Food innovation centre opens

July 15, 2008, 7:39 pm

A new facility has been opened in Doncaster that is aimed at encouraging food and drink firms to make more use of automation.

Funded by Yorkshire Forward and the Northern Way, the Centre for Food Robotics and Automation (CenFRA) will replace the Advanced Manufacturing Park’s Innovation Technology Centre, the South Yorkshire Star reports.

Simon Hill, the executive director of business at Yorkshire Forward, called for small to medium-sized enterprises to “engage” with the facility.

“In creating the Centre for Food for Robotics and Automation, Yorkshire Forward, along with its partners is offering food and drink processing companies access to new innovations to enable them to make informed choices,” he told the news source.

Experts from Salford University have also contributed to the new centre, which is a not-for-profit business.

A combined investment of £2.8 million was poured into the building of the facility with, according to CenFRA chairman Michael Taylor, robotic solutions costing less than £20,000.

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