Strategic manufacturing outsourcing specialist boosts green credentials with £150,000 solar investment

Posted on 25 Oct 2021 by The Manufacturer

One of the UK’s leading strategic manufacturing outsourcing specialists has increased its green credentials after investing more than £150,000 in a new energy solution.

PP Control & Automation (PP C&A), which works with 20 of the world’s largest machinery builders, has completed the installation of 450 sq metres of solar panels on the roof of its world-class facility in Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire.

This should provide enough power to reduce the factories electricity consumption by 40% and will save more than 35 tonnes of CO2 every year.

“We are continually looking at ways we can save energy, whilst also being kinder to the environment,” commented Ian Knight, Chief Operating Officer at PP Control & Automation.

“The solar panel installation was an easy decision to make as we can nearly halve our energy bill in one go. Working with our supplier, we’ve installed 108 photovoltaic panels and this investment will pay for itself within four years.”

He continued: “There’s a longer-term ambition to head towards carbon neutrality and losing 35 tonnes of CO2 per year is a pretty good start to this commitment.”

Reducing its carbon footprint is a company-wide effort at PP Control & Automation, with all its 230 staff encouraged to offer ‘green improvement’ suggestions through its Continuous Improvement schemes.

This has led to the reduction of single-use plastic on the shop floor and several recycling initiatives, all governed by its accreditation to the environmental best practice ISO:14001 standard.

Earlier investment had also seen the installation of LED Lighting, contributing to energy saving as well as improving the workplace environment.

“Renewables and greener technologies – both through developments in electrification and wind power – is a big opportunity for our business and we’re already helping customers build machines that offer new solutions in these markets,” added Ian.

“The UK has a great opportunity to lead the world in carbon reduction – we just have to be brave and bold in the decisions we make and invest in creating a supply chain that can deliver the expertise and volumes that will undoubtedly follow.”

PP Control & Automation has been fully operational throughout the entire pandemic, providing strategic outsourcing solutions to customers involved in food and drink, packaging, renewables and medical.

The company’s expertise in control and automation and contract manufacturing, combined with the ability to quickly set up new production cells, saw it supply critical wiring harnesses to the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium and a host of new Covid-19 inspired technologies designed to protect people and reduce the spread of the virus.

With the UK hopefully emerging from the pandemic, PP C&A is targeting 20% growth this year after it saw sales surge post-lockdown.

Sustainability is a major theme of this year’s Digital Manufacturing Week, including Smart Factory Expo and Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit.