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New Market Opportunity Study Available: Food Processing and Packaging in India

POSTED 10/05/2009

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (October 6, 2009) – A new market study from Robotic Industries Association examines the opportunities for automation in food processing and packaging in India.  A PDF of the study can be obtained free from the members-only section of Robotics Online (www.robotics.org), or from RIA’s bookstore on the website.

India is the world's second largest producer of food next to China with total food production likely to double in the next ten years.  Over the last three and a half decades, the agricultural and dairy sectors have achieved remarkable success, as a consequence of which India today ranks first in the world in milk production and second in the production of fruits and vegetables.  Those accomplishments, however, have not been matched by advances in food processing, storage and distribution, resulting in vast spoilage and waste.   This has long been a problem, but even today India cannot process and preserve more than 10 -15 percent of its overall production.  Can automation in food processing and packaging help correct this problem?  Will automation technology companies realize a sizeable market opportunity in addressing this need?

The market study addresses these questions by ascertaining the extent of market opportunities in food processing and packaging in India.  The current state of food processing and packaging and the deployment of automation technologies (machine vision, motion control and robotics) in this country are examined.  Automation technology applications in food processing and packaging are surveyed.  Automation companies in India and likely customer targets for automation companies (major food processors in India) are identified.  Also examined: Obstacles to adoption of automation technologies in Indian food processing and packaging and the likely market opportunity that awaits automation companies in India.

For more information call Association headquarters at (734) 994-6088 or visit Robotics Online (www.robotics.org).

About RIA
Founded in 1974, RIA is the only trade group in North America organized specifically to serve the robotics industry. Member companies include leading robot manufacturers, users, systems integrators, component suppliers, educators, research groups, and consulting firms. RIA is renowned worldwide as the sponsor of the Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Awards, co-produces the biennial International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show and Conference plus many regional events, and is secretariat of the ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 Robot Safety Standard. RIA is the sole source of North American robotics industry statistics which are included in the World Robot Statistics published by the International Federation of Robotics. RIA also is publisher of the industry’s leading Web portal, Robotics Online (www.robotics.org).

Paul Kellett