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
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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
The factors which drive resource efficiency are complex, and include raw material quality, operator work practices, machine settings, process set-points and technology. For a given… Read More »The Links between Plant Maintenance and Resource Efficiency
While the recent sharp decline in the Rand is expected to introduce significant local economic shockwaves, the reality is that the currency has been depreciating… Read More »How the Collapsing Rand Should Influence Your Approach to Resource Efficiency
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
Crisis? What crisis? Water shortages in Gauteng have been looming for years, and even when additional water is finally sourced from the Lesotho Highlands through… Read More »Gauteng Water Crisis – What Should Industry Do?
Despite increasing scarcity, water is still a relatively cheap commodity and this is perhaps why, except for the most water-intensive industrial sub-sectors, water is often… Read More »Water Management Considerations for Factories
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