The spirit of innovation and partnership

April 14 - 13:39 by Ian Roberts

The spirit of innovation and partnership

At the Bühler Networking Days, we invite people from across our industry to come together and learn about new solutions, be inspired by new opportunities, and talk about and create future innovations. Our aim is to collectively gain a better understanding of the challenges we face.

The first Bühler Networking Days, held in Uzwil in August 2016, was a remarkable event, with 750 people attending from every section of the industry – an industry that provides food for more than half the population of the planet every day. Four key themes formed the focus: sustainability, food safety, nutrition, and opportunities arising out of new technologies in the Internet of Things.

Together with our customers, we were able to set Bühler’s sustainability targets: We aim for a 30 percent energy reduction and a 30 percent waste reduction for our customers by 2020. Ambitious? Yes, but with the support of the industry, we believe we can do it. 

The future of protein was mapped out in our discussion groups. Following these discussions, we announced earlier this year that our new Bühler Insect Technology Solutions business will provide insect protein for animal feed, starting first with chickens and aquaculture. The spirit of innovation and collaboration throughout the Bühler Networking Days 2016 was overwhelming. The question on many people’s lips was, when will the next one be? Well, we are already planning to return to Uzwil in 2019. But before that, there will be other key Networking Days events. 

This year, our Networking Days 2017 @ Interpack takes place during the Interpack trade fair in Germany, where we will continue to drive forward the four themes of sustainability, food safety, nutrition and digitalization. We will also be showcasing start-ups and innovation programs. Along with the exhibit, featuring technology and innovation solutions, there will be a dining and meeting area, and off-site events for discussions, meetings with start-ups, and opportunities to network. As always, our aim is to bring people together to exchange, create, and dream!

Our first Networking Days dedicated to Advanced Materials is scheduled to take place in 2018 in China. It will be centered around lithium-ion battery business, with a focus on sustainable mobility. One of our key partners in this area will be the host of the event. 

A food-focused Networking Days at Ipack-Ima during 2018 will, again, headline the themes of sustainability, food safety, nutrition and digitalization. By the time we return to Uzwil for our Networking Days in 2019, it will be exciting to see how far our industry has progressed.