Building products manufacturer, Quantum Profile Systems Ltd (QPSL), has accumulated annual savings of £147,000 since 2012 with resource efficiency support from the Business Growth Hub.
Having been established for over 40 years, QPSL specialises in the extrusion of rigid and flexible PVC and employs 90 people at its site in Oldham.
Following a management buyout in 2000, the company underwent a major transformation under the banner of ‘Lean and Green, Safe and Clean’ and since 2012 has been working with the Business Growth Hub’s Green Growth service to improve its processes and ensure it maintains its ISO 14001 status.
The Green Growth service provides specialist one-to-one support for businesses in Greater Manchester to reduce energy, materials and water use, and has helped the region’s businesses to save £100 million since 2001.
QPSL has become one of the Business Growth Hub’s biggest success stories, having achieved annual savings of £147,000 and 430 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) through compressed air efficiency improvements, reduced raw material usage, process controls and legal compliance.
In total, these measures are saving 756,000 kWh of energy and diverting 20 tonnes of waste from landfill every year.
“As a business we were already making significant efficiencies but we lacked the expertise and equipment to go as far as we wanted”, said QPSL director and operations manager, Simon Crossley.
“Green Growth offered us an unrivalled expertise in resource efficiency, access to their thermal imaging technology, a valuable survey of compressed air leaks onsite and access to suppliers in their network that could help us cut costs in new ways.”
QPSL’s most recent improvements include replacing one of its chillers with a more energy efficient alternative, upgrading its air compressor, replacing lighting, reducing its baseload electricity consumption and providing ‘smart driving’ training for its drivers.
These measures will save the company nearly £25,000 a year, with most measures paying back in less than two years.
“For us, the drive for efficiency was borne out of environmental considerations, simply because a business like ours consumes so much energy. There is a strong financial argument for the steps we have taken to become more resource efficient”, Simon said.
To find out more about the Business Growth Hub’s Green Growth service, or to read other success stories, visit the website.