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A4E 2012: Festo is headline sponsor

02 March 2012

Festo, one of the world's leading specialists in the field of pneumatics and hydraulics, will be headline sponsor for Appetite for Engineering to be held at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire on 12 June 2012.

The company, of which Gary Wyles (pictured) is MD, will also be headline sponsor of the associated Food Processing Awards 2012 which will be held on the evening of 12 June.

''Festo has been proud to be involved with Appetite for Engineering over a number of years. We keenly support initiatives that encourage the further development of manufacturing industry in the UK.

''The Appetite conference and annual awards recognise excellence in the food and beverage sector and encourage the deeper application of automation to ensure the sustainability and competitiveness of UK producers. We are therefore very happy to take over as title sponsor and are keen to maintain the excellent support provided previously by Bosch Rexroth.''

Festo is a leading world-wide supplier of automation technology and the performance leader in industrial training and education programs. Our aim: maximised productivity and competitiveness for our customers.

Other sponsors include Ishida Europe, Rittal, Eplan, Werma, Rockwell Automation, and Mitsubishi.

''One thing is certain – automation remains a fast moving sector and there is still much that can be achieved,'' says Ishida Europe. ''That is why Ishida Europe is delighted to continue to support the Appetite for Engineering initiative that gives this innovation-led sector the attention it deserves.''

Appetite for Engineering was launched in 2007 with a mission to drive engineering and automation into the food processing industry. Its theme of "investment in engineering and automation would provide competitive advantage, better productivity and higher profits for food processors". The first event, held in November 2007 at Chesford Grange in Warwick, was a great success.

The 2nd Appetite event was held in February 2009 at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire, and feedback from delegates and sponsors was just as positive. The venue was deemed to be ideal for hosting the event and it was immediately booked for the third Appetite for Engineering conference, which was held on Thursday 29 April 2010.

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