OIL, POWER AND CO. The prices continue to fall

Dusseldorf. By conserving raw materials? There are many companies still room for improvement. "Commodities are among the companies currently not the most important issue", says Lars-Peter Häfele by purchasing consultant Inverto. Accordingly, would not all possibilities perceived savings. This is the result of the raw survey of Inverto in cooperation with Handelsblatt. Have participated 80 Managing Director and Head of Purchasing from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Even the Ukraine crisis or unrest in key regions of the Middle East have not changed the assessment of the Company. Finally, increases in raw materials such as oil, Gas and grain, which would be logical because of the crises, failed. On the contrary: The European Brent oil currently costs less than 80 Dollar je Barrel (159 Liter). So little had to be paid for it last more than four years ago. The industrial metal copper traded for global economic concerns on a multi-year lows.

Such price reductions affect the balance sheets of companies generally positive, accordingly allowed to show the company. Supply problems expected one-third of respondents - if at all - in rare earths. Two years ago distressed these high-tech metals, which are used as for mobile phones, fast 40 Percent of companies. At that time, China had export restrictions imposed. "This is still in the minds of it", explains Häfele.

But now even the German Resources Agency has given the all clear. Because the demand for so-called heavy rare earth sinks. The reason for this: LEDs, LEDs for short, contact by faster than expected. Und für sie werden viel weniger Rare earth benötigt. The concerns of enterprises are thus further pushed back.

Similarly, in oil, Gas or coal. Just one fifth of the Company can imagine supply problems. "It just nobody expects, that Russia will actually turn off the gas tap ", Häfele explained with views of the Ukraine crisis.

Despite the decline in prices expected nearly two-thirds of the companies a significant influence of raw material costs on their performance. But these are much less than 2011 (91 Percent). At that time many raw materials were more expensive than ever before. With economic- and financial crisis broke the prices a - a decline, has not caught up to the present day.

The low prices help companies, but also tempted by a certain levity. Because fewer and fewer companies secure against price fluctuations or even do away with the replacement of the expensive raw materials. Keep projects aimed at reducing the use of materials 58 Percent of respondents may be a suitable, to optimize the need for raw materials. However, less than half drives this forward. "There are good approaches, but it often fails due to the implementation ", says Häfele. Often lacking in knowledge, and of sufficient staff.

The potential is immense, showing an example of a manufacturer from the electrical industry: He has been in production of pins, the required amount of gold by a smaller layer thickness and the change in production technology greatly reduced. Overall, the producer saves 40 Kilograms of gold a year. This corresponds to a reduction of 75 Percent. No smaller chunks for gold prices nearly 1200 Dollars per ounce (31,1 Gram). "With these levers can sometimes considerably reach more than about price negotiations", underlines Häfele.

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