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Internal News - 30 May 2006

Researchers represent UK at prestigious conference on processing food and drugs

Researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering represented UK universities at a prestigious international exhibition on the processing of food, chemicals and pharmaceuticals recently.

The ACHEMA exhibition held in Frankfurt, Germany, attracted 400 exhibitors from 50 countries and is the world’s largest platform for displaying latest equipment, systems, technology and expertise. More than 200,000 people visited the exhibition this year.

The team from the Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre and International Centre for the Environment at Bath exhibited research into how taste and texture of food change during processing, which could lead to improvements in the technology used.

The team also demonstrated work on ways to simulate how packaging materials behave during processing, so that packaging can be improved. They are also developing ways of designing equipment that can handle variations in food recipes and the size of final products easily.

Dr Ben Hicks one of the organisers for the University, said he was delighted to have had the opportunity to exhibit.

“Attendance at such a large international show enables the research to be discussed and disseminated to industrialists from right across the world,” he said. “It also provided an excellent opportunity to interact with major European companies and institutions and build networks and contacts that will be important for accessing European funding in the future.”

Professor Tony Mileham, Head of Mechanical Engineering, said: “Events such as this are a great opportunity to promote UK universities and in particular the internationally-leading work undertaken within the Department of Mechanical Engineering.”

As part of the ACHEMA exhibition, an open day was also held for students across Europe and there was considerable interest in both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered at the University of Bath.