Copper Wire’s Fight Against Viruses and Bacteria

Copper wire is used in multiple industries for its conductivity and corrosion resistance. But did you know that many businesses choose copper for its antibacterial properties? From healthcare agencies to automotive industries, copper is a key component in parts for antibacterial and antimicrobial benefit. Read on for why you should choose CWI copper wire for your trade.


Copper’s Anti-Germ Properties

Long before chemists studied the antibacterial properties of copper, the alloy had been used for sterilization and treating illnesses. Copper was first thought to be used by the Egyptians to sterilize wounds and water around 2600 B.C. Its natural antimicrobial properties have been used for medicinal purposes ever since then. Copper is the only solid metal registered as a health product with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Antimicrobial copper kills 99.9% of bacteria on surfaces within two hours of exposure. This germ-fighting alloy works by rupturing the bacteria’s cell, disrupting the cell function and then eliminating the germ. Copper has been known to reduce Staphylococcus Aureu, Enterobacter Aerogenes, E. coli and SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus).


Safety in Quality

When selecting a wire or cable for your application, consider choosing an alloy with built-in safety benefits, like copper. Rest assured that you are selecting the safest option by choosing a high-quality product. When it comes to critical or life-saving applications, don’t settle for second-best. Central Wire Industries has been providing quality wire and cable for over 60 years. Our copper alloys, as well as our stainless steel and nickel alloys, are used in mission-critical applications every day. Save time and money by choosing the right product the first time.


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Custom Copper Wire For You

Central Wire Industries offers copper resistance wire, fine wire, knitted wire mesh and medical wire. Common alloys include C101, C102 and C110. Diameters range from 0.001” up to 0.0808”. Wire can be drawn according to the Buy American Act when necessary. Remember that antibacterial copper works best without coatings, waxes or paints. Our knowledgeable sales department can help you find the perfect copper product for your antimicrobial application.


Natural antibacterial properties allow copper alloys to be an ideal choice for sanitary or medical applications. From medical fine wire to public transportation applications, choosing a safe, high-quality metal starts with the alloy. Central Wire Industries has the resources to offer several copper wire products for your industry and application. Looking for more information about the benefits of copper? Learn more about our copper products today!