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The Future of Food and Drink Manufacturing

This webinar will provide insight into the technologies that are accessible to industry to assist in the growth and development for Smarter Food Factories in the Future.

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The UK Food & Drink Manufacturing sector is entering a new phase, where sustainability, automation, robotics, and innovation is upper most in processors and consumers plans. Developing new and innovative ways of production will be key. This webinar will provide insight to the technologies that are accessible to industry, through working with leading expertise, developing talent and the ability to access to funding to assist in the growth and development, for Smarter Food Factories in the Future.

Scheduled sessions

10.30 - 10.40: Introduction and welcome

10.40 - 11.00: Janet Bellamy, National Centre for Food Manufacturing - Smart Factory – Creating, delivering and funding Flexible manufacturing solutions

11.00 - 11.20: Robert Unsworth, GEA Refrigeration - Heat recovery via heat pumps to save money, save the planet

11.20 - 11.40: Rosie Smith, the Bank of England's Agent for the East Midlands - Topical economic update for food & drink businesses

11.40 - 12.00: Q&A session


Fully Funded Programme Support For SMEs

UEZ Fund Programme - Masterclass series

This Masterclass is brought to you as part of the University Enterprise Zone (UEZ) Fund Programme that is being delivered by the National Centre for Food Manufacturing. The programme is funded by Research England.

Greater Lincolnshire Agri-food Innovation Platform (GLAFIP)

There will be an opportunity to find out more about GLAFIP, a European Regional Development Fund Project (ERDF) which aims to support agri-food businesses and their supply chains in the Greater Lincolnshire LEP area, in the innovation of products, processes, and services.

Increased Competitiveness Through Efficient Man and Machine Collaboration (COTEMACO)

This programme is financed by Interreg North-West Europe to encourage SMEs to implement collaborative robotics and digital technologies. Through a support programme, the aim is to encourage 60 SMEs from the automotive and food industry to use factory labs to develop their knowledge of new technologies in a realistic setting.

For any questions or for more information on these programmes please email

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26/11/2020 10:30 - 12:00

Category: Manufacturing

Organised by:
The University of Lincoln