In a hard-hitting letter, the BPF cited recent major upswings in energy costs for its members: for example, a typical moulded components manufacturer’s gas bill went up 100 per cent and its electricity bill 60 per cent and a compounder’s electricity prices increased 45 per cent.
The BPF says that cost increases such as these are practically impossible to pass on due to the cost-down policies of major customers.
Peter Davis, director general of the BPF, said: ‘Our members are deeply concerned that they are paying more for their energy than competitors in
‘This effects international competitiveness and will have consequences for
‘We have not had any satisfactory reasons why there is a price difference with
‘While the government expresses concerns about energy prices paid by consumers, little is said about the effects on industrial users.
‘We don’t see much progress in the liberalisation of the European energy market.’
The BPF also raised concerns over the