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Precision engineering firm appoints first female MD, Jo Davis





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        


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  ABB COLUMN 2020 VISION WITH ROBOTS


As Christmas fades away into a distant memory, food manufacturers across the country are looking ahead to 2020 seasonal demands, such as Mother’s Day and Easter. 80 million Easter eggs are sold every


year in the UK, showing no signs that the celebration is slowing down. To keep up with the industry boom during these busy periods, UK food manufacturers should ensure they’re running a flexible and effective production process, not only to keep up with larger quantities of products but also cater for special dietary requirements. In January we saw the ever-growing participation of


‘Veganuary’, where more than 350,000 individuals signed up to become vegan for one month in January - a massive increase of 100,000 people from 2019 . The growing trend and lifestyle inspired leading fast-food restaurants such as KFC and McDonald’s to offer vegan- friendly products on its menus. This is a classic example of giant food brands responding to the need for diversification in the market. Other UK food manufacturers can easily follow suit. Many manufacturers are adapting production, using


robots to cater for veganism and other dietary requirements. Panda Confectionary in Finland makes vegan liquorice and supplies many UK supermarkets. It’s production facility in Denmark uses collaborative robots to package pick and mix products, leading to higher productivity and greater adaptability. In today’s unpredictable market, with alternative products continually being introduced, UK food manufacturers have much to gain from following this example. Having an ethical and sustainable brand is also of


growing importance as more and more of us become environmentally conscientious; using robots can help deliver sustainability in 2020. With many businesses looking to become more eco-friendly, both manufacturers and retailers can use robots to perform highly repetitive tasks in a logistics environment. Additionally, by implementing such technology to its distribution centres, the Coop Group has drastically reduced carbon dioxide emissions by more than 10,000 tons a year. Whatever the industry, having clear 20/20 vision in


2020 and exploring the benefits of robotic automation, flexibility, sustainability and productivity can be achieved. Growing with robots has never been so simple.


Nigel Platt LBL manager UK and Ireland – ABB Robotics





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