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UK manufacturers challenged to increase exports to £1 trillion by 2020

The Government has set a target of doubling British exports to £1 trillion in the next four years, with manufacturers set to form a critical part of the ambitious project.

The plan was announced as over 300 UK manufacturers were addressed by Lord Price CVO (Minister of State for Trade and Investment) and Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE, DL at an International Festival for Business conference arranged by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. The Government has committed to having an extra 100,000 businesses exporting by 2020 as it looks to strengthen the UK’s position in the global economy.

If the British manufacturing sector is to meet the Government’s export target, significant investment in energy-efficient equipment will be required to achieve increase in productivity.

Electric motor-driven applications make up two thirds of global industrial electricity consumption, meaning that installing, or upgrading to, IE3 and IE4 motors will yield substantial long-term energy savings while providing a quick return on investment.

Connecting variable-speed drives to motor-powered equipment including fans, compressors conveyors, pumps and mixers allows manufacturers to achieve energy savings of up to 60 per cent. While productivity and profitability is vastly increased, manufacturers enjoy the added benefits of reduced equipment wear and maintenance requirements.

Gibbons Engineering Group is an authorised value provider for ABB drives, which means we’re fully approved to recommend, install, service and repair equipment to optimise manufacturing processes. We have extensive experience delivering projects within the UK manufacturing sector, with satisfied clients in the food and beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries to name just a few.

To discuss the benefits of variable-speed drives for your process, Drives Manager Alan Roberts on 07966 468430 or email

Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors

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