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Siemens partners with Midlands firms adi Automation and Briggs of Burton to drive digitalisation in the Food and Beverage sector

Siemens partners with Midlands firms adi Automation and Briggs of Burton to drive digitalisation in the Food and Beverage sector

Siemens has selected two Midlands firms to support its drive to empower the Food and Beverage sector with cutting-edge technology to boost productivity and improve energy efficiency to help combat climate change.

adi Automation - part of the adi Group - based in Birmingham, and Briggs of Burton, based in  Burton-on-Trent, are among seven leading system integrators in the UK and Ireland chosen for Siemens’ enhanced Solution Partner Programme. 

They have been hand-picked for their specific process knowledge and technology capability to deliver Siemens’ holistic solution for the needs of the UK Food and Beverage industry, which had a turnover of more than £104.4bn in 2020 and represents almost 20% of total UK manufacturing1.

The revamped programme brings to the table the whole gamut of offerings, including automation integration concepts, process optimisation, cloud and data analytics and energy reduction initiatives. 

Keith Thornhill, Head of Food & Beverage UK and Ireland, Siemens Digital Industries, said:

“Siemens’ global focus on the Food and Beverage sector is giving great insight into solving many of the sector’s manufacturing challenges.

“The new expert partners will have access to this best practice and with their domain knowledge will be able to assist customers with value added solutions, driving production efficiency with the deployed integrated technology.

“Our portfolio covers the depth and breadth of automation and digitalisation. By combining this incredible end-to-end offering with solution delivery expertise of the solution partners we are opening a whole new world of value driven solutions in Food & Beverage manufacturing.”

A key aspect of the F&B Siemens module is that it is in sync with the sector's challenges around productivity, agility and the increasing priority of a decarbonisation agenda, which is set to attain huge importance in view of the climate change crisis and government’s decarbonisation programme. 

Thornhill explains:

“With our new module, our expert partners will get monthly solutions training based on best practices from our experiences from around the globe. This will drive efficiency into their solution delivery and have the evidence to show ROI. Our goal is to give the end customer a de-risked integrated package, that is future proof and attainable. 

“Our partners will be able to offer advanced technology lead solutions with various financial options to cater for all budgets and aspirations. This will accelerate the decision-making process, deployment and bring business performance improvements from day one.”

Global turnkey process engineering company Briggs of Burton has an extensive history in designing and building industrial process systems across the brewing, distilling, food and pharma industries.

Matthew Sawdon, Operations Manager - Engineering, said:

“We are pleased to be part of the Siemens Solution Partner Programme with access to the Food & Beverage expert module. It provides us with access to the latest technology and concepts with a global perspective to ensure our customers remain ahead in their food production technologies.

“The extension of our partnership with this proficient module, will help us to support all of our customers in the Food & Beverage segment with innovative and sustainable solutions.” 

adi Automation has over three decades of success working in various industry sectors, and a focussed approach to serving the UK and Ireland F&B industry in its industry 4.0 adoption.

Ian Millington, Managing Director, said:

“The Siemens Solution Partner Programme is an excellent approach to maintaining standards and highlighting experts in the Food & Beverage sector. The programme helps to focus on key areas where specialists from both Siemens and our team can work together and provide the right solution for our customers.

“The Solution Partner Programme is an excellent approach in ensuring a good network of technology professionals can help F&B customers find the right technology 4.0 adoption partner which they can trust and who have a focus on key activities in their industry.”

The other businesses chosen for the programme include Kigtek Solutions, DPS Group, iTech, CG Controls and Rockbrook Engineering.

The Siemens Solution Partner Programme is a global initiative which certifies companies to integrate Siemens’ technology into businesses.

Siemens works with over 1,600 solution partners in more than 80 countries, including 50 in the UK and Ireland’s F&B sector.

The systems integrators’ role includes upgrading equipment, retrofitting the upgrade and generally looking at the bigger picture, with the ultimate goal of turning data into value.

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