BBI Conference 2016
Fourth BBI Conference at Whittlebury Hall was a great success
The fourth BBI Conference at Whittlebury Hall Hotel on September 15th & 16th was again hailed as a great success by the delegates for a number of reasons. The venue itself is easy to get to and is very much geared up for conferences. Delegates appreciate the ease of a Thursday afternoon start and a Friday after lunch finish and the conference itinerary was ideally suited to the drinks industry.
BBI National Chairman, David Griffiths welcomed the delegates to the conference and outlined some of the great successes the BBI has enjoyed during the year to date. The Competition held in July attracted a record number of entries, the various BBI visits have been oversubscribed and the Annual Awards Gala Dinner, to be held in November, is already fully booked.
David then handed over to Ed Binsted, BBI President, who outlined some of the pressures that the Industry may face in the coming months, such as the proposed Sugar Tax on Soft Drinks, the migrant crisis, Brexit, the low oil price which is affecting the Plastics Recycling industry and the global economic issues plus the forthcoming elections in the USA, France, Germany and Spain.
The first industry speaker was Oliver Harry of Encirc 360 who discussed the role of a truly sustainable glass manufacturer. Having reopened the rail line on their site in Elton, Cheshire Encirc are reducing road traffic by saving hundreds of HGV movements a year. Encirc, as a bottle manufacturer, is unique in that it has a number of high speed filling lines for beer, wine and cider.
Martin Stenson of Plastipak highlighted the growth potential of PET not only in the key beverage sectors but also potential growth in the Food, Cosmetics and Healthcare sectors.
Paul McLavin of O-I discussed the complete Ä30m rebuild of the O-I Harlow facility that incorporates a sustainable Gas/Oxy fuel furnace. Paul also presented a case study on working with Adnams to reduce the weight of their bottle down from 300gsm to 280 gsm.
Paulís speech concluded the Thursday papers with the delegates gathering for a drinks reception and formal dinner.
Friday morning started off with a triple presentation of a new development in paper reel fed labelling. Paul Johnston-Knight, speaking on behalf of Papico/Brigl & Bergmeister, gave us an insight into the process and testing that had gone into producing NiklaPet Web 55 - the lightweight label paper developed specially for reel fed labelling. Paul Morris of Americk then discussed printing the Niklapet paper and this was followed by Richard Portman from Makro Labelling who highlighted the various Makro options for applying the labels at speeds up to 40,000bph and the relevant cost savings that can be achieved switching from cut and stack to reel-fed paper.
Louis Merienne and Phil Waters of Gebo/Cermex talked about the suitable applications of using robotic technology in the beverage industry. Robots have been extensively used in the car industry for many years and as working practices come in to play in the sector the case for robots was outlined.
Paul Chapple of Krones UK informed us of the new generation of Kosme/Krones technology aimed at the lower output producers of Beer, Soft Drinks and Waters. Paul also discussed where major brand owners have opted for a low output line in either glass or can, low run variants can be filled rather than putting these products on the high speed lines.
Laurent Fournier of Sidel gave a very interesting account and case study of Sidelís involvement with Montgomeryshire Natural Spring Water Coís two lines that Sidel have installed recently. Laurent very openly detailed some of the issues that occurred when the first line went in, but by staying close to the client and getting the right solution Montgomery had no hesitation in going back to Sidel for their second line.
Mikael Renstrom of Elettric 80 told us about factory automation and latest developments using AGVís. Many of their case studies involved large facilities and Mikael was able to show how some clients had started with just one or two AGVís and, as their business had grown, were now up to twenty.
Each of the papers created some really informative Q & Aís, always a good measure on the quality of the papers.
Following the great success of this Conference, the BBI is planning to run another Conference next year on the 28th-29th September, which will be two weeks after Drinktec. If you are not planning on visiting the show or will have limited time out in Munich next year you will have the chance of finding out more at the conference. Please contact the BBI on +44 (0) 1264 326478 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be a sponsor or speaker at the conference.