International Copper Association: An Overview

The Copper Alliance’s™ history spans more than 50 years. The International Copper Association (ICA) and its affiliated copper organizations have roots stretching back to 1927. The formation of the International Copper Research Association (INCRA) in 1927 strengthened global copper promotion centers, helping to drive copper-related technological innovations. Over the next 29 years, INCRA invested $44 million (more than $140 million in current dollars) toward ensuring strong growth for traditional copper applications and paving the way for new uses.

In 1989, 24 of the world’s leading copper producers united to form ICA with the recognition of a need to coordinate and integrate efforts in copper promotion worldwide. ICA quickly expanded its program activities and geographic reach beyond the work of its predecessor organization, INCRA.

Globalization and an increased demand for copper product technologies drove the copper industry to expand its vision for copper. Not only does this unique element propel technological advancements, but it fulfills broad societal needs to protect the environment and improve human health. Copper advances the delivery of basic services (e.g., electricity and potable water) to developing countries, adds convenience to the developed world, and provides both with improved energy efficiency, reduced greenhouse gases and increased disease prevention.

Within the Copper Alliance™, ICA maintains its global-level role in support of the world’s copper industry, and its governance structure remains intact.