Precision engineering company flying high
Posted on Mon, 02 Dec 2019
Harris RCS have been providing CNC machined parts for the aviation and commercial industries for well over 40 years from their site on Bayton Road Industrial Estate in Exhall, Nr. Coventry. Established in 1974 they have formed a world class reputation for producing precision CNC machined high-quality steel, super-alloys, plastic, titanium and aluminium components to the aviation, defence, electronic and other hi-tech industries across the world.
Cllr O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs & Regeneration (front); Amy Skelhon and Graham Harris, Harris RCS (right)
Thanks to a £8,500 grant provided by the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is partly funded by the ERDF and being delivered by Coventry City Council, the family-owned business managed by Graham Harris and Deborah Walters has invested £28k in a series of measures to achieve energy efficiency savings at their premises.
The measures have included cutting edge sensor controlled LED lighting throughout, the construction of an insulated internal wall to minimise heat loss and the replacement of a roller shutter door and all external steel security doors with new insulated doors and a fast action roller shutter door.
Graham said: "We occupy an ageing factory unit with the energy inefficiencies associated with it. The funding we have received has addressed some major issues which has resulted in significant cost savings on our energy bills. This has enabled us to retain a fixed pricing strategy for our customers worldwide as well as helped us achieve a moral and ethical green stance alongside improving the working environment for our staff. "
The effects of Harris RCS investment have seen their electricity and gas consumption drop by 60% and it is also helping to reduce 31 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Cllr O'Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs & Regeneration at Coventry City Council said: "Taking a sustainable approach to energy consumption is a change many companies will have to make sooner or later - and often all they need is a bit of support to help them. This programme provides that easy to understand approach with free energy audits and grants to help them on their way."
Graham added: "The payback from our investment will only take 2-3 years and I would encourage all local small to medium sized businesses to get on board as the whole process is really quick and why wouldn't you want to reduce your energy costs."
Harris RCS applied for a grant from the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Coventry University and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. The programme is open to businesses with less than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire.