16 apr 2018
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Foodex is a one-stop shop for manufacturing professionals across the full industry spectrum. Whether you’re focused on manufacturing, processing, supply chain, engineering, Royal HaskoningDHV has got innovative ideas tailored just for you. Visit our stand L239 or join us during the panel session.

Panel session

Title: Factories of the Future - A forward look at the transformational impact of technology over the next 10 years
Date: Wednesday 18th April 11:30am - 12:15pm
Location: Foodex, NEC Birmingham - Centre Stage

With our expert-led panel session ‘Factories of the Future’, you’ll discover insights and inspiration to grow your business, and meet the people who can make it happen.

Discover how the factories of the future will transform supply chains as digital technology empowers manufacturers to respond to customers’ needs in real-time. This informative panel session will reveal how companies can transition to an exciting new business reality, and tackle the challenges it poses for FMCG.


John Darlington
Head of Continuous and Lean - University of
Buckingham and Managing Director - Value
Flow Consulting Limited

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John Darlington | Royal HaskoningDHV

John Darlington is the founder and managing director of Value Flow Consulting Limited, a UK based management consulting firm working with clients around the world. Value Flow helps customers improve their performance by using a combination of lean principles and constraint management. John has been a guest speaker at APICS, and SAPICS where he won the Toyota Prize for Best New Idea.  

Matthew Rayment 
Technical Manager - Food and Beverage, FMCG - The Manufacturing Technologies Centre

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Matt Rayment | Royal HaskoningDHV

Matt Rayment is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Engineering Technology and has spent 15 years designing, building and installing production equipment across all industry sectors and in many countries. Matt has worked with many of the world’s leading manufacturing and automation organisations and has significant experience in creating and leading collaborative research and development projects in the UK and Europe. His focus has been the delivery of appropriate automation solutions to meet industry needs and latterly, working at the MTC he is now the Sector Lead for Food, Beverage and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods. A sector that is in need of automation solutions, methods to help effectively manage all resources as well as the gain real value from the large amount of data they produce.

Andrew Aitken
COO - Lanner

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Andrew Aiken | Royal HaskoningDHV

Andrew is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Lanner, providing predictive simulation and analytics technologies to enable businesses to create and operate smarter dynamic processes in an increasingly connected and complex world. Andrew is responsible for global sales and delivery operations at board level and leads Lanner’s digitally-led strategic development, focussed on Industry 4.0 and IIoT enablement. He frequently contributes to conferences and publications on these topics.

Prior to joining Lanner, Andrew held senior leadership positions with large management consulting firms, where he worked with many of the world’s leading corporate brands to drive performance driven business transformation, including business turnaround, lean and CRM drivers .

Andrew holds an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc. in Advanced Manufacturing Systems & Technology, following which he worked within Unilever’s Advanced Manufacturing Systems division to optimise the performance of international operating companies through the application of advanced manufacturing systems and technologies including: Robotocs, Automation, CADCAM, Finite Element Analysis, ERP and Maintenance Management Systems (MMS).

Sam Payne
Local Segment Manager Machinery - Weidmuller UK

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Sam Payne | Royal HaskoningDHV

Starting a career in Electrical Engineering with Leicester based firm Elequip Projects Ltd, Sam Payne developed a knowledge of PLC control systems, designing and implementing power management and generator control systems for offshore and onshore applications. During the time at Elequip he studied to achieve a BSc Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering.

In 2004, he moved to B&R Industrial Automation Limited where he gained an impressive track record as a Control Systems Application Engineer responsible development of motion control systems for OEM machine builders. The experienced gained with B&R’s complex solution enabled the move to a career in sales, becoming the Area Sales Manager for the Midlands region.

In 2015, Sam joined Schneider Electric as OEM Commercial Manager, responsible for all sales activities in complex motion and robotics, as well as managing a team of applications engineers committed to delivering customers with the best possible control system solutions.

Sam joined Weidmuller in July 2017 and is currently using his specialist knowledge and expertise in the UK machine building market to deliver innovative and integrated automation solutions to machine builders. He is also Weidmuller’s key UK specialist in the rapidly emerging field of advanced industrial analytics.

Indeed, Weidmüller takes pride in supporting its customers and partners all around the world with products, solutions and services in the industrial environment of power, signal and data and continues to focus on the development of ground-breaking, sustainable and useful solutions for each of their customers’ needs.

Chairman of the panel session

David Parkinson
Senior Engineering Leader - Royal HaskoningDHV

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David Parkinson | Royal HaskoningDHV

David Parkinson is a senior engineering leader with many years’ experience working across international boundaries primarily in the FMCG Industry including a recent 6 year senior leadership assignment working for Unilever in the Far East. He has since relocated to the Netherlands where he has been developing a portfolio of international leadership and engineering consultancy clients. As part of this role in Royal HaskoningDHV he focuses on development of integrated engineering and Industry 4.0 solutions for the FMCG industries.