Big savings, small cost

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 […]

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.