Cost leaders enjoy competitive advantage. That is always true. But if ever there was a time to focus on cost reduction, it is now. A… Read More »Inside VWG’s Manufacturing Cost Reduction Programme
Becoming a cost leader is a natural source of competitive advantage for manufacturers. Lower costs assist commodity producers to undercut their competition on price, while… Read More »Common Barriers to Low-Cost Manufacturing
Low-cost manufacturers are not the ones with the lowest staff complements, but those who manage their variable costs effectively. The efficient use of raw materials,… Read More »Key Steps to Sustainable Resource Efficiency Performance
Resource efficiency in the industrial sector is fascinatingly complex. Industrial sites employ a wide variety of materials, resources and processing equipment, all arranged into various… Read More »Resource Efficiency Breakthroughs Require a Systems Approach
Technology is an important tool for maximising the resource efficiency of a manufacturing plant, but even the most efficient technologies require maintenance and management. The… Read More »Using Process-Level Management Systems to Drive Resource Efficiency
There are many overlaps between operational excellence, resource efficiency and broader sustainability issues. Improving product quality reduces rework and saves raw materials, energy and water.… Read More »Does Your Factory Have a Resource Efficiency Strategy?
The use of process baths for the batch processing of metallic items is common, and brings with it the potential for inefficient resource use, risks… Read More »Reaping the Benefits of Drag-out Loss Reduction