Sustained growth in global demand for copper continues to drive its price higher around the world. In the first half of November 2010, the price of copper reached a new peak above USD 8,900 per ton. “The price of copper is at one of its highest peaks ever, and has more than doubled in two years*. It is bound to reach even higher, unpredictable peaks,” says Marc Kaeumle, Vice President, Transmission Lines and Wireless Indoor Solutions at RFS. “While the price of aluminum has also risen, its growth curve is much flatter and more predictable than that of copper,” he adds.
This continuous escalation of raw material costs has forced RFS to reassess the cost and price structure of its copper-based cables.
“The increase in the cost of RFS’ copper-based cables varies between 6 and 14 percent, depending on the cable type,” explains Kaeumle. “This translates into price adjustments throughout our copper-based transmission line portfolio, which includes the CELLFLEX®, RADIAFLEX®, HELIFLEX®, FLEXWELL® and RGFLEX® cables.”
“Existing quotations will be honored in accordance with their stated validity periods and copper price brackets,” adds Kaeumle. “However, contracts that include escalation clauses based on the price of copper will be reviewed, and all new offers will be based on the revised RFS transmission line price lists.”
Aluminum-based cables remain at the forefront of RFS’ strategy to help its customers better control their worldwide procurement costs while achieving best-in-class performance.
RFS' CELLFLEX® Lite corrugated aluminum cables deliver superior performance in key areas, such as return loss, attenuation, crush resistance, corrosion resistance and durability in extreme temperatures. The cables’ performance attributes have been proven in numerous tests and were recently confirmed through a series of rigorous tests conducted by China Telecommunication Technology Labs (CTTL), China's most authoritative independent laboratories. “Quite simply, the unrivalled quality and performance of RFS’ CELLFLEX and CELLFLEX Lite transmission line products is indisputable,” Kaeumle concludes.