Aurubis produces and markets shapes in round and square cross-sections and a variety of dimensions under the brand name AURUBIS SHAPES.
The AURUBIS SHAPES product portfolio includes a number of dimensions in round and square cross-sections and offers a range of materials that encompasses oxygen-bearing and oxygen-free materials in addition to High Performance Alloys.
AURUBIS SHAPES therefore offer the optimal starting product for fabricating high-quality strip, foil, plate, tube, profiles and forgings made of copper materials.
The preliminary product for sophisticated applications
Their uniformly high quality and chemical composition mean that our shapes are much sought after for demanding applications.
The range of materials extends from practical 5N copper with a high purity of 99.999 % Cu to High Performance Alloys with a precisely tuned set of properties.
Furthermore, Aurubis offers several processed products and special shapes, for example anode molds, which are directly produced from our AURUBIS SHAPES.
A component of state-of-the-art technologies
AURUBIS SHAPES can be used to fabricate 500 different products. They are not only a suitable basis for traditional applications but are also a significant component of state-of-the-art technologies.
Typical final uses include cable strip with the highest standards for welding and surface quality, molds for foundry technology, lead frames and industrial tube for air conditioners. It is important to us to consider customers’ individual wishes and specifications to ensure optimal processing and functionality.
Whether telecommunications, mechanical engineering, energy technology, automotive engineering or aviation: AURUBIS SHAPES have developed an excellent reputation in nearly all areas of application for six decades.
Our material portfolio
|UNS||DIN EN 1976:2012||Aurubis name|
|Cu-ETP1, Cu-ETP||C11000||CR003A, CW004A||NORG, NORV, NOSV, NO58|
|CuAg0.04, CuAg0.1||C11400, C11600||CR011A, CR013A||NG04, NG10|
|Cu-OFE, Cu-OF||C10100, C10200, F68||CR009A, CR008A||OF01, OF02, OFRR, OFRP, OFFN (99.999 %Cu)|
|CuAg0.04(OF), CuAg0.1(OF)||C10400, C10700||CR017A, CR019A||OS35, OS10|
|Phosphorus deoxidized copper|
|Cu-PHC, Cu-HCP||C10300||CR020A, CR021A||BE 58, BE57|
|CuAg0.04(P), CuAg0.1(P)||C10400, C10700||CR014A, CR016A||BG35, BG10|
|High Performance Alloys||UNS||DIN|
(additional materials with Sn contents up to max. 0.5 % upon request)
Production and fabrication
After pyrometallurgical smelting (or a multi-step recycling process) followed by an electrolytic refining process, the copper is ready for further use in its purest form, as a high-quality cathode. These cathodes, which have a copper content of more than 99.99 %, are first molten down in a carefully monitored process and then cast continuously as an “endless” bar.
Depending on the requirements, alloying elements are added to adjust the desired chemical composition. Once it has reached the desired length, the shape is cut off by a flying saw and moves on to the inspection and quality assurance process.
Our production facilities are specially designed to allow us to produce continuous cast shapes weighing up to 30 t each, which maximizes the efficiency of the subsequent processing steps carried out by our customers.
Routine quality control
We achieve the high quality of AURUBIS SHAPES products with reproducible process control and management and in inspections outlined in quality plans. Product features and specific measurements are regularly calculated and the results are subject to a strict target/actual comparison with an electronic quality assurance program. In the process – depending on the material – the physical and mechanical features as well as the chemical composition and quality of the cast product are determined.
Only products that adhere to the international standards and the customers’ technical specifications are sent on for hot forming.
Dimensions of billets:
Weights of 55 - 1,749 kg/m, diameters of 89 - 500 mm
Dimensions of cakes:
Weights of 505 - 3,650 kg/m, widths of 405 - 1,280 mm, thicknesses of 140 - 335 mm
Preliminary product processed into forgings, strip, foil, plate, tube and profiles
Did you know that ...?
... up to 300,000 m of copper foil can be produced from a single cake?