Supporting sustainable agri-food manufacturing in Vietnam

The quickest and most cost-effective way to sustainable agriculture is by embracing advanced technologies to improve product safety, traceability and performance.

Vietnam is well placed in the agriculture sector due to its abundant natural resources and favorable climate. Labor in agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors made up nearly 38% of the whole working population in 2018. In the first eight months of this year, Vietnam’s agro-forestry-aquatic exports earned 26.6 billion USD according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The country is currently the second biggest ASEAN trade partner of the EU.

However, Vietnamese agricultural products are still facing many boundaries, especially in terms of technology, to satisfy strict international standards, which results in under achieving its full potential in terms of markets and pricing. In EU markets particularly, Vietnam is expected to be one of the largest beneficiaries from the Europe – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), as a reduction in tariffs will increase demand and boost exports. To realise these ambitions it is vital for the sector to embrace advanced technologies to produce safe, certified and traceable products to meet these high demanding consumer markets.

Controlled environment agriculture enabls farmers to reach full production potential
Controlled environment agriculture enabls farmers to reach full production potential

ABB will sponsor the Vietnam – EU Forum on sustainable agriculture titled “Agriculture 4.0: Key to the European market” held by the European Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hanoi, Vietnam on September 19, 2019. The event aims to address the challenges that Vietnamese agriculture exporters face and the technical solutions that will enable the export of traceable, certified and safe agricultural products from Vietnam to Europe. It will bring Vietnamese decision makers, farmers, and exporters together with leading European companies who will present their technical expertise and innovative agricultural solutions.

Working closely with food manufacturers worldwide, ABB focuses on providing power, automation and digital solutions that address the critical issues in every area of operation, enabling manufacturers to reach full production potential and be prepared to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, today. Its family of products and systems match specific application criteria from start to finish inside food processing areas, assuring the quality and reliability of food from power connection to robotic palletizing at the end of the line.

ABB technologies assure the quality and reliability of food from power connection to robotic palletizing at the end of the line
ABB technologies assure the quality and reliability of food from power connection to robotic palletizing at the end of the line

At the event, ABB will showcase some of its innovative digital solutions for food manufacturing. Smart motion, which saves energy and drives efficiency and productivity across the entire value chain, is also a critical component of the intelligently automated manufacturing facility. The ABB Ability Smart Sensor leverages the Industrial Internet of Things to monitor key parameters of motors, pumps and mounted bearings in real time. YuMi, the world’s first collaborative robot, initially aimed to focus on the electronics industry, made its way into the automotive industry, and now makes its way into food manufacturing, where it’s putting candy into boxes, will also present at the exhibition.

Dr. Brian Hull, Country Managing Director of ABB in Vietnam will also deliver a keynote titled “Transforming the food industry by digital technologies” at the forum.

“The landscape is changing. Vietnam's agriculture and food industry in particular are under constant pressure to adapt and evolve tomeet consumer demand. This means increased production, improved hygiene and quality and variety, all while maintaining a commitment to safety, traceability and sustainable use of natural resources. We are committed to a sustainable agri-food future, supporting Vietnamese manufacturers improve product quality, enhance food safety and more efficient use of production assets, through our industry-leading digital solutions.” Dr. Brian Hull, Country Managing Director of ABB in Vietnam.

ABB started operations in Vietnam in 1993. In the 26 years since, it has grown to be a reliable partner in the field of technology, providing turnkey solutions and services in the market. ABB has recently installed and commissioned robots nationwide in Vietnam in automotive, electronics, animal feed, food and beverage, chemicals, metal and brick fabrication sectors to drive efficiency and quality. ABB AbilityTM control systems are ensuring several new solar farms and factories across the country’s food and beverage, automotive, water and wastewater sectors to ensure their operation with the highest possible efficiency.

ABB(ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com.

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