At Food Tech 2006, a symposium organized by Automation Industry Association of India (AIA), leading Indian and international experts from the Food & Beverage sector and Automation specialists emphasized the increasing role of Industrial Automation technologies in helping Indian companies raise standards and become more globally competitive.
Calling for 'early adoption', to cater to the burgeoning domestic middle class and a growing export requirement, the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Subodh Kant Sahai, commented, "The relevance of Food Tech 2006 needs to be viewed in the light of enormous opportunity that global technology provides to India's food processing industry." He stressed on the need to move fast in adopting technologies.
In his opening remarks, J.P. Singh, President AIA said, "The Food & Beverage Industry has been declared as a 'priority sector' and is amongst the fastest growing sectors in India today. Given the enormous demand potential, changing socio-cultural complexion and inherent agricultural strengths of India, the food & beverage industry has a golden opportunity to leverage automation technologies and attain global standards. As bigger players optimize economies of scale it is equally important for small scale sector to adopt modern technologies in order to attain better quality standards and establish a strong imprint of Brand India."
The event attracted 100 delegates. The deliberations brought out the important role automation technologies play in enhancing quality, productivity, safety and consistency. Presentations from industry leaders and users of Automation technologies, such as Nestle, NDDB, KRBL, HLL, UB and EID Parry highlighted value of industrial automation to manufacturers of Milk, Milk Products, Rice, Beverages, Sugar and other food items. AIA welcomes your suggestions for partnership in enhancing the competitiveness of the Food Processing Industry.
Automation to ensure Global Compliance on Quality by P L Kaul, President, All India Food Processors Association
Leveraging automation to enhance brand value in a global economy by Laxman Bhargava, Sr VP, United Breweries
Business impact through Automation - the strategic equation by Krishna Mohan, Plant Head, HLL Foods
Intelligent sensing - key to Quality Production by VK Ghoda, GM - Dairy Plant, Kaira District Co-operative
Process Management for higher Yield and improved Quality by Ashok Chand, CEO, KRBL Rice Mill
Tech Session 1 - Automation trends in Breweries by Claude Pfeiffer, Manager (F&B Competence Centre), Siemens, Germany
Tech Session 2 - Processed Foods Safety - Tracking & Tracing solutions by Divya Prakash, Leader Food Industry Applications, Rockwell Automation, USA
Tech Session 3 - Real-time integration to manage plant performance by Sathi Kannan, Regional Mgr(Advanced Solutions), Emerson, Singapore
Role of Automation to meet global competition in the Sugar Industry by JJ Bhagat, Mission Director, Sugar Technology Mission
Business impact through Automation - the Sweet experience by M.Murugesan, General Manager, EID Parry
Leveraging Automation for global acceptance by Rakesh Verma, Chief Engineer, South Asia, Nestle