North American manufacturing is making a resurgence. In 2012, U.S. manufacturers contributed $2.03 trillion to the economy (accounting for 12.5 percent of GDP), up from $1.93 trillion in 2011, per data from the National Association of Manufacturers. And according to the Institute of Supply Management, Report On Business®, economic activity in the manufacturing sector has been expanding each month since June 2013.
There are several reasons for this growth (source):
- Global demand is on the rise: The Great Recession reduced demand for American-made products. As the global economy improves, so has the demand for products made in the U.S.
- Manufacturing in China is getting more expensive: Wages in China have increased. In fact, Chinese business owners are beginning to hire undocumented workers from other countries to work in their factories. In consequence, it is now only marginally cheaper for U.S. businesses to manufacture goods in China – when factoring in labor, shipping and energy costs. That has caused a number of companies to move some of their manufacturing back to the United States.
- Relatively affordable, skilled U.S. labor is attracting foreign companies: The factory jobs of today are often part-time, non-union jobs that require specialized technical skills, making it more cost-effective for some European and Japanese companies to manufacture products in the United States.
- More abundant fuel supplies (source): The Canadian tar sands, coupled with expanded proven oil reservoirs in the north central United States, and the relatively recent discoveries of significant natural gas reserves in shale now being accessed through the process of “fracking”, have led to greater independence on foreign fuel sources.
U.S. manufacturing is beginning to capitalize on these growth factors. But this opportunity comes with an obligation: to utilize natural resources in an environmentally friendly and safer manner. With that challenge in mind, the manufacturing sector is embracing the era of Sustainability; eager to find methods to more fully utilize and reuse fresh water and to maximize the efficiency and longevity of manufacturing equipment in new ways.
In the facility management discipline, blended solid concentrate water treatment products from APTech Group are providing Plant Managers new ways of increasing sustainability within the industrial sector while controlling economic concerns.
Major Environmental Benefits
- Reduced diesel fuel use: A 55 gallon drum, weighing 500 pounds, will consume 2.5 more gallons of diesel fuel per typical shipment than a 44 pound carton of blended solid concentrate product with the same amount of active ingredients
- Plastic savings from reduced product container size
- Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) savings from reduced power to produce NaOH
- Blended solid concentrate products are completely product used and all packaging is fully recyclable
Reduces Economic Concerns
- Maximizes utility efficiencies and equipment life:
- Manufactured with the most advanced, proven components the water treatment industry offers
- Controlscorrosion, reduces scale deposits and eliminates microbiological deposits and fouling
- Water savings from not needing to triple rinse drums and from increased cycles of concentration
- Smaller product footprint means space savings in the mechanical room
- Eliminates the need for eye wash station installation and maintenance
- Reduces costs from health issues due to chemical exposure and drum handling injuries
- Blended solid concentrates with the duroTrace® additive can be automatically fed at the precise amount needed. No more wasted money on overfeeding or system risks due to underfeeding.
Satisfied Industrial and Manufacturing Customers
APTech Group and our distribution network of professional water treatment partners have realized significant growth in the past decade of blended solid concentrate water treatment product usage in several key industrial segments, including:
APTech Group can work with your current water treatment service providers to analyze your system for the purpose of transitioning to a blended solid-concentrate maintenance program. Or, we can recommend a local water treatment partner who is well versed in this effective, safe and sustainable blended solid concentrate technology and application. Just click on the Find a Distributor link above to get started.