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MTC joins the FDF to help speed up technology adoption

08 January 2018

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has joined the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in a bid to speed up technology adoption in the sector to help reduce its reliance on manual labour. 

The food and drink sector is vital to the UK economy which was recognised in the government's Industrial Strategy white paper, which announced the establishment of a Food and Drink Sector Council.  

This is further backed up by the Made Smarter Industrial Digitalisation Review, which estimated that the food and drink industry could add an additional £55bn to the economy over the next decade through improved digitalisation alone.

Commenting on the news, Matt Rayment, who heads up food and drink in the MTC’s emerging markets, said: “This professional affiliation gives us greater credibility within the industry and offers us an opportunity to engage with food and drink businesses. The sector is aware it needs to enhance its productivity and embrace technology, which was a key message at the recent Appetite for Engineering conference (www.appetite4eng.co.uk) at the MTC.  

“We have worked with the FDF already, supporting its 2017 Convention and assisting with the creation of its industry white paper. Becoming a member was the next logical step as it is our ‘go-to’ group when it comes to the food and drink sector.”  

Rayment believes that there are issues within the food production industry that the MTC can help solve. “Assisting the sector is part of a wider strategy within the High-Value Manufacturing Catapult,” he said.  “There is a need to embrace and engage in Industry 4.0 and bring in technology that will improve food science, food production and also deal with the issue of food waste, which is high on the political agenda. We are already working with the likes of Sainsbury’s, Unilever, Greencore and Crown along with technology experts like Siemens and Beckhoff. The aim for us is to bring their expertise and ours to the table.”


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