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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. 

63% of UK manufacturing respondents said they are vulnerable to an energy shortage due to having inadequate plans in place.*

Our energy solutions

Our innovative, flexible solutions include insight and analytics, on-site generation, renewable energy technologies and flexible funding. With our end-to-end delivery capability and fully-managed service options, we enable you to focus on new ways to improve competitiveness, maximise the value of your energy assets, protect just-in-time schedules, guarantee right first time production and achieve sustainable business growth.

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

Reducing vulnerability to power outages, improving efficiency, commitment to improving environmental performance and finding new ways to create revenue streams – these are the pivotal factors that can strengthen competitiveness and deliver sustainable growth.

58%
of manufacturing respondents stated that using smart and emerging energy technologies was very important to gain competitive advantage**
54%
of manufacturing respondents said that they believed having coherent energy strategies could help their business focus on innovation**
56%
of manufacturers said that they believed having a coherent energy strategy provided an opportunity for achieving a sustainable business model**
How energy can enable a more sustainable future

To improve competitiveness, reduce costs, lower production risk and build a more sustainable future, it is essential that you focus on three areas.

44%
of manufacturers said that their reputation depended on having a consistent energy supply*
>25%
of manufacturers believed that they would experience more frequent energy-related failures over the next five years**
58%
of UK manufacturers said that reliability of energy supply was their top concern*
A lower carbon future for the UK, a more sustainable future for business

Our new report, Distributed Energy: Powering Sustainability, reveals how energy solutions could help Industry save 106 Million tonnes of CO₂e by 2030, the equivalent to 11% of the sector’s current carbon footprint.

SOURCES:
*Energy resilience in UK manufacturing, Barclays 2016
**Energy Advantage Research, Centrica Business Solution