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Plastics Manufacturing

Turning over £25 billion annually, plastics manufacturing makes up a key part of the UK’s manufacturing sector. 64% state that energy costs post the biggest risk to their business. At the same time, any changes made to reduce energy costs have to be implemented in such a way that they do not compromise other energy management priorities: better sustainability and reduced risk of disruption. 

Powerstar has worked with major plastics producers to not only mitigate energy costs, but to deliver sustainability and power resilience benefits alongside those savings. With energy costs typically making up around 20% of total costs for a plastic manufacturer, improved energy efficiency is a powerful cost-saving tool. Unlike many cost pressures that a manufacturer faces, including increased raw material and supply chain costs, your energy bills are an area that you have a degree of control over. By using energy across a site more intelligently, manufacturers can secure substantial savings that translate to better profitability and bottom line. 

Energy Costs

With energy costs making up such a large percentage of total costs for the plastic sector, savings are crucial. This can include technologies such as voltage optimisation, that reduces incoming voltage to the optimal level required by on-site equipment. Intelligent energy management software and effective data capture is also key to making improvements, giving a better oversight of how a site is currently using energy  

Carbon Reduction

Sustainability is a key priority for UK manufacturers, with the plastic industry often under particular scrutiny when it comes to their environmental impact. Fortunately, reduced energy costs and better sustainability can complement each other well, with better energy efficiency playing a key role. 

Smart Microgrids

Integrate new, low-carbon technologies, use energy more intelligently and protect your site from the cost and disruption of a power failure with a smart microgrid, allowing a site to run independently from the wider grid and incorporate a range of energy technologies more efficiently 

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