Premier Castings, based near Oldham, produces grey cast and ductile iron in an induction furnace and employs 14 people. It uses moulds made from sand mixed with acid and a phenolic binder.
A new management team brought in Groundwork to undertake an environmental review which identified a number of savings, achieveable at little cost.
Landfill tax had made the disposal of used moulds more expensive. The review suggested a way of increasing the proportion of reclaimed sand from 80% to 86%, at negligible cost. This saved more than £7,000 a year and reduced waste material going to landfill by 72 tonnes a year, and generated another £8,000 in knock-on savings such as eliminating the need for a vehicle to transport the waste.
Improvement of management procedures is producing significant energy savings. A monitoring and targeting system alone reduced energy use by 10% or £3,000 annually.
Renegotiation of gas and electricity supply contracts saved another £6,500, leaving Premier Castings on target to save more than £15,000 a year for very little capital outlay a significant sum for a company of this size.