What is the International Copper Association (ICA)?
- A not-for-profit trade association
- A credible, independent advocate on issues critical to future copper demand
Why the Industry Needs ICA
- Industry is more effective, credible and efficient when it works together. ICA makes this possible.
- Without ICA, members would incur major expenditures individually, losing leverage opportunity:
- Response to Europe REACH regulation. Cost: $12M
- Response to International Maritime Organization transport requirements: $50 – 100M saved each year
- Response to plans in China to switch from copper to aluminum in 1.9 Mt copper power cable market
How ICA Meets the Needs of the Copper Industry
- Active in more than 60 countries
- Working in partnership with:
- Local copper fabricators and equipment manufacturers
- Governments and regulators
- Trade and other end users
- Three program areas:
- Public Affairs, Market Access and Strategic Communications
- Maintain copper industry license to operate in complex regulatory environments
- Ensure market access for copper products
- Market Defense/Growth
- Prevent or slow substitution by alternative materials
- Increase intensity of copper use in equipment and in buildings
- Positive impact on both copper demand and sustainable-development goals
- Image/Reputation Building
- Communicate messages showing copper makes a positive contribution to sustainable development
- Position copper industry as a trusted partner of governments and nongovernmental organizations
- Achieved through a mix of health and environmental science, codes and standard setting, direct promotion, technical innovation, market intelligence and strong communications.
Defining Value to Members: ICA is an efficient, market-focused organization delivering measurable value to members.
- Tonnage impact of 250,000 tonnes
- Positive image/reputation for copper and copper industry
- Continued industry license to operate
- Insurance against long-term demand destruction