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European manufacturers ignore drivetrain savings

26 June, 2008

A survey of 330 manufacturing companies in ten European countries has revealed that few are exploiting, or even aware of, the potential energy savings that they could make in their plants. The study, conducted for the MRO supplier, Brammer, found that while more than 75% of respondents believe that energy saving is an important issue for their company and most (60%) are planning or implementing energy savings, few are including items such as more efficient motors, drives, bearings and belts in their plans.

Brammerís research results suggest that while 78% of key managers are focussing on energy savings in relation to their production processes, 59% are not even be considering changes to their use of motors, despite the fact that motors account for around 65% of a typical plantís energy consumption.

Brammer estimates that if more efficient motors and drives delivering average energy savings of 15% were fitted across the EU, companies could save a total of £5.85bn, or 47.27 million tonnes of CO2, every year.

Ian Ritchie

"Manufacturers across Europe are coming under increasing pressure to meet green targets and cut energy consumption," says Brammerís UK managing director, Ian Ritchie (above). "Clearly key managers in manufacturing plants recognise their responsibility and believe they are working hard towards this, but our findings indicate that there is a great deal more that they could do that they may be overlooking."




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