Appetite for Engineering 2019: Reserve your seat now!

28 July 2019

This year’s Appetite for Engineering event will be taking place at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Ansty Park, Coventry, on 17th October. Confirmed presenters include Chris Edwards, OBE, head of quality at Müller UK & Ireland, who will be discussing the important role played by quality engineering to help avoid the plague of the food industry – the dreaded product recall!

The keynote speaker will be Ian Wright, chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation, who will focus the importance of collaboration between processors, retailers and technology providers to accelerate the adoption of automation and digitalisation. This is vital in an industry that currently has automation levels at just 15% of where they really should be. 

Confirmed presenters include Chris Edwards, OBE, head of quality at Müller UK & Ireland, will be at the event, discussing the important role played by quality engineering to help avoid the plague of the food industry – the dreaded product recall! 

Other speakers will be Alexandra Agg, a process engineer at Mondelez International, who will be discussing how energy consumption and carbon footprint reductions have been made possible during chocolate cooling, and  Ed Keenan, head of process at Integrated Food Projects will be looking at some of the latest technology developments that will have an effect on process engineering in the coming years.

Other presentations throughout the day will focus on the importance of the industry’s wider uptake of technology solutions to help combat the growing issues surrounding the availability of manual labour and to help improve productivity figures and increase efficiency. 

A new feature for this year will be our panel debates which will use a ‘Question Time’ format with audience participation being positively encouraged!  The automation panel will include Martin Miller, director of engineering & operations development at Allied Milling & Bakery; John Griffiths, engineering director at Princes Foods; Mark Foster, central engineering manager at Weetabix Food Company; Nigel Stevens, feasibility design project manager at TSL Projects; and Paul Old, director of group capital & process innovation at Samworth Brothers. They will be giving their views on all things relating to the adoption of technology, automation, and the smart food factory.

Confirmed panellists for the engineering skills debate include Sophie Paveling and Sharon Blyfield of Coca-Cola European Partners, Nik Watson, learning and staff development specialist at SMC UK, and Martin Howarth, professor of Food Engineering at Sheffield Hallam and Nottingham Trent University. 

If you wish to join us at the event and to make your voice heard during the debate it is important to register now to ensure you reserve your seat at the event CLICK HERE.


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