Manufacturing case studies

Manufacturers can reduce their annual operating costs by up to $100,000 by reducing process waste and installing more energy efficient machinery and lighting.


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AKD Softwoods

A Victorian timber manufacturer has uncovered more than $2.8m in annual savings potential after taking part in a Sustainability Victoria program to reduce their energy demands.

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Rolls of toilet tissue during the manufacturing process

Asaleo Care

Tissue paper manufacturing is classified as an energy intensive trade exposed activity, so managing energy costs is critical for business competitiveness.

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Caronlab Australia

An energy efficiency audit by Caronlab has uncovered potential annual savings of up to $10,000 from a simple lighting upgrade. And the savings don't end there.

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Catalent office building

Catalent

Catalent's efforts to reduce electricity use and carbon production include an LED lighting retrofit across the Braeside site, saving more than 660,000kWh per year.

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Sheet-metal cutting and bending machines in an air conditioning and refrigeration plant

Devilee Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Devilee's saved thousands of dollars through a reduction in materials usage and power consumption. The upgrades also allowed Devilee's to diversify and develop new markets, improve worker safety and employ more staff.

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Giorgio Dental Laboratories

Innovative 3D printing technology is revolutionising the dental industry and helping Melbourne businesses compete internationally while reducing their environmental impact.

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Man in protective clothing using industrial spray painting equipment

Hilustre Coatings

Hilustre coating has modified two of thier curing ovens to reduce gas consumption. Minimising heat losses in the ovens, increase energy efficiency and reduce gas use and costs.

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A row of acoustic guitars, clamped during manufacture

Maton Guitars

A recent resource assessment of Maton's operations is paying big dividends for the business, with costly rejects caused by process errors reduced by 80 per cent resulting in annual savings of nearly $25,000.

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Close-up of machinery producing ceramic pellets

Morgan Technical Ceramics

Following a resource assessment Morgan Technical Ceramics expect to save more than $60,000 per annum through a range of material and energy efficiency initiatives.

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Piles of denim jeans at a clothing manufacturers

Nobody Denim

The search for continuous improvement motivated jeans manufacturer, Nobody Denim, to undertake a resource assessment. This assessment made recommendations to improve materials efficiency and identified a number of energy efficiency savings.

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Machinery inside the Pental Soap factory

Pental Limited

Pental was awarded a $50,000 Gas Efficiency Grant to help with the purchase of a new, more energy efficient boiler to supply steam and hot water used in manufacturing. 

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Inside the Planex factory

Planex

With an energy-intensive production-line including robots, welding equipment and powder-coating, Planex uses more than 500,000kWh of electricity and nearly 10,000GJ of natural gas per annum.

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Worker with a plaster mould

Plaster Profiles

A materials assessment has reaped huge benefits for plaster-board supplier Plaster Profiles with significantly reduced waste generation driven by an unanticipated internal culture shift.

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Showerline Industries

The development of a lightweight shower base requiring 80 per cent less materials and 15 per cent less energy to manufacture is just one of the rewards for Showerline from its involvement in Sustainability Victoria's business productivity programs.

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Sculpture made with grey stone-look concrete pavers

STONE Outdoors

STONE Outdoors maximised the reuse of the fine concrete dust (regrind) created during production of its concrete pavers by modernising its dust capture system, reaping significant cement savings, reduced bin costs and handling times.

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Sussex Taps

Sussex Taps shares its experiences of investing in energy efficiency. Upgrading the foundry's cooling system to new technology has proved a wise investment: cooling-related energy costs are down by 90 per cent and production is up by 7–10 per cent.

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Victoria Carpets

Victoria Carpets had always run extremely efficiently, however after analysis it was found there were a lot of improvements that could be made, particularly in the environmental and sustainability area.

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ZF Boge Elastmetall

ZF Boge Elastmetall designs and manufactures automotive suspension components for local and offshore customers.

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