28th April 2017


Our programmes involve monthly support, and include the identification, development, implementation and monitoring of projects designed to increase productivity, reduce resource consumption and reduce operating costs. We also provide engineering resources on a retainer basis. If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The following are our key programmes:

The Manufacturing Cost Reduction Programme

Funded fully from the savings generated, this programme  includes the development of individual cost-reduction projects which are implemented, monitored and reported on monthly. Projects include energy efficiency, water conservation, material usage reduction and waste management. Procurement opportunities are also explored. Where investments are required, VWG can also provide funding, again with repayments from the savings generated. The programme is offered on a fixed cost (starting from as little as R15,000/month for small sites) or shared savings basis. For the shared savings option, savings for each individual project are shared monthly over a 2-3 year period, with the client site retaining 100% of the savings from the end of the project life. The programme is available nationally. 

The Energy Management Programme

Energy costs in South Africa have been increasing steadily, and this programme gives manufacturers a systemic solution for either a fixed monthly fee, or if a “shared savings” option is taken, at no cost i.e. our fee is based on a share of the savings delivered. Our engineers will assist you to develop a comprehensive energy management system, and will identify, develop, implement and monitor a portfolio of energy efficiency projects that will significantly reduce your emissions and energy bills. As with the MCRP, funding can be made available for capital projects. The programme is overseen by a UNIDO-accredited National Energy Management Systems Expert.

The Steam System Performance Programme

Steam systems encompass steam generation, steam distribution, steam users and condensate recovery. They can also include cogeneration opportunities as well as heat integration projects. Our programme helps manufacturers and large commercial and institutional users of steam to manage and optimise the efficiency of their steam systems. We develop a system performance baseline and identify, develop and implement optimisation projects designed to ultimately save boiler fuel, water and water treatment chemicals as well as electricity in the case of cogeneration. The programme is overseen by a UNIDO-accredited steam systems optimisation expert and includes comprehensive modelling of the steam systems we work with. This programme can be delivered for a fixed monthly fee or on a shared savings basis.

The Manufacturing Excellence Support Programme

If you operate a manufacturing site and are in need of engineering and technical support to drive operational excellence and resource efficiency, this programme gives you access to VWG’s full capabilities on a retainer basis. We advise you as to how to improve operational performance in all areas – cost, product quality, plant reliability, safety and environmental performance – and make the appropriate engineers available to assist you with specific challenges. The programme is overseen by a senior engineer, and the support provided includes tasks such as risk assessments, technical problem solving, maintenance programme optimisation, data analysis, the development of shop floor procedures and work instructions, productivity improvement studies and more.

The Performance through Problem Solving Programme

The continuous improvement aspect of Lean Manufacturing relies on the use of problem solving skills to close the gaps between actual and desired performance levels. Training is vital, but taking the next step towards the establishment of a culture of problem solving requires broader approaches that consider the operating environment. This programme assists clients to establish supporting frameworks, such as the establishment of performance scorecards and problem solving triggers, as well as the documentation required for recording problem solving events. It includes training as well as hands-on coaching and support for staff in solving real business problems. Individuals gain the skills to function effectively on their own and in teams, and feedback is measured through actual performance improvement. The programme can be customised to client requirements.