Following Tenneco’s successful ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems certification, five more Nelson Mandela Bay manufacturers are leading the way in energy reduction.
While Tenneco became the first company in the country to achieve the ISO standard, the Automotive Industry Development Centre, Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) says a further five suppliers are in an advanced state of readiness.
The urgency of automotive suppliers in the region to reduce energy consumption by implementing enhanced energy management systems at their plants, is precipitated by rising energy costs and strained supply.
AIDC Supplier Development Supply Chain Manager, Lance Schultz said the importance of energy efficiency was highlighted by the fact that up to 85% of the total electricity costs of automotive component production companies is due to electricity usage during production.
This week, the AIDC EC facilitated site visits to the five companies in order to assess and refine their energy management systems.
The participating companies are Benteler Automotive, Veyance Technologies, Lumotech, Natstan and Schaeffler, all light automotive components manufacturers, working through the stages of achieving their energy efficiency ceiling, in order to significantly reduce their energy consumption and ultimately be as efficient as possible, Schultz said. “The direct benefit is not only cost optimisation but also to reduce industrial usage in the region. This is particularly important since the winter season is upon us and demand side from Eskom is constrained.”
Energy Management expert and ISO50001 technical auditor Moses Motaung from Madikela Engineering Solutions, who conducted