Economic recovery helps metal prices rise
20 August 2013 Last updated at 11:30 BST
From the plumbing in our homes to the studs in our jeans - metals are an essential part of everyday life.
For much of the year the price of copper, steel and aluminium has been falling. However, with the slow recovery of large economies, prices have begun to rise.
Mining analyst, Chris Welch says metal prices will remain constant for the next 18 months and businesses will see "less downside risks".
Jeremy Howell reports.