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The new ABUS Pfaffenhain (APf) 2011 price list launches on April 1 with an average price increase of 1.7% from those published in July 2009. However customers will see some significant and unavoidable price rises in oval and night-latch cylinders.
Within ABUS, these APf oval and night-latch cylinders are peculiar to the UK, and are effectively manufactured exclusively for the UK market in comparatively small volumes. ABUS UK, in its first APf pricing review since July 2009, and despite increasing costs in raw materials and global inflation has been able to reduce some APf internationally high volume cylinders, but has also been forced to raise the price of APf oval and night-latch cylinders to reflect the true overheads for their manufacture.
So despite what on average comes out at an inflation beating average 1.7% increase, ABUS UK is aware that the almost 50% RRP increases it has been forced to apply to APf oval and night-latch cylinders may leave some of it’s loyal APf distributors wondering how to justify these specific increases to their customers, where if APf oval and night-latch cylinders have been widely specified, it could look like profiteering from a captive market.