Case Study

Polish bakery modernises its dough-production line

Established in 1996, the bakery is a family business in southern Poland, which expanded over time and currently offers over 100 products, owns 20 sales outlets and a fleet of vans. The strategic goal is to continue growing and increasing competitiveness by developing new products and investing in new technologies.

To reduce the energy consumption and increase the production capacity, the company decided to replace parts of its production line.
 
The company approached PolSEFF for an affordable financing solution and technical advice. The final project included replacement of two dough preparation units with one new energy efficient machine.
 
The PolSEFF team performed the analysis of the proposed technology, its potential of energy savings, financial-technical parameters and profitability.
 
The €148,000 investment allowed the company to save on energy consumption over €20,000 per year. These savings can be seen as additional income. The investment will be repaid from energy savings and revenues from the increased production volume in just two years. In addition, the company reduced its CO2 emissions by 347 tonnes per year, making its valuable input to mitigation of the negative effect of human activity on climate.
 
This project demonstrates that replacement of existing machinery usually leads to energy savings, coupled with other benefits, such as production capacity increase or process improvement. Therefore, it is worth checking the energy saving potential of investment measures, to see if they can generate additional cash-flows from the energy consumption reduction and, hence, increase the attractiveness of the investment.
 
16 Sep 2015