2014 News archive


Festo nominated for STEMNET award


Festo are proud to have been nominated by STEMNET for the 'Most Dedicated Employer Award'. This award recognises those STEM sector employers, who are not ordinarily involved in inspiring young people in STEM, that have supported their employees to become a STEM ambassador and then to actively engage with their local schools. More... 

Festo sponsors Works Management Manufacturing Conference

Festo sponsors Works Management Manufacturing Conference


Festo were the official sponsor for the Works Management Manufacturing conference held at the Hinckley island hotel on the 20th and 21st November. Focussing on Continuous Improvement techniques this event runs annually. Festo presented a workshop aimed at identifying the engaged and disengaged employees within business and how to manage them for the best results. More...

Festo apprentices excel at UK Skills competition

Festo apprentices excel at UK Skills competition


Congratulations to John Hedges & Connor Bing for representing Festo in the Mechatronics competition at the recent UK Skills competition and bringing back their silver medals for the second year running. Festo’s newest apprentices, Ben Nolan and Joshan Tailor, also made an impressive effort in their first competition. More...

Scarborough 2014

Festo at Scarborough Engineering Week


Festo were once again proud to be sponsoring Scarborough Engineering Week and to be promoting STEM subjects to school children students and their parents. The Scarborough engineering community are a leading light when it comes to inspiring the engineers of tomorrow and pride themselves on the work they are continuing to do to support the growth of high quality home-grown talent in the Scarborough and East Yorks area. More... 


Pacepacker, Fanuc and Festo shortlisted for Food Processing 2014 joint partnership Award


Pacepacker, Fanuc and Festo are well-known for designing and manufacturing premium robotics & automation solutions. Each have their area of speciality, but as a combined team they can offer UK food manufacturers the widest range of food grade robot solutions and support services for any level of project complexity and budget.

Click here for more information on the award entry.

Ones to Watch at the PPMA Show

Festo to Sponsor Ones to Watch at the PPMA Show


The Ones to Watch award returns to the NEC at the PPMA Show 2014 this September to recognise the contributions of processing and packaging professionals under the age of 35, in a bid to discover the industry’s next up and coming young engineer.


Festo sposors A4E

Festo sponsors Appetite for Engineering conference


Festo is again headline sponsor of the Appetite for Engineering conference to be held on 21 October 2014 at Hinkley Island Hotel. This one day event features top level speakers sharing their expertise on the future of the food industry followed by open panel debates with active discussion and debate and the opportunity to network with other key players from the UK’s most successful manufacturing sector.  More...

World of Learning

Festo to present on Employee Engagement at World of Learning


Festo Senior Consultant, Neil Lewin will present findings from the latest Festo White Paper, 'Manage to Engage' at the World of Learning Conference and Exhibition that runs from 30th September to the 1st October at the NEC.


Festo Process Automation Mobile on Tour

Festo Process Automation Mobile on Tour


The Festo Process Automation Mobile will be starting the UK leg of its European Tour visiting various customers from the 8th – 19th September, 2014. More... 

Schools visit Festo

Schools visit Festo


Festo welcomed 30 students to its Northampton headquarters from two local schools, Thomas Estley Community College in Leicester and Corby Technical School. It was clear that both groups were bristling with budding engineers and had been given a good grounding on STEM subjects. Some had even come armed with some searching questions about engineering career opportunities in automation. More...

Festo presenting at Flexible Automation for Food Processing and Packaging workshop

Festo presenting at Flexible Automation for Food Processing and Packaging workshop


Taking place on 25 June 2014 at the University of Lincoln, Holbeach Campus, the focus is to develop highly innovative automated adaptive processing and packaging for fresh and processed food products. Andrew MacPherson, National Team Manager for Food & Beverage at Festo, will present on the Development and Application of Innovative Technology for Food Processing Machinery. More...


Festo supports pick & place event at Pacepacker


On 17th June automation and integration expert, Pacepacker Services, is inviting manufacturers to view their wide range of pick & place technology to see the widest selection of pick and place robots handling foods and packaged goods. Incorporating the latest Festo and FANUC cartesian, delta, articulated robot arm pick & place and palletising applications, the event will take place at Pacepacker’s Essex-based manufacturing facility. More...

Festo to host 2014 Robotics and Automation Event

Festo to host 2014 Robotics and Automation Event


FESTO Applied Automation UK headquarters, Northampton is the setting for the one Day – ELRIG – Robotics & Automation show being held on 1st July organised by ELRIG (European Laboratory Research Interest Group). The event will be focusing on the components and technologies used in laboratory automation applications. More...

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Latest edition of Trends in Automation magazine


Time has become a critical competitive factor as ever shortening innovation cycles demand faster processes for every industrial company. Where 20 years ago competition was primarily focused on the functionality of a product, and 10 years ago on functionality and cost, nowadays it is focused on speed as well as functionality and cost. This edition of trends in automation is all about time. More...

Bionic Handling Assistant at London’s Science Museum

Bionic Handling Assistant at London’s Science Museum


The Festo Bionic Handling Assistant made an appearance at the London Science Museum’s exhibition 3D: printing the future in the Antenna – science news this week. The feature showcases innovation in this exciting field and explores future applications for products made through the additive manufacturing process. More...

Minister visits Festo stand at the Hannover Fair

Minister visits Festo stand at the Hannover Fair


Today Michael Fallon, Minister of State for Business and Energy, was shown around the Festo stand themed on Energy efficiency and intelligent production as well as innovative technologies from the Bionic Learning Network. The Minister is pictured with Martin Beier, Head of Exhibition Management at Festo, discussing the SupraMotion 2.0 - technology demonstrating the linear and rotary motion of levitating objects in all directions and in all spatial positions.

Festo sponsoring the Appetite for Skills (A4S) initiative

Festo is again sponsoring Appetite for Skills (A4S)


A4S is continuing throughout 2014 in a bid to inspire young people to consider a career in the food and beverage industry. Andy MacPherson, National Team Manager – Food and Beverage at Festo Ltd, said: "It’s a well known fact that there is a demographic time bomb in the food industry and it’s clearly recognised that the industry has a need to better promote the opportunities that exist. More...

Machinery Safety Alliance seminars released 2014

Machinery Safety Alliance seminars 2014


Book your place at one of the informative seminars for 2014, and get advice from the experts on safety and learn how to reduce accidents and hazards. Festo is a member of the Machinery Safety Alliance, a unique collective in the UK, with each member contributing specialised knowledge from its field of technology and expertise, to provide an  all-encompassing and impartial view of machine safety.  More...

Big Bang

Festo teamed up with top food and drink brands to make the biggest bang ever!


Six leading food and drink manufacturers along with Festo teamed up to offer many exciting engineering activities to the 75,000 young visitors attending this year's Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham (13-16 March). The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. More...

Future Factory 2014

Festo sponsors Automate UK conference


Festo were once again sponsors of the Automate UK conference, part of the Future Factory Series run by The Manufacturer. Festo's Neil Lewin delivered a paper titled 'Champion or Saboteur! – Dealing with Different Levels of Engagement for Successful Automation Projects'. More...


‘Helping children understand science

Helping children understand science


During January, Festo took part in a national scheme known as "Serious fun on Saturdays" partly funded by SHINE. The program run locally by Northampton High School, takes thirty year 10 year girls who normally have no access to extracurricular activities and organises fun, educational activities based around STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). More...

Festo apprentices selected for Squad UK pool

Festo apprentices selected for Squad UK pool


Festo apprentices John Hedges & Connor Bing have been selected as members of the Squad UK Pool as part of the selection process for the team to represent the UK at the 43rd WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August 2015. More...