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The National Centre for Food Manufacturing works with a number of commercial partners from industry. Click on the links below to be directed to their websites, to find out more information.

ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact.

ABB has activities all over the world working to develop‌ unique technologies that makes its customers more competitive, while minimizing environmental impact, by striving to balance economic, environmental and social objectives.

ACO Building Drainage is a Division of ACO Technologies plc and part of the worldwide ACO Group. In the UK it specialises in the development of hygienic and corrosion resistant drainage systems and building products for applications across the internal and external built environments.

Conceived to eliminate design risk, optimise installation and minimise lifetime ownership cost, every product in the range delivers exceptional levels of performance, finish and durability.


Linkfresh, headquartered in Cambridge UK with a US subsidiary in California, specialises in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software development and implementation.

Its LINKFRESH ERP product is a market leader in the fresh food sector and is set to launch on the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform following numerous successful implementations on Microsoft Dynamics NAV across the UK and Europe.

BOC works closely with all areas of the food industry, to develop and deliver diverse solutions extending from modified atmosphere packing (MAP), through freezing and chilling to transport, cooling and dry ice applications.

BOC works closely with all areas of the food industry, to develop and deliver diverse solutions extending from modified atmosphere packing (MAP), through freezing and chilling to transport, cooling and dry ice applications.

Domino has established a global reputation for the continual development and manufacture of its total coding and printing technologies that meet the needs of manufacturers and sets new industry standards in quality and reliability.

Domino Printing Sciences plc operates on a global scale across a diverse industry base, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical and multiple industrial product groups.

Ecolab is a global leader in cleaning, sanitising, food safety and infection prevention products and services and has provided a hygiene system for the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at Holbeach.

Delivering comprehensive programmes to food service, food and beverage processing companies, Ecolab and the University of Lincoln are committed to value-added training and professional, personal service whilst developing much needed provision.

Advanced systems like EPLAN are the catalyst for change in how engineering workflows are structured and how engineers share data in real time with departments such as sales, purchasing and manufacturing.

EPLAN Electric P8 has productivity enhancing features, which can augment the savings and efficiencies available with standard Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) packages.

Festo Training and Consulting supports improved productivity through the development of key competences in sales & service, leadership, employee engagement, change management, team-working, coaching, business planning, production processes and automation technology.

With food sector expertise in manufacturing and engineering, Festo offers open courses, structured development programmes and tailor-made projects.


‌Green Footprints UK Limited sources and distributes sustainable products mainly within the cleaning and washroom sector, to help companies reduce either their environmental impact, energy usage or carbon footprint. 

They also improve upon their current health and safety standards, whilst at the same time having no detriment to current levels of perception or effectiveness.

Ishida Europe is a world leader in the design, manufacture and installation of complete weighing and packing line solutions for the food industry.

With hundreds of application-specific models available, Ishida supply multi-head weighers, snack food packing solutions, check-weighers and X-ray inspection systems. Ishida has a line installed in Holbeach's National Centre for Food Manufacturing.


Marel is a global provider of advanced equipment, systems and services to the fish, meat and poultry industries.

With offices and subsidiaries in over 30 countries and a global network of 60 agents and distributors, Marel offers sales and service of Marel equipment, and designs and manufactures both processing and end of line systems.


‌Mecapack offers packaging solutions with a wide range of tray sealing and thermoforming machines to pack food, medical and industrial products.

Mecapack specialises in the following processes: standard MAP, Shrink, Slicepack, Dome Pack, Inside Cut, Mecaskin, SkinFresh, Double Deck, Mirabella and Easyshrink. Mecapack also offers automated end of packing lines with pick and place and corrugated cardboard erecting machines.


Micvac is the Scandinavian food tech company with fresh ideas on how to produce chilled ready meals. The Micvac method is minimum pasteurisation time for maximum nutrition and taste, it is extended shelf life without preservatives and ingeniously designed packaging.

Micvac is a solution provider offering production equipment, packaging material, know-how and support system to the food industry. As we say; ”We serve the method, you serve the food.”


T‌he OAL Group works predominantly with the food processing industries, its strategy is to continue to develop and deliver innovative and effective solutions, which give optimum plant performance, machine capability and cost efficiencies for customers.

OAL provides leading process and automation solutions to the food industry.  


The PPMA is the UK's trade association for suppliers of processing and packaging machinery to the UK market and represents over 400 member and associate companies.

Its principle objective is to promote sales of machinery, both at home and abroad, through various projects and services of mutual benefit to both members and their customers by providing free technical and machinery information and advice.


‌Qualitin provides business solutions to increase both companies’ and peoples’ productivity. We are focused on delivering results and growth to our clients.

Beyond teaching Total Quality Management concepts, we support professionals in putting these concepts into practice and to follow-up on their development. Qualitin specialises in making plans become actions and as a consequence to achieve results. 


RDM Test Equipment work with packaging material developers, converters and product packagers, who are interested in controlling physical properties of their materials and finished packages.

Including: On-line Seal Inspection/Integrity, Heat Seal parameters, Seal Strength, Leak & Burst Testing, Permeation & Odour Analysis, Tensile/Peel Testing, and Friction Testing.‌   

Rittal is a worldwide supplier of innovative enclosure and housing technologies, whose products include industrial, electronic and IT enclosure systems, instrument cases, heaters, fans and cooling systems amongst others.

Rittal supplies products and services to the food and beverage sector, to help processing plants stay operational, recover from breakdowns quicker and be easier to clean.


RMONI Wireless developed and are now leaders in the wireless monitoring of temperature & other environmental parameters in the processing, packing & transport of food. 

RMONI have supplied and maintain the environmental monitoring within the factory processing area at Holbeach. RMONI Wireless can automatically monitor temperature, %RH, ppm CO2, Delta pressure, energy consumption & door closures. RMONI is supplied, installed & serviced in the UK by Tendring Pacific.


Sharpak is a UK manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging, that is committed to delivering packaging solutions with impact.


Tendring Pacific is the exclusive UK distributor and audited Service Centre of PBI-Dansensor, which offers users an extensive range for controlling the quality of Modified Atmosphere Packages (MAP) and for cutting waste in production.

The factory processing area at the Holbeach Campus National Centre for Food Manufacturing includes a number of online and offline pieces of PBI-Dansensor equipment.


Turbo Systems is a world leading manufacturer of food processing equipment.

It supplies several industry sectors with the ability to process liquid and semi-solid materials, from measured weight control of materials, through to fully automated production systems.


UV Technology Limited is a UK leading provider of UV-C disinfection solutions, providing a complete package of solutions to businesses, large and small.

Its food disinfection solutions are effective in reducing mould and bacterial contamination in food production and storage facilities, enhancing product quality and extending shelf life.

It also supplies air and surface disinfection systems to industry, hospitals, laboratories and offices.