PROCESSING AND PACKAGING 46 FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2018 A BB is a pioneering technology leader in electri̬cation products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, the global automation and robotics expert operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees today. In Asia Paci̬c, ABB continues to grow and strengthen its presence. Just a few months ago, ABB announced it was setting up a new global digital solutions centre in Singapore, where a Regional Robotics Application Centre and Marine Collaborative Operations Centre have already been established. In the following paragraphs, discover how ABB’s technologies are boosting productivity levels and reliability in breweries found across Asia through two customer case studies. Transforming Palletising in Thailand’s Cosmos Brewery In February 2018, Cosmos Brewery in Thailand, one of Thai Beverage Plc’s subsidiaries and maker of the famous Chang beer, automated its beer bottling line with ABB’s industry-leading palletising robotic automation system. Within three years’ time, the robotic system is expected to boost productivity by 20%. High consumer standards are changing preferences towards premium quality beverages in Thailand, whose important USD$4.6 billion beer market is expected to grow by 2.6% annually over the next three years. One of the most repetitive, labour intensive tasks in a brewery is the constant movement of beer bottles. Automating the palletising of newly ̬lled bottles or the de-palletising of returned bottles have always been a challenge due to the bottles’ fragility – especially when moving at the high speeds. Change is Brewing in Asia’s Beer-Making Industry The beer market in Asia is growing strongly, fuelled by rising disposable incomes and an increase in the region's population. ABB shares how it is helping breweries located in Thailand and Vietnam improve productivity and reliability with robotic and automated solutions. Heineken's brewery in Cambodia – one of the projects awarded to ABB in Vietnam.