Industry bodies are to stage a workshop in a bid to encourage greater take up of robotics in the UK food and drink processing sectors.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) will be co-hosting the members-only event with the British Automation and Robotics Association (BARA).
The session is part of a Government-led programme to promote greater investment in robotic and automation technology in the UK food sector. Attendees will be able to benefit from impartial advice on introducing appropriate systems, said the FDF.
Close the gap
In 2010, a study found that take up of the technology in the UK lagged behind that of European counterparts. Lack of knowledge and skills, plus an aversion to risk, were cited as key factors behind the difference in take-up, particularly among smaller manufacturers.
“Though UK food and drink manufacturers are already major users of robot applications – we still need to close the gap with our rivals in the rest of Europe if we are to realise our growth potential,” said Terry Jones of the FDF.
He added: “Such technology may not be right for every company, but it is clearly an important area to promote as we look to boost the competitiveness of UK manufacturing."
The workshop takes place on Thursday 10 November 2011, 2.30-5.00pm at Coca Cola Enterprises in Edmonton, London.