Digital innovation driving Foodex 2018

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Digital innovation will be a focus at this year's Foodex
Digital innovation will be a focus at this year's Foodex
Foodex 2018 is set to help food manufacturers embrace the digital revolution with a packed line-up of speakers.

Taking place from 16-18 April 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, this year’s show will give visitors access to the latest insights into the factories of the future, tomorrow’s technological innovations and the top trends affecting today’s manufacturing industries.

Matthew Rayment, technical manager – food and beverage, FMCG, The Manufacturing Technologies Centre, will be joined by David Parkinson, senior engineering leader, Royal Haskoning DHV; John Darlington, head of department at the University of Buckingham; Sam Payne, local segment manager, Weidmüller; and Andrew Aitkin, chief operating officer at Lanner. They will discuss how businesses can transition to a place where digital technology will empower manufacturers to respond to customers’ needs in real time.

The Industrial Internet of Things will also be under the spotlight in a session that will explore the opportunity presented by technology to super-charge supply chains in today’s hyper-connected world. Safety, traceability and authenticity will be among the topics explored as the panel assesses the challenges and opportunities presented by the next generation of game-changing technologies. The session will be led by representatives from GE Digital Europe, Russia & CIS, Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation, Stratus Technologies, Siemens and the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering.

The future of automation and robotics will also be explored by Mike Wilson, UK & Ireland business development manager, ABB Robotics and British Automation & Robot Association president. He will be joined by Dr Andrea Paoli, senior lecturer and programme leader, School of Engineering, University of Lincoln; Simon Rune Sorensen, chief operating officer, DAN-Palletiser; Alan Ellis, engineering and technology director, Coca-Cola European Partners; Steve Barraclough, chief executive, Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors; and Terry Fennell, chief executive, Food and Drink Qualifications.

The show will also have sessions exploring food safety, supply chain performance, the latest global food safety rules on cleaning tools and how to mitigate cyber risks.

Foodex is co-located with Food & Drink Expo, National Convenience Show, Farm Shop & Deli Show, as well as William Reed’s brand new event, The Ingredients Show.

To register for Foodex 2018, please visit

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