Industry on slow drive, but hopes to kick into higher gear

Nov 01, 2010 | 06:34 AM | Myra Pinkham

If the market takes off, the use of copper-nickel tubing for hydraulic brake lines in autos could be a nice piece of business for certain tubing manufacturers and redrawers, according to Bob Weed, vice president of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) markets for the New York-based Copper Development Association (CDA).

The use of alloy C70600 copper-nickel—comprised of about 90-percent copper, 10-percent nickel and a small amount of iron—for this application gained a lot of attention in the early 1970s when Sweden's Volvo Car Corp. made its initial move in this direction, although it stopped using the product in 2002, Weed said.....

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