Powering the industrial manufacturing sector
We help industrial manufacturing organisations improve competitiveness, boost growth and build a more compliant and sustainable future with smarter use of energy.
Faced with cheaper imports from overseas economies, UK manufacturers are under pressure to reduce their input costs and increase investment in innovation, automation and new business models, in order to stay competitive. Our experience and innovative energy solutions enable us to help you be more competitive, improve margins, lower production risk and build a more sustainable future.
Pressures squeezing industrial manufacturers
Operating in a highly competitive environment – with growing pressure from rising input costs and lower-cost, overseas manufacturers – UK industrial manufacturers need to ensure they meet customer product quality and delivery timescale expectations. Additionally, whilst trying to find new ways to increase innovation and growth, manufacturers must address the increasing consumer and regulatory focus on sustainability. All these challenges mean it has never been more crucial to improve production resilience, increase efficiency and ensure environmental compliance.
What role does energy have to play?
As the UK’s leading energy supplier, nobody understands as well as we do the current energy challenges that the industrial manufacturing sector faces.
- The high costs of energy-intensive production processes make energy efficiency critical in reducing pressure on margins
- The negative impact on delivery schedules when production downtime occurs makes it essential to avoid energy outages
- Growing reliance on automation and new production technologies increases vulnerability to power outages
- Creating a platform for innovation and growth depends on having a scalable and flexible energy infrastructure
- Protecting production quality and precision relies on a stable energy supply
- Consumer and regulatory pressures increase the focus on energy sustainability and compliance
*Energy resilience in UK manufacturing, Barclays 2016
**Energy Advantage Research, Centrica Business Solution