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UK productivity at highest rate since 2008 - now to maintain it

The UK’s productivity rate is at its highest for eight years, returning to pre-financial crisis levels for the first time according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS revealed that output per hour, upon which productivity is measured, increased by 0.6 per cent between the first and second quarters of 2016. Output per hour in manufacturing rose by 2.2 per cent in the second quarter and was one per cent higher than the previous year.

Although concern has been expressed that UK productivity is still lower than that of France, Germany and the USA, the upturn in British manufacturing is encouraging considering the unpredictability of energy prices and increasingly stiff competition from overseas.

But how can manufacturers maintain this upswing as we head into the unknown territory of Brexit?

Around two-thirds of electricity consumed in industrial processes worldwide is used to power electric motors; therefore upgrading to the IE3 or IE4 equipment can help reduce running costs while also ensuring compliance with EU MEPS energy-efficiency legislation.

Adding variable-speed drives to motor-powered processes yields even greater savings, with electricity consumption reduced by as much as 60 per cent. While productivity soars, equipment wear and maintenance requirements head in the other direction.

Gibbons Engineering Group is an experienced provider of energy-efficient electric motors and industry-leading ABB drives, meaning we can offer bespoke solutions to help users fully optimise applications using mixers, pumps and conveyors to name just a few.

 Our position as an authorised value provider for ABB drives means we have access to a global network of products and expertise, allowing us to source equipment and technical information at a moment’s notice.

To talk about improving the energy efficiency of your electric motor-driven application, call Gibbons Drives Manager Alan Roberts on 07966 468430 or email

Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors

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