Gulfood 2018

What to expect at Gulfood Manufacturing 2018

By Matthew Carr

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Matthew Carr shares his prediction for Gulfood 2018
Matthew Carr shares his prediction for Gulfood 2018
Ahead of this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing conference in Dubai, Matthew Carr, client solutions director at food and drink capital investment specialist Integrated Food Projects, shares his predictions for the show, exclusively to Food Manufacture.

With businesses and experts from over 60 countries showcasing and discussing the latest trends in food and beverage manufacturing, the Gulfood Manufacturing trade show is one of the key dates in our calendar for 2018.

Innovation is flourishing across the food industry globally and, at this world-class event, we expect to see a lot of emerging trends and advances that will likely go on to shape the industry over the coming years. Computers and automation will come together in an entirely new way as we enter Industry 4.0.

Automation a key driver

This show is likely to reflect that trend as automation continues to be a key driver for manufacturers. The introduction of the ‘smart factory’ will soon see cyber-physical systems monitor the physical processes of the factory and make decentralised decisions.

I would also expect physical systems to start to become part of the ‘Internet of Things’, communicating and cooperating both with each other and with humans in real-time via the wireless web.

We are seeing many more businesses beginning to adopt this technology, and this will only increase in the future, as they seek out as many ways of making processes more efficient and as cost-effective as possible.


For many UK manufacturers, this show will provide an insight into the practical application of this shift to a new way of operating, and will signpost the direction for years to come.

There is certainly a lot to be learnt at Gulfood Manufacturing, and we will have all of the insights and exclusives from the show following the event on Food Manufacture​. If you are attending the show, come and see us on stand B7-38.

For further details about Integrated Food Projects, visit their website. 

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