From the Coppersmith to the Container and Plant Constructeurs
The coppersmith is one of the oldest craft trades ever. Copper was the first commodity metal of the people. Found, dignified copper was probably processed in the early Stone Age. Already 3000 to 1000 BC tools, utensils, weapons and art objects were made out of it. Copper with tin alloy gave its name after the Stone Age of an epoch of human history: „The Bronze Age.“ The heyday of the coppersmiths was certainly the period from the Middle Ages to the 20th century In the Middle Ages, coppersmiths supplied copper objects throughout Europe. Bowls, dishes, trays, ornaments, roofs, candlesticks, sacral items, brewing kettles, distilling equipment, jewelery and much more were produced according to an old tradition and a multitude of different working techniques had to be mastered and used more.
Due to industrialization, the associated changes in the markets, the availability of new materials and rising production costs, the scope of tasks of the coppersmiths changed.
Coppersmiths are now taking over more and more areas of activity in container, apparatus and plant construction. Breweries, distillation plants, steam boilers, dyeing machines, cooking and smoking systems made of different materials. All this is planned and produced by coppersmiths. In addition, manufacturers increasingly need to assemble and commission the equipment, including repairs and maintenance. Due to all these changes, it was decided in 1998 to change the job title „coppersmith“ to the current name „container and plant constructeurs“. The range of companies currently operating in container and apparatus construction covers a large variety of products and the materials used. Piping systems, containers, apparatus and equipment for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, food and beverage production, describe only a part of the tasks of the container and apparatus builders.