The volatility in the energy sector is not likely to disappear any time soon. However, by proactively seeking ways to reduce our energy requirements, we can make our manufacturing operations much less vulnerable to sudden changes in energy pricing and/or availability.
If you’ve read some of the economic headlines lately, you’re liable to feel as if the New Year isn’t getting off to a very happy start. With continued terrorist threats and a potential war with Iraq, many forecasters have remained cautious in their outlook, if not downright pessimistic.
As reported in Ceramic Industry’s August 2002 “Giants in Ceramics” issue, 2001 was a difficult year for many ceramic and glass manufacturers. However, some suppliers surveyed indicated increased production and sales in 2002, as well as optimism for additional growth in 2003 and 2004.
“Productivity” and “efficiency” will no doubt continue to be big buzzwords in the coming year as companies struggle to regain lost profits, and the pressure to produce more products at a higher quality and lower cost is likely to increase