Wednesday, 02 September 2015

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Potato Congress in Beijing

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Pot...

  North Dakota State Plant Pathologist Dr. Neil Gudmestad was honored at the World Potato Congres...

China makes global commitment to the potato

China makes global commitment to the potato

China's commitment to the potato was very publicly and internationally demonstrated when it hosted t...

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The Potato Association of America held their 99th Annual Meeting during July 19-23, 2015 in the east...

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

  TOMRA’s Common User Interface (CUI), designed by TOMRA Sorting Solutions (TOMRA) and Design Partners...

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato Congress

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato ...

  TOMRA Sorting Food has welcomed two new Chinese customers into the fold during a signing ceremony at...

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

  Over the last four centuries, the potato has come a long way from the American Andes. Since its cult...

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCESS EXPO

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCE...

  The Food Processing Suppliers Association has released the details of four sessions of the education...

The sharp edge of the job

The sharp edge of the job

  Product perfection starts before the processing. It is maintained in the processing plant but only e...

Efficient drying pays off

Efficient drying pays off

  When it comes to drying potatoes, regardless of the type of end product one may have in mind, there ...

McCain Australia has new range of frozen potato wedges

McCain Australia has...

  McCain Australia has recently launched the new wedges ‘...

Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko, partnership for a new plant in China

Tolsma-Grisnich and ...

  Strategic partners Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko recently...

Utz Quality Foods launches Specialty Division

Utz Quality Foods la...

Utz Quality Foods, Inc. has recently announced the culmina...

Potatoes are back on WIC, a nutritional program for women, infants and children in USA

Potatoes are back on...

The National Potato Council (NPC) from USA succeeded to put ...

Exclusive interview with the director of Urschel Laboratories, Inc: The Urschel team is a very strong one

Exclusive interview ...

What began with one man's invention more than 100 years ago ...

4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management

4th Symposium of Pot...

  The 4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management wi...

UK Potato Council says it is a record year for seed potato exports

UK Potato Council sa...

  Seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figure...

Indian Government will procure 6,600 tones of potato from farmers

Indian Government wi...

The State Government announced its decision to procure 6,6...

Company launches a new solution for potato sprouting

Company launches a n...

  BioSafe Systems announces the introduction of ARRET Spr...

Seed Industry Event conference tackles key industry concerns

Seed Industry Event ...

The recent Seed Industry Event, organized by British Potato ...

Unprecedented UK demand for impartial quality automation audits and consultancy has resulted in CenFRA, Europe's first centre for food robotics and automation, receiving a further million pounds investment.

 

The Doncaster knowledge-based business will use the additional money to augment its engineering audit team through the recruitment of additional experienced food engineers. Part of the funding will also be used for providing additional R&D facilities and the financing of increased academic links, to support even more collaborative projects.
Requests for audits since CenFRA's new facility was launched in May 2008 have been at high levels, with enquiries taken from as far afield as the South East and Scotland.
While automation audits are normally free within the Northern Way (Yorkshire, North East and North West), CenFRA has been pleased with the number of food companies outside the North of England who are more than willing to pay a fee for its automation auditing services.
Chairman Michael Taylor says: "CenFRA is delighted to have secured this additional money to fund further front end investment. One of the biggest benefits of the extra funding is that it will allow us to not only meet our primary business plan objectives but also allow us to engage with a far wider base both in terms of customers, suppliers and academia."
Mr Taylor points out that the gestation period between companies expressing an interest and then investing in robotics can be an extended number of months, due to capital investment issues or businesses needing to decide on the amount of automation required.
CenFRA understands this process however and endeavours to maintain an ongoing dialogue to ensure that it does whatever it can to make things happen.
The sizeable one million pounds investment has been made by Yorkshire Forward, whose earlier vision led to the establishment of the company. The work of CenFRA fits neatly with the aim of the regional development agency, which is using where possible existing instruments to help businesses weather the economic storm and to provide a strong platform for future regional growth.

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