Sigma Aldrich saves €30k through use of stan­dards

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AN Ark­low com­pany has saved over €30,000 in en­ergy costs since it be­gan us­ing the En­ergy Man­age­ment Stan­dard (ISO 50001) at its premises, it was re­vealed last week as the com­pany was one of 24 or­gan­i­sa­tions cer­ti­fied to world class stan­dards at the Na­tional Stan­dards Au­thor­ity of Ire­land (NSAI).

‘ The sav­ings have been in­cred­i­ble,’ said Eu­gene Mulholland, En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy Pro­cess­ing Man­ager with Sigma Aldrich.

‘In just 12 months we es­ti­mate our com­pany has saved more than €30,000 in en­ergy costs and we hope to build on this fig­ure go­ing for­ward,’ he added.

‘Our en­ergy costs are about €900,000 an­nu­ally so since we’ve started us­ing the En­ergy Man­age­ment stan­dard, we’ve saved up to five per cent.’

Sigma Aldrich em­ploys over 100 peo­ple in Ark­low, man­u­fac­tur­ing ac­tive phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts for firms such as Pfizer and AM Gen.

A new Be­hav­iour and At­ti­tudes study car­ried out on be­half of NSAI re­vealed that Ir­ish or­gan­i­sa­tions that use stan­dards have re­ported an av­er­age 20 per cent in­crease in turnover.

The re­search also found that 88 per cent of Ir­ish firms are now us­ing stan­dards within their or­gan­i­sa­tion. This com­pares with 69 per cent of firms in 2012.

At the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony in Dublin last week, NSAI CEO Mau­rice Buck­ley said: ‘ The chal­lenges faced by Ir­ish busi­nesses to­day are very dif­fer­ent from a few decades ago. Tech­nol­ogy is driv­ing in­creased ex­pec­ta­tions from cus­tomers and busi­nesses.

‘More and more ten­der re­quire­ments seek cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised stan­dards, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to th­ese stan­dards can also be a deal breaker when it comes to se­cur­ing ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties,’ he added.

Mau­rice Buck­ley, CEO of the NSAI, with Eu­gene Mulholland of Sigma Aldrich in Ark­low and Pe­dro Alves, MD of IQNet.

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