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Selection Table T17

T17: Calculation of metal surcharges

■ Table 17-1: Example ‘Copper’

The copper price Example I. How to calculate the copper price supplement for cables:

In Germany and some other countries, Flexible cable ÖLFLEX® CLASSIC 100, 3G1.5mm2. U. I. Lapp P.N. 0010 064
copper cables, -leads and piece-goods Copper index per catalogue: 43 kg/km, Copper base per catalogue: 150.- Euro/100 kg
containing copper may sold at daily copper Therefore the calucated copper weight is 43 kg per 1 km.
prices (DEL). The DEL is the Stock Ex-
change Quotation for German electrolytic Copper copper
copper conducting purpose, i.e. 99.5% (DEL + 1 % procurement surcharge) – copper price basis
index x = supple­ment cost
pure copper. The DEL is expressed in Euro 1000
(kg/km) in Euro/100 m

per 100 kg. It appears in the commercial
section of the daily papers under the head-
ing “Commodity Markets”. Example: ÖLFLEX® CLASSIC 110, 3G1.5mm2.
DEL 247.75 means: 100 kg copper (Cu) DEL: 247.75 Euro/100 kg. Cu base 150.- Euro/100 kg.
cost 247.75 Euro. Currently a 1 % procure- Cu index: 43 kg/km
ment surcharge is added to the daily quo-
tation for cables, leads and piece-goods. (247.75 + 2,48) – 150.00

43 kg/km x = 4,31 Euro/100 m
The copper price basis
In the list price of many cables, almost all In the case of a DEL-quotation of 247.75 Euro/100 kg. the additional copper price
leads and piece-goods, a proportion of the supplement is 19.56 Euro/100 m for ÖLFLEX® CLASSIC 110 3G1.5 mm2.
copper price is already included.It is also
expressed in Euro per kg. Example II. How to calculate the copper price supplement for piece-goods:
● Euro 150.-/100 kg for almost every ÖLFLEX® SPIRAL cables 540P 3G1.5 mm2 (Part number: 73220150).
flexible cable and leads (e.g. ÖLFLEX® U. I. Lapp P.N. 7322 0150
CLASSIC 100) and piece-goods Copper index per catalogue: 605.5 kg/1000 pcs.

(e.g. ÖLFLEX® SPIRAL 540 P) Copper price base per catalogue: 150.- Euro/100 kg
● Euro 100.-/100 kg for telephone cables Therefore the calucated copper weight is 605.5 kg/1000 pcs. = 0.605 kg/piece.
and -cords (e.g. J -Y(St)Y)
● Euro 0.-/100 kg for cables (e.g. NYY,
NYCY, NYCWY), an exclusive copper (DEL + 1 % procurem. surcharge) – copper price basis copper supplement
index (kg/ x =

cost pricing. 1000 in Euro/100 pcs.
1000 pcs.)
Copper basis is indicated at each relevant
page of this catalogue, below the article
table. 605.5 kg/ (247.75 + 2,48) – 150.00 60,69 Euro/
x =
1000 pcs. 1000 100 pcs.
The copper index
The copper index (copper number) is the

calculated copper weight (kg) of a cable Price including copper:
per lengts (km) of a cable or lead, for Copper price supplement is accounted separately at the invoice.
piece-goods per (1000) piece(s) and is Your net price (without tax) is calculated as follows:
indicated for each catalogue article. Catalogue/(gross-) price minus your discount (%) + copper supplement.

Other Metals
This proceeding is applied for other metals sameway, e.g. “Aluminium”. The term “Copper” is then to be replaced by “Aluminium”.
General: “Metal”.

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T17 Selection Table

T17: Calculation of metal surcharges

■ Table 17-2: Background-Information ‘Cables’

For the vast majority of our product-range as it is the maximum conductor resistance the cable design. This leads to an enlarge-

the make of conductors for cables is in line at 20 °C that counts. The degree of (+/-) ment of the total (stretched-out) conductor
with the international standard DIN EN deviation reg. that mathematical value length. Beside that unavoidable manufac-
60228 (VDE 0295)/IEC 60228. depends on the manufacturing process turing tolerances may (e.g.) lead to a re-
of the individual producers and on the duction of the conductor cross-section by
Standardized limit values are obligatory conductors semi-finished products used tensile forces during extrusion and twist-
for the nominal cross-sections, listed there in that course. ing. To compensation that and to be in line
and the conductor materials Copper/Alu- with the requirements of the max.

minium/Aluminium-Alloy. The relevance of For invoicing, e.g. when it comes to copper conductor-resistance a safety margin of
these limit values varies with the individual surcharges the – so called – copperindex copper may be included.
conductor classes – but a maximum con- is applied. ‘Calculative copperweight’ is
ductor-resistance at 20 °C they all have also common – meaning the same. The It is worth to mention, that this general
in common. The conductor-resistance at branchtypical* value is – as per a nominal figure (1 mm2 – 9.6 kg/km) and it’s uni-
20 °C is a crucial value to proof. Further cross-section of 1 mm2 – 9.6 kg/km** form employment by various cable-produc-
dimensional requirements of DIN EN and includes the necessarily enlarged ers enables an effective comparison of

60228ff or of product-standards with ref­ amount of copper as needed for the prices, especially in case of non-screened
erence to DIN EN 60228ff serve as safe- cable production. cables and if it comes to the invoicing of
guard for the compatibility of conductors copper surcharges.
and connectors but do not state require- This enlargement compensates as a
ments regarding the weight of the general figure additional expenditures – This customer-information shall give a
conductor materials. which may vary dependant on the indivi­ view of the technical and commercial
dual cable producers- and which occur in background reg. the determination and the
For example the density of copper acc. to the course of the manufacturing process. employment of the – so called – copper­
DIN EN 13602 as used for cable manufac- These are especially nonreversible losses index. It shall highlight the benefits and

turing is 8.89 g/cm3. Hence a single-con- as caused by starting-up cable lengths, the efficiency for customers, producers
ductor cable with a nominal cross-section copper abrasion at the drawing dies and and trade.
of 1 mm2 has a copper-weight of 8.89 kg/ an increasing copper consumption through
km. This mathematical approach to deter- the widening/ wear of the drawing dies.
mine the copper-weight delivers a first Further additional expenditures come from * U.I. Lapp GmbH is Member of ‘Fachverband Kabel und isolierte

Drähte’ as the cable-expert group of ZVEI

clue. The actual weight may fall below that, the twisting of conductors as a very part of ** In analogy – the applicable aluminiumindex is 2.9 kg/km

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