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Engineering group funds energy saving with record sales

Shield Group, which bases some of its operations in Oldham, has slashed its energy use by 15 per cent to help manage increases in production after winning £15 million in new work.

Shield Group, which bases some of its operations in Oldham, has slashed its energy use by 15 per cent to help manage increases in production after winning £15 million in new work. 

Shield Group is a tier one supplier of castings and machined components operating from six different manufacturing divisions based in Coventry, Leicestershire, Northampton and Oldham.

The Group saw sales pass £80 million for the first time this year after securing new work supplying lightweight parts for the off-highway, automotive and power generation markets.  

Production growth

As a result the company was faced with major increases in production and needed to manage its energy consumption accordingly. 

The Group worked with Surrey firm Control Energy Costs (CEC) to make changes to its operations and working practices, which included agreeing fixed utility contracts, installing LED lighting, investing in a more efficient melting process and rolling out training to encourage employees to change their behaviour. 

‘Biggest cost to business’

“When you are growing at the rate we are, one of the biggest costs to the business will be the amount of energy we use”, said Chris Shield, managing director.

“We used to look after this in-house, but recognised the need to get an expert in to take a holistic overview to all of our outputs.”

“[We] have successfully reduced the amount of energy we use by 15 per cent - a significant achievement when you consider how energy intensive our businesses are.”