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25 January 2017

Industry experts gather for FDF's first Engineering and Automation event

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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) will gather industry experts from across the food and drink manufacturing supply chain at its first engineering and automation showcase event on the 28 February 2017.

Taking place at the FDF's new offices in central London, the event will focus on the future of engineering and the implementation of automation, as well as how the industry can attract the right workers and upskill existing workforces.

Speakers include representatives from FDF members such as Emma McLeod, Principal Engineer at Mondelez International, Ryan McNeill, Sustainability Manager at Nestlé, Robert Brooks, European Industry Marketing Manager - Food & Beverage for Omron, and Keith Thornhill, Business Manager – Food & Beverage at Siemens, as well as academics from Sheffield Hallam University and Lincoln University.

The day will be split into four sessions, each focussing on a key topic and including a panel session with speakers. The sessions are entitled Looking ahead: Future challenges for food engineering, Making the case for Automation, The impact of skills and The Big Engineering and Automation Challenges for Us.

Topics for discussion on the day include:

  • The Future of Manufacturing
  • The 3 stages of robotics in Modern Food production
  • Industry 4.0
  • Joint Industry and Academia Potential
  • Up Skilling your Existing Workforce
  • Funding Automation: Making the Case for Automation
  • Attracting the Right People and Pathways to Engineering
  • Funding Innovation

Speaking ahead of the event, Angela Coleshill, FDF Competitiveness Director, said:

“As we approach a time of increasing economic uncertainty, it is essential that food and drink manufacturers continue to grow levels of productivity by investing in automated technologies and by improving the skill levels of our workforce.

“We're very pleased to be able to welcome so many leading authorities from the world of engineering and academia to our first Engineering and Automation event. The occasion will provide an invaluable platform for attendees to learn more about technologies of the future and how safeguarding a pipeline of talent remains key to ensuring business growth.”

More information

When: 28 February 2017, 09:30-14:30

Where: FDF Offices, 6th Floor, 10 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SL

Book online

Contact Ted Woodward, Corporate Affairs Division, at: ted.woodward@fdf.org.uk, or +44 (0) 20 7420 7140.

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