How Australian Manufacturers Can Tackle Rising Energy Costs

It is no secret Australian manufacturers have been experiencing a tough time of late. The high Australian dollar, a tough international market and high commodity prices have all contributed to a prolonged period of difficult trading conditions. Among these high commodity prices, and perhaps having the biggest impact, is the significant rise in energy prices experienced since the turn of the century. This whitepaper shows how real electricity prices for manufacturing businesses have increased on average 60% since 2003 , and for energy-intensive manufacturing this has taken a heavy toll on production costs and profits.