ABB’s Food & Beverage Customer Day in Medan focuses on reliable solutions for a sustainable food future.
ABB held a day-long conference for its food and beverage (F&B) customers presenting an exciting line-up of its integrated technology portfolio for the industry. The event was hosted at the Santika Premier Dyandra Hotel in Medan, North Sumatra on December 6, 2018.
Medan is the fourth most populous city and third largest economy in Indonesia, being well-linked with Malaysian cities, especially Penang and Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore by trade, service and natural resource exchanges. Located in North Sumatra, Medan is home to one of Indonesia’s largest concentration of oil palm plantations and many supporting facilities such as palm oil processing plants making it the perfect location for ABB to host its F&B customer event.
During the conference, breakout sessions were organized to further explain what ABB can offer to help sharpen quality and manufacturing flexibility. The sessions were divided into two big themes – Digitalization and Energy Efficiency – so that the customers could opt for a more focused discussion based on their main business goals. In addition, ABB also showcased a mini exhibition that included control systems, ABB AbilityTM Smart Sensor enabled low voltage motor, measurement and analytics products, variable speed drives, robotics, and electrification products. YuMi, ABB’s first collaborative dual-arm robot, also livened up the event acting as a barista serving coffee and tea to the guests.
“The food and beverage industry in Indonesia remains one of the most promising and is poised to grow stronger. This event is part of our commitment to better support the food manufacturing process of our customers through our wide range of digital solutions, under ABB Ability™,” said Timo Sipila, F&B Market Segment Leader for Indonesia. ABB AbilityTM is ABB’s cross-industry, digital offering.
Earlier this year, the Indonesian government launched a national program titled “Making Indonesia 4.0” to ready the manufacturing and industry sectors for the fourth industrial revolution. F&B is one of five priority sectors with a growth rate of around 9 percent in 2017. Based on data from Indonesia’s Industry Ministry in 2017, the F&B industry contributes more than 30 percent of the total value to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the non-oil/gas sector. The implementation of Industry 4.0 is expected to give a further boost to performance and increase competitiveness of this industry.