MKM Mansfelder Kupfer- und Messing GmbH (MKM), Hettstedt, has begun the production of high-purity, oxygen-free copper strip (Cu-OFE). MKM is the only manufacturer in the world with the ability to produce this oxygen-free, hot-rolled copper strip in a continuous production process: our innovative Conti-M® cast-rolling technology makes it possible to cast, hot-roll, mill and coil copper strip in an uninterrupted process.
The oxygen-free copper contains no elements that can outgas in vacuum, possesses high conductivity for electricity and heat and is particularly resistant to hydrogen in both natural and industrial atmospheres. OFE copper is also resistant to stress corrosion cracking. MKM will be offering OFE copper predominantly to customers in the electrical engineering, electronics and vacuum systems engineering segments for whom this high-quality copper strip offers exceptional properties. OFE copper not only possesses very good hot and cold forming properties, but is also good for welding and very good for hard and soft soldering. In the words of Roland Harings, CEO of MKM, 'With OFE copper strip, we at MKM have now begun a quality-oriented expansion of our product portfolio that fulfils the demands of many of our customers. Numerous tests have clearly confirmed that MKM OFE copper strip can offer exceptionally high quality standards and process reliability.'
MKM is a technology leader in the manufacture of semi-finished products in copper and brass. MKM has invested more than 400 euros since 1997. The company is the only manufacturer in the world to offer wire, strips, tubes, bars and sheets from a single source. In the past year, MKM processed 245,000 tonnes of copper with a workforce of around 1,100 employees. Around 1,000 customers from 60 different countries place their trust in MKM. This positions MKM as a global premium partner for the electronics and construction industry, solar energy and systems engineering and the automotive, aerospace and telecommunications segments.