of copper and copper alloys foils due to its wide application in manufacturing of PCB (Printed Circuit Boards). Copper and copper alloys foils offer an attractive balance in terms of performance characteristics compared to other foils with good conductivity, malleability and flexibility. Therefore, copper and copper alloys foils are widely used for manufacturing of PCB, lithium batteries, radiator materials and others. Copper and copper alloys foils are demanded in the manufacture of electronic devices. PCB is an important component for operation of any electronic devices where thin copper foils are adopted in the manufacturing process. Furthermore, the introduction of electric vehicles has led to more consumption of copper and copper alloys foils in Asia.

According to the study “Asia Copper and Copper Alloy Foils Industry Situation and Prospects Research report”, with abundant supply of copper as raw materials and a huge number of PCB manufacturers, the market for copper and copper alloys foils in Asia will witness a drastic growth. China accounts for a major share of copper and copper alloys foils market in Asia compared to other Asian countries due to many PCB industrial establishments within the country. Rapid urbanization, increasing disposable income of middle class population are few factors driving the growth of copper and copper alloy foils. Various products available in copper and copper alloys foils are natural cork stopper, agglomerated cork stopper and others. Geographically, Asia’s copper and copper alloys foils market is spread across China, India, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia and others. The leading players in Asia’s copper and copper alloys foils market are Amari Copper Alloys, Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Arcotech Ltd, Civen Metal Material (Shanghai) Co, JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation, Carl Schlenk AG, and Les Lamineries Matthey SA.

Asia’s stringent legislations on pollution have boosted the prevalence of electric vehicles. This industry consumes large quantity of copper foils in the manufacturing of lithium batteries for electric vehicles. Therefore, substantial growth of electric vehicles in Asia is coupled with the growth in copper and copper alloy foils market. Copper and copper alloys foils market in Asia is categorized based on types such as copper foil, brass foil, bronze foil, copper nickel foil and others. Copper and copper alloys foils are utilized in electrical & electronics, automotive, decorative, and others industries.

Copper and copper alloy foils market in Asia is expected to expand at a healthy pace due to increasing demand from the construction, electrical, and electronic industries. Increasing demand and consumption of copper and copper alloy foils in automotive industry is also an additional advantage to drive the growth in the Asian market. Decline in crude oil prices, increasing demand for copper foils in PCBS (Printed Circuit Boards), increasing manufacture of Lithium-Ion batteries, rapid industrialization and urbanization in Asian developing economies has targeted the market growth. The availability of substitutes for copper and copper alloy foils coupled with environmental regulations will definitely hinder Asia’s copper and copper alloy foils market growth over the next few years.

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