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Appetite for Engineering 2019 conference programme has been finalised

20 September 2019

The programme for the annual Appetite for Engineering event will take place on 17th October at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Ansty Park, Coventry, has now been finalised. 

The day will begin at 8.30 when the registration desk opens, giving delegates the opportunity to visit the booths and to start the day with a coffee before the conference kicks off.
At 9.00 the conference will begin with a welcome from our chairman for the day, Chris Buxton, who is CEO and director of the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA). Chris will start the discussion and will talk us through the order of the day.

Keynote presentation: Ian Wright, chief executive at the Food & Drink Federation, will deliver a keynote presentation focusing on the need for closer partnerships throughout the food production supply chain to enable the adoption of new technologies which will help improve productivity and efficiency of the manufacturing process. He may also touch on Brexit!

Presentation 1: Ed Keenan, of Integrated Food Projects, will provide a roundup of some of the most interesting new and developing engineering technologies and will comment on how these technologies might impact food and drink industry engineers and the way food is manufactured in the next five to 10 years.

Presentation 2: Chris Edwards, OBE, head of quality at Müller UK & Ireland, will discuss the 
important role of quality engineering in helping to help avoid the plague of the food industry – the dreaded product recall! 

Automation technology panel debate: In the first of the day’s panel debates, chaired by Andrew MacPherson, national team manager - Food and Beverage Industry at Festo, our panellists will discuss the challenges and opportunities that the use of automation technologies can offer the food production sector. They will draw on their own experiences to pose questions and discuss potential solutions among themselves and with the assembled audience.

The automation technology panellists will include:
• Martin Miller, director of engineering & operations development at Allied Bakeries.
• Nigel Stevens, feasibility design project manager at TSL.
• Chris Edwards, OBE, head of quality at Müller UK & Ireland
• Paul Old, director of group capital and process innovation engineering at Samworth Brothers.

Lunch will be served from 12.15 to 1.15 giving delegates a further opportunity to network and talk with experts on our sponsor booths.

Presentation 3: Jordan Brosnan, an engineering technician at Coca Cola European partners, will talk about the continuous improvement projects that he is working on, with the goal of reducing changeover times, and increasing efficiency and reliability across the plant.  Jordan also acts as a point of contact to operational staff regarding any long-term improvements. The projects undertaken by Jordan and his engineering colleagues at the site, have given the business the confidence to reduce its stock holding quantity from 12 weeks of produce, to as little as three weeks. This saves space in the network and is directly related to the reliability and improvements that have been made to production process.

Presentation 4: Martin Howarth, Professor of Food Engineering at Sheffield Hallam and Nottingham Trent University, will talk about the work currently being undertaken by the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE). He will focus on the Koolmill international partnership project which is looking for a solution to improve rice yields through process improvements and to reduce product waste.

Presentation 5: Lydia Cordice, a process engineer at Mondelez International, will be discussing her interesting route to becoming a process engineer within the food industry.  She will talk about her day to day experiences within Mondelez, and her thoughts on why and how she made the decision to work in the food manufacturing sector. She will offer insight into what the food industry needs to do to encourage more young people like her into the industry and how to keep them there! 

Engineering skills panel debate: Our second panel debate of the day will focus on the issues surrounding food industry engineering skills – our panellists will draw on their own experiences to provide insight for the audience about how they might improve the skillsets of their own workforce and how they might encourage and keep engineers working within the food manufacturing sector. 

Our engineering skills panellists will include:
• Sophie Paveling, multi-skilled engineer at Coca-Cola European Partners
• Nik Watson, learning and staff development specialist at SMC UK.
• Martin Howarth, Professor of Food Engineering at Sheffield Hallam and Nottingham Trent University.
• Sharon Blyfield, HR Business Partner at Coca-Cola European Partners. 

The day will end at around 4.30 with a summary of the day from our chairman. 

If you wish to attend, and have the opportunity and add your voice to the panel debates – audience involvement will be positively encouraged! – please go to to register now.

Finally, anyone wishing to stay with us for the evening – and attend the annual Food Processing Awards at the nearby Doubletree by Hilton Hotel – should contact for further details.

Programme correct at time of going to print. Content is, however, subject to change at the organiser’s discretion.

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