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Topic Title: Copper and Cable Prices.
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Created On: 28 September 2017 10:33 AM
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 Copper and Cable Prices.   - Zoomup - 28 September 2017 10:33 AM  
 Copper and Cable Prices.   - Legh - 28 September 2017 03:45 PM  
 Copper and Cable Prices.   - Zoomup - 28 September 2017 05:09 PM  
 Copper and Cable Prices.   - AJJewsbury - 28 September 2017 06:55 PM  
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 28 September 2017 10:33 AM
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Zoomup

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Mornin All,

A large international mining company has suggest that the switch to electric vehicles will drive the demand for copper. Cable prices are likely to rise.

Apparently "copper is the metal of the future." Battery technology requires zinc, lithium and cobalt, but the biggest demand for new electric vehicles will be copper. Electric vehicles need four times as much copper as their conventional types.

Copper prices have rallied by a fifth over the summer due to increase demand expectations.

A forecast predicts that 140 million new electric vehicles will be on the roads by 2035.

A medium sized electric vehicle still needs subsidies to compete, so a lot depends upon batteries, policy, and infrastructure.

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 28 September 2017 03:45 PM
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@Z

Have a read of this phd paper

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 28 September 2017 05:09 PM
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Yep carbon nanotubes seem to be the way to go for radio/data cable screening. As for "power" cables perhaps they are not suitable. The reduction in weight compared to copper must be an advantage in many cases though.

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 28 September 2017 06:55 PM
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A large international mining company has suggest that the switch to electric vehicles will drive the demand for copper. Cable prices are likely to rise.

I'm not convinced - the amount of copper tube that got replaced by plastic during my renovation would probably offset most of the wiring in the entire house never mind a few more metres in a family runaround.

If I wasn't so young and trusting I might suspect someone with a financial interest trying to talk up the futures market....

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