Copper's record sparks substitute chatter

MAJOR copper consumers are starting to wave a red flag at the red metal as the price moves deeper into all-time record territory, triggering a call for metallic substitutes such as aluminium for some power lines.

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Previous commodity booms have had the same effect on copper as the metal prices itself out of some applications.