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UK bid to become additive manufacturing leader 17/10/2017

A new initiative to bring the benefits of additive manufacturing (AM) to more industries and to establish the UK as a world leader in the field, has been launched by AM UK.

AM UK is an independent, government-backed collaboration, which has been at the forefront of developing this technology for wider application across industry sectors. Additive manufacturing is a method of making production parts and products directly from design data, building accurate components by adding layers of material to obtain the final shape with minimal waste and no expensive dedicated tooling. It enables radical product re-design and creates new material properties.

AM UK’s new National Strategy will bring together industry, academia, government and finance bodies to provide a single ‘go-to’ place to access independent information and latest research, which will help support the strategy’s development, dissemination and implementation.

Additive manufacturing expert, Dr. Paul Unwin, has been appointed as Chairman of AM UK to drive this mission and ensure the UK maximises from the great potential of this ground-breaking technology for its industries.

Often referred to as 3D printing, additive manufacturing is a truly transformational cross-sectoral technology that is having a disruptive impact on design and manufacturing; and on company location and business models. It has the capacity to – and is already – revolutionising businesses and capabilities globally by providing a radically new method of production, enabling new and better designs to be realised at lower cost with enhanced productivity and greater sustainability.

UK among global leaders

Paul Unwin explains: “The UK is among the global leaders in knowledge and successful application of additive manufacturing and AM UK has been at the forefront of developing its vast capabilities. AM has the potential to transform how and where manufacturing is done across a wide range of industrial sectors and global markets. It enables us to do things with devices that have never been done before; beyond the early adopters such as aerospace, automotive and defence, which have seen the biggest impact.

“The UK currently only captures 5% share of a worldwide market that was worth £3.59 billion in 2015. As this global market grows, it is vital that the UK gains ground. With this technology at a point where it can really take off, the opportunities for commercial gain are out there. It is estimated that the UK can win up to 8% or £5bn of this rapidly growing global market, forecast to reach £69bn by 2025. This will have a strong effect on protecting existing jobs (60,000 by 2020) while also generating new employment.

“The new AM UK National Strategy aims to provide a means for achieving increased global market share and believes that AM will see exponential growth as the barriers are overcome.

“The UK is well placed to take full advantage of this rapidly expanding market. We are already at the forefront of the advancements in AM and already a global force in advanced materials, technology, life sciences and high value manufacturing,” added Dr. Unwin. “The UK is also equipped with a strong capability in universities, Catapults and R&D organisations.

“The UK government sees encouraging innovation as a key priority for helping our economy to grow. It has already supported research into AM with over £200m of funding over the last five years; a vital investment which will help us to reshore services that have already disappeared overseas.
“Until now, the supply chain process has been extremely frustrating. This is fundamental to the AM UK National Strategy. Although UK research and innovation in this technology is absolutely top flight, we haven’t had the supply chain, so many designers have found solutions abroad. The AM UK National Strategy aims to enable more to be done here. The strategy considers the entire supply chain, with efforts focussed on producing the most effective outcome that will see a transformation in the way businesses operate.”

Additive manufacturing will revolutionise businesses globally by providing a radically new method of production, enabling new and better designs to be realised at lower cost with enhanced productivity and greater sustainability.

“This strategy is about communication; that AM is here to stay, well-proven and will make a huge difference,” explained Dr. Unwin. “Our primary focus is on the high value manufacturing sector; to help this key group of companies and industries to move on by understanding the diversity of AM applications.

Upskilling the workforce

“One theme we will be focussing on is upskilling the workforce,” added Dr. Unwin. “Integrating AM into manufacturing is not easy, and a huge cost. AM has been the most exciting change-maker in medical technology, but we need more facilities around the UK to try out AM to realise its huge potential. The skills base is crucial. We need to equip our designers and engineers across the spectrum with the skills they require to take AM forward in order to catch up with the rest of the world and establish more UK businesses as major players in the global market.

“There are currently a small number of well-trained, experienced AM experts who are leading the way. We need our students of today – and those of tomorrow – to grow up with the knowledge of this technology if we are to really make headway.

“The High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and specifically the National Centre for AM – hosted by the Manufacturing Technology Centre (The MTC) can help industry to exploit the competitive advantage to be gained by using this technology with the help of AM UK. The collaboration will develop a strong network of additive experts in the UK to support knowledge transfer and create a showcase for additive manufacturing to demonstrate how well it works in practice. It will also identify any barriers in technology or the market to break them down.

“As we head into Brexit, additive manufacturing can make a real change in the UK and we will be devising the training and education programmes needed to provide the additive manufacturing engineers of the future.”

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Latest technologies on show 08/06/2017

Taking place on 6th and 7th July at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena, the Manufacturing & Engineering North East exhibition and conference provides an opportunity for industry professionals to meet, talk and discover the latest technologies.

The event comprises keynote conference sessions from industry, leading speakers, case study workshop sessions, and an exhibition of more than 90 machinery, equipment and service providers.

Conference sessions will focus on opportunities for growth in the North East and future manufacturing technology. Hitachi Rail will open the conference by explaining how it developed a four year blueprint for building the fully operational site at Newton Aycliffe. With a resurgence of manufacturing industries in the region, IMechE will examine how that growth is making a difference to the economy regionally and nationally.

Visitors will hear from the founder of Ford Aerospace about how diversification has enabled the company to continue to grow. The Manufacturing Technology Centre will highlight the opportunities and challenges of additive manufacturing, and the AMRC’s head of the Factory 2050 project will be discussing the 4th industrial revolution and what it will mean for UK manufacturers.

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Food for thought 06/02/2017

When it comes to productivity, food and drink is one of the few UK sectors that has a positive story to tell. IPE takes a look at some of the developments that will help maintain this advantage and ensure the industry remains competitive

If you regularly shop in supermarkets and keep an eye on the amount you spend, the chances are that you will have recently noticed the effects of inflation creeping into your checkout transaction as the weaker pound results in higher cost for manufacturers. And while at the moment the increased prices seem unavoidable – the sector has been warning that prices will have to go up since the Brexit vote triggered Sterling depreciation – there is plenty of work going on behind the scenes which will potentially help to counteract this, and indeed address other challenges faced by the food and drink sector.

Providing in excess of 400,000 direct jobs and predicted by the Food & Drink Federation to require almost 110,00 new recruits by 2022, the sector in the UK accounts for almost 16% of total manufacturing turnover (£81.8bn), and has doubled exports over ten years to £12.8bn in 2014. The gross value added to the economy by the food and drinks sector is £21.9bn, nearly equating to automotive and aerospace combined, and of the approximately 6,620 businesses it is made up of, 96% are micro to medium-sized. In contrast to the rest of the economy, UK food and drink productivity has increased by 11% over the last five years compared to an overall UK productivity increase of 0.5%.

UK food and drink productivity has increased by 11% over the last five years compared to an overall UK productivity increase of 0.5%

Helping the food and drink sector in the UK and worldwide stay ahead of the game  National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering at Sheffield Hallam, headed up by director, Dr Martin Howarth, has a remit to address the challenges faced by the food and drink industry by developing innovative engineering solutions and supporting the development of critical skills. Broadly, work at the centre comes under one of two functions: an educational agenda, and collaborative innovation and R&D.

“The centre is set up to work with the Food & Drink Federation and partners - which include Mars, Nestle UK and Warburtons to name a few – to develop innovation in engineering solutions to provide capability and competitiveness, delivering a new breed of engineers that can come in and support the sector in taking the necessary steps forward,” says Dr Howarth.

To deliver on the educational agenda, there is a suite of courses taking students through to become qualified engineers. The MEng in Food Engineering, the first such programme in the UK, has been designed by the food sector with support from the centre at Hallam. Dr Howarth also points to work that is being done to ensure students on mechanical and chemical engineering courses are fully aware of the opportunities that are available with the food and drink sector.

“By undertaking a placement within the food sector and taking some specific modules that give them some greater expertise around food processing, students will be more attractive to and more appropriate for the sector,” he says.

From September there will also be the opportunity for students to embark on a degree apprenticeship scheme, giving them the ability to earn while they learn.

Case studies

Complementing the educational side of its work, the centre has already established what Dr Howarth describes as a great reputation within the sector for being able to deliver in collaborative R&D, which encompasses projects with manufacturers, equipment providers and IT systems providers.

In one example, the centre has worked with Humberside-based William Jackson Food Group to find cost effective ways of recovering the waste heat generated by ovens used in baking operations. Principally covering work based around heat exchanger plates and thermo fluids that form part of the heat exchanger mechanism, the project has involved developing refrigerants to be more efficient and resistant to debris build up from waste coming up through the heat stack.

“It’s interesting that this technology originated from a student at the university,” says Dr Howarth. “It started out as a student’s piece of work, which then went on to a knowledge transfer partnership, and has now developed into this much larger project at William Jackson.”

Another heat exchanger challenge has been addressed, this time at Nestle York’s Kit Kat production facility, where around 65% of energy was being lost from the oven. The solution has come in the form of recycling the lost energy back into the oven by preheating it with an incoming airstream. Substantial savings in fuel consumption are predicted, typically translating, says Dr Howarth, into savings of around £50k per year for each installation – the York facility has four ovens and there are three additional sites around Europe of the similar size, so as well as monetary savings, the reduced CO2 emissions are also notable.

Substantial savings in fuel consumption are predicted, typically translatinginto savings of around £50k per year for each installation

A further project with Nestle, this time at its milk processing plant in Dalston, Cumbria, addresses the challenges arising from the way that the characteristics and properties of milk varies from farm to farm, and also throughout the season. As the protein levels and fat content, in particular the free fatty acids within the milk, change it impacts on the process control of equipment delivering milk powder as an output.

“We are undertaking an in-depth analysis of the milk components and its composition to understand its integration with the process,” says Dr Howarth. “In other words what the factory is trying to do is to fine tune the process so that it’s much more energy efficient, much more productive and is significantly reducing waste generated.”

Connectivity trends

In common with all sectors, there is little doubt that key strategic themes such as quality, sustainability, flexibility, resilience, efficiency and safety can all be addressed to some extent or other using automation. For example, Mitsubishi Electric’s Jeremy Shinton cites automation and increased connectivity as a means of boosting productivity, eliminating the inconsistencies that inevitably result from manual control adjustments, reducing the costs associated with intensive manual operations, and increasing overall efficiency.

Increasingly, trends in connectivity are focused on bringing myriad sensors and field devices into the network. Intelligent sensor networks integrate the likes of fluid sensors, RFID, optoelectronic safety devices, distance and proximity sensors, and bar code scanners, delivering huge amounts of data into the control system and higher level business systems.

This is entering the realm of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT). M2M/IoT connectivity within food processing plants is increasingly over Ethernet, as more and more smart devices are developed with their own IP addresses, but it might also come over wireless GSM standards, or it might integrate legacy RS232 or HART devices through Ethernet gateways.

IoT connectivity within food processing plants is increasingly over Ethernet, as more and more smart devices are developed with their own IP addresses

Widely distributed intelligence and remote sensors generating lots of information, linked over open standard protocols, form a digital nervous system within the food plant. This networked digital data can then be combined into bi-directional systems that integrate data, people, processes and systems for better decision making.

Industrial PCs

According to Distec, pressure on plant managers to cut costs and drive efficiency means that commercial-grade computers are often chosen for use in food applications that firmly require industrial computers designed specifically for the challenges of the sector.

The problem is that commercial-grade computers are designed for dry, office, environments where they will typically run for under ten hours a day and use forced convection to cool the machine through built-in vents if it gets hot.

In comparison, industrial plants — whether they are processing and packaging raw meat or washing fruit and vegetables — are wet, temperature-controlled, continuous production environments where industrial computers can be expected to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Add to this the fact that equipment in many food applications like abattoirs, fish and poultry packaging, needs to be washed-down with high-pressure washers to prevent the build up of organic matter on surfaces, choosing a computer with a sufficient level of ingress protection and one that is made of rustproof and easy to clean materials is vital.

Industrial buyers should choose PCs where the ergonomic design features include screens without bezels and touchscreen inputs that can be used with gloves. This eliminates the need for a keyboard and mouse. If manual inputs are needed then opting for a fully enclosed PC with ingress protection, capable of withstanding prolonged use and high levels of vibration and shock is vital.

Choosing a computer with a sufficient level of ingress protection and one that is made of rustproof and easy to clean materials is vital

Users that need dedicated networking and connectivity options in addition to wireless connections should choose PCs that offer integrated PCI expansion network cards sealed within the unit with gland plates to prevent ingress. When attaching devices like scanners and printers it's important to ensure that the wires and connectors are also sealed and ingress rated.

Unified control

Space limitations and other constraints dictated by existing equipment can be the cause of many challenges when it comes to automation in the food and drink sector. Supplier of meat products, ready meals and delicatessen items to Swedish and Danish markets, Atria has chosen an integrated and compact robotic cell co-engineered by Omron and Case-Link to replace manual crate-packing, helping quadruple operational speeds while working within the physical restrictions of legacy systems.

The solution needed to take SRS (Swedish Return System) plastics crates from an existing overhead conveyor and load them with packaged meat from a separate infeed.

The Case-Link/Omron partnership won the contract against four other bidders. “All the other suppliers proposed two different machines: one to handle the SRS crates and another to package the products,” says Omron field application engineer Ulf Svensson. “But our proposal integrates the crate-handling into our single machine.”

Importantly, controls for the elevator bringing crates down from the high-level conveyor are also integrated into the controls for the robotic pick-and-place unit.

In fact, the graphical user interface (GUI) not only brings together all of the cell’s networked vision, control, robot safety, I/O and server activities in a single display, but it also simplifies start-up and trouble-shooting.

The operator simply selects a product from a menu and presses the ‘start’ or ‘stop’ button as required. In the event of an alarm or malfunction, the GUI displays a graphic of the machine, highlighting the zone which requires attention. In addition, Omron’s built-in trouble-shooter provides explanations of any error codes which helps to reduce downtime.

Each cell combines a Delta robot with four standard G5 servo drives, Omron’s Sysmac automation platform, an NJ controller and an NS8 human-machine interface (HMI), among other features. It uses EtherCAT as the fieldbus system.

The integral FH Vision system plays a critical role – or in fact multiple roles, calculating product co-ordinates and orientation for the robot but also carrying out a series of quality checks. These include determining: whether the pack contains product; whether the product is displayed correctly; whether the label is correct; and whether the label carries a barcode.

100% food derived

NSK has developed what is report to be the world´s first grease lubricant that is 100% derived from food grade ingredients. The development represents a breakthrough for any plants where machinery, production equipment or devices come into contact with foods, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics. Furthermore, the new H3G grease is ideal for any application that is suited to the lubricant´s additional strengths of water resistance and low torque.

Typical applications range from food machinery such as shakers, fillers, centrifugal separators, bottling machines and conveyors, through to pharmaceutical, cosmetics and medical process devices, including pumps. Importantly, the environmentally friendly grease conforms to the highest international standards for safety regarding products that may come into accidental contact with food.

From an environmental perspective, the grease is naturally biodegradable and produces no toxic waste, making it both non-polluting and fully sustainable.

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Steamcrackers will be gradually restarted at BASF 20/10/2016

Three killed in BASF chemical plant explosion in Germany.

Following an intensive assessment of the safety status and in close coordination with the Southern Structure and Licensing Directorate (Struktur- und Genehmigungsdirektion Süd), both steamcrackers at BASF in Ludwigshafen will be gradually restarted over the next few days. During the restart process, excess gases will be burned off through flaring. In the early hours of October 20, 2016 and over the next few days, this will most likely result in flaring and increased noise in the northern part of the site.

Both steamcrackers were shut down as a result of a fire in the North Harbor on October 17, 2016, due to the interruption in raw material supply. As a result, additional Verbund plants in the ethylene and propylene value chains were shut down or production reduced. In total, 24 plants have been shut down, including both steamcrackers, due to the fire. Some of the plants were able to continue producing using existing raw material inventory.

BASF is currently preparing an alternative naphtha supply for the steamcrackers via the harbor on Friesenheim Island. This supply is decoupled from the incident area. When the steamcrackers are started up, most of the affected plants will also be gradually restarted or will increase production over the next few days.

The fire damaged various pipelines including those for externally purchased raw materials. Therefore, BASF has declared Force Majeure for the purchase of naphtha, ethylene and propylene.

Currently, various measures are being evaluated to minimize the impact on customer deliveries. BASF is in close contact with its customers to keep them informed about the current availability of products.

Status of logistics
The North Harbor is currently not operational. The riverside harbor, the harbor on Friesenheim Island and the tank farms are functional. Fluids can be handled at the harbor on Friesenheim Island. At the river harbor fluids and solids can be handled.

Gate 15 is currently closed. Trucks that arrive at the site should drive to the parking area of the sewage plant. There they will receive further instructions from BASF employees and will be forwarded to gates 12, 11 and 6 for dispatch.  

The intermodal transport terminal is currently closed for safety reasons. The facility is not damaged and can be accessed after being cleared. The railway system was also not damaged by the incident. The train service on-site is available. The incoming and outgoing rail traffic is being handled via the southern exit, since the northern exit is currently closed due to safety reasons. The passenger traffic between the Ludwigshafen main station and the site is available.

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Helical geared motor released 21/04/2016

ABM Greiffenberger expands product program with single stage helical gearboxes and a new medium line of motors.

The new ABM Greiffenberger single stage helical geared motors excel with outstanding energy efficiency, are maintenance free and designed for long life. Additionally, the drive technology specialist complements his well know premium line of motors with a new medium series with basic options and standard features that are well suited for applications such as pumps, air compressors and more.

Helical geared motors are the most commonly used industrial gear units. They increase the motor torque and reduce the speed meeting the needs of a specific application. Single stage gearboxes from ABM Greiffenberger provide many benefits.  High quality helical gearing assure quiet operation and long life. They are very efficient and save energy cost. 

The motor- and gearbox housings are made from aluminum and very light. This allows easy handling and installation without exertion. Aluminum is highly corrosion resistant and special painting for rust protection is not required. Thanks to variable mounting positions the compact but flexible drive systems is easily integrated into different design machine concepts. Another important feature is the extended bearing clearance increasing the maximum allowable radial forces and optimum performance. Single stage ABM geared motors are very robust and virtually maintenance free. They are available as medium and premium line.

ABM Greiffenberger offers its new medium line of motors with comprehensive standard features. In combination with gearboxes they will be supplied as 4-pole motors. The motor housing is aluminum die cast and especially solid. The medium line is fully enclosed and fan cooled – the fan is mounted directly on the motor shaft. The premium line offers more flexibility and options for temperature control. Depending on the application the motor can be engineered to operate without fan cooling or if the duty cycle is more severe an optional electric fan can be added. ABM offers the medium line as AC induction motors. 

Very different with the premium line; in addition to the 3-phase AC induction motor versions they are available in single phase execution or for use in textile machines or warehouse logistics systems as Sinochron motors. This line offers much higher flexibility with a comprehensive list of available options. The motor housing for two, four, six or even eight pole motors is an extruded aluminum design thus allowing easily to realize different motor outputs and variable housing lengths.

Per customer request ABM offers the premium line with a holding or working brake. The premium line motors offer flexible connection technology, e.g. power cable with connector or junction box integrated connectors. Depending on available space of an application either one can be selected. Even an option for hazardous location use is available and also encoders can be easily mounted. The output from both motor lines in combination with gearboxes range from 0.18 to 11 kW, the output torque of the single stage gearboxes covers a range from 40 to 350 Nm.

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TVR to invest in South Wales plant 30/03/2016

Resurgent British sports car maker, TVR, has announced its new production facility will be located in the Ebbw Vale Enterprise Zone in South Wales.

The Welsh Government will also invest in the car maker, further enhancing this exciting manufacturing project which represents over £30 million of capital expenditure over the next five years.

With uncertainty mounting over Tata Steel's UK operations, the deal represents good news for UK manufacturing and for South Wales.

The contracts to locate the new TVR factory in Wales were signed on the 18th March and the deal was officially announced by Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, during a press conference this morning. Currently, TVR is looking at several specific options for the precise location of the factory, the outcome of which will be the subject of a separate announcement in the coming weeks.

Les Edgar, Chairman of TVR said: “This is a fantastic opportunity both for TVR and the Welsh Government. South Wales is becoming a major hub for automotive and motorsport technology and development and the area is a serious opportunity for business development and job creation. We have a sports car project that has garnered global approval and excitement, and we are delighted that the Welsh government wish to become a part of an exciting new era for TVR.”

The First Minister said: “This is yet another fantastic high profile investment for Wales and a great boost for our automotive sector. TVR is another iconic and much loved, world-class brand that still commands a strong and loyal international following. I am delighted the next generation of TVRs will proudly bear the label Made in Wales.”

“Today’s news follows hot on the heels of the Aston Martin announcement and sends out a strong, clear message that Wales is the location of choice for advanced manufacturing. It also illustrates that our pro-business approach is delivering results, attracting significant investment and creating high quality jobs and it is another huge boost for Wales, for our automotive sector and for our skilled workforce.”

The new TVR project, which was announced in early 2015, has already secured in excess of 350 deposits for the fantastic new launch edition car, which features innovative design and styling that maintains the distinctive TVR DNA, but also includes F1 inspired, ground-effect technology. The chassis and body has been designed by Gordon Murray of Gordon Murray Design Ltd. and will be the first production car to be manufactured using their revolutionary iStream assembly process. Power is provided by a Cosworth tuned and enhanced V8 engine. The Welsh factory will be busy fulfilling orders that already run through to the end of 2018.

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Scotland establishes manufacturing centre for excellence 15/02/2016

The establishment of a joint Centre of Excellence for Manufacturing and Skills Academy has been announced by the Scottish First Minister.

The Centre, which will act as a hub for continuous innovation to ensure Scotland remains a sustainable and competitive place to do business, will form part of a new action plan to boost manufacturing.

A Manufacturing Future for Scotland – a Programme for Government commitment – will outline how government will work with industry and higher and further education institutions to deliver new initiatives that stimulate innovation, improve productivity and increase investment in the Scottish manufacturing sector in order that it can better compete globally.

This will include the establishment of a new joint Centre for Manufacturing Excellence and Skills Academy to provide businesses with access to expert services, advanced demonstrator facilities and training programmes focused on innovative manufacturing. It will also help to address anticipated demand for skills by promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and improving engagement between industry and education.

Working to achieve a sustainable future for manufacturing in Scotland, the Scottish Government, Enterprise Agencies and other public bodies will also;

• Assist companies to assess the benefits of investing in advanced manufacturing technologies and equipment
• Create momentum for more industry-led innovation and encourage and support more manufacturing businesses to invest in product, process, service and workplace innovation
• Support manufacturing SMEs to keep pace with technology and process development by working in partnership with industry to deliver a Smarter Manufacturing Excellence Programme

Speaking ahead of a visit to Glenhead Engineering in Clydebank later today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“There should be no doubt about the importance of our manufacturing industry - which employs around 190,000 people in Scotland - to our future success.

“This Plan will reaffirm our commitment to grow and invest in the sector and to ensure its long-term competitive future. We will outline ways to help businesses better access, exploit and keep pace with new technologies and opportunities, further support Scottish companies to achieve supply chain excellence, and promote innovation. These actions will enable the sector to improve productivity and business performance, providing a better long-term future and enabling it to compete internationally.”

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BPMA announces new President 14/12/2015

Peter Reynolds, managing director of Grundfos Pumps is the new President of the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA).

The role was officially passed on at the recent BPMA Annual General Meeting, where Andy Ratcliffe, managing director of KSB Pumps, completed his two-year tenure and graciously handed the baton onto his successor.

Steve Schofield, Director and Chief Executive of the BPMA commented, “This is a great accolade and one that reflects the continuing efforts that Peter makes to raise the profile of the industry in general and to tackle the tough issues that it faces today. The BPMA has enjoyed the support and engagement of some very talented people at its helm over the years, including of course Andy Ratcliffe, and we are delighted to have Peter join that impressive line-up. I look forward to working with him as we continue to drive the association forward”.  

Peter’s presidency coincides with the 75th Anniversary of the BPMA, and when asked to comment, Peter said, “Being elected as President of the BPMA is a great honour; one which has been heightened by the added good fortune of my term in office coinciding with its 75th Anniversary”. He added, “We have a number of activities planned to mark our 75 years of endeavour on behalf of the UK pump industry, and I look forward to an exciting and productive year ahead”.

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World demand for food processing machinery expected to rise to $73bn in 2019 22/07/2015

Global demand for food processing machinery is projected to advance 7.6 percent per annum to $73 billion in 2019.

Growth will be driven by industrialising nations, where strong consumer demand for processed foods is emerging. These and other trends are presented in World Food Processing Machinery, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

In developing economies, rising personal incomes will result in a dietary shift to more processed foods which will generate related processing machinery demand. In response to the demand for more processed foods, numerous food and beverage firms in developing areas will transition from manual to mechanical food processing in order to increase output and develop new products.  China alone is projected to account for nearly 40 percent of all new food processing machinery demand through 2019.

Although Western Europe’s food processing machinery market is forecast to advance at a below-average pace through 2019, the region is still expected to post significant gains. According to analyst Gleb Mytko, "sales of processing equipment are expected to rebound in several West European countries, including France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The replacement of older equipment will be a major driver of growth.” In addition, changing consumer preferences in Western Europe will encourage food and beverage firms to develop new products and invest in new processing equipment.  

North America is projected to record weak food processing machinery sales growth through 2019. After a period of rapid gains, product demand in the US is expected to advance only 2.2 percent per year between 2014 and 2019. A significant portion of older equipment in use in the US was replaced in recent years. Food processing machinery sales growth in Canada and Mexico, on the other hand, is expected to accelerate.
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