Logistics & IT-Solutions made in Great Britain: KRONES to host a customer conference

“The last customer conference was held in Frankfurt in 2012 – and it was a resounding success! And since then the sector’s been busier than ever. Yet another reason for Krones to organise another one in the autumn of 2015,” says a gratified Manfred Klug, Sales Manager Logistics & IT-Solutions. This year’s conference is themed around: “Intralogistics and IT: evolving from the best practice of the present to the factory of the future”.

On 19 and 20 October Krones will be hosting an event in the “Village Urban Resort Leeds South” conference hotel in North England. The venue hasn’t been chosen at random, of course: in Wakefield, not far from Leeds, Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), operates Europe’s largest Coca-Cola soft-drinks plant, and possesses one of the most sophisticated high-bay warehouses in the sector, installed in its entirety by Krones.

Following a welcome dinner on 19 October as an opportunity to get acquainted in a convivial atmosphere, the morning after the official opening is themed around “From actual operation for actual operators”. “We thought it was important to encourage proactive involvement in the proceedings by our clients and experts with their experience in daily operation,” emphasises Kathrin Liebl, Assistant to the Sales Manager Logistics & IT-Solutions, and the principal organiser of the conference.

So the visitors can look forward to some interesting specialist presentations:


  • Increasing availability levels with on-the-fly change-overs (Sidhart Khanna, Manager Manufacturing Solutions at Niagara Bottling LLC, USA)
  • From a single source: automation and IT in a dairy (Richard Jones, Project Director Supply Chain Development at Arla Foods Ltd., UK)
  • ASRS: automatic storage and retrieval in a fully automated distribution centre (Ian Johnson, Director Supply Chain Development, CCE Ltd., UK)


The second half of the day takes a closer look at the factory of the future.

For the highlight of this customer conference, the experts will visit Europe’s biggest soft-drinks plant in nearby Wakefield, and will be given a guided tour of the Coca-Cola plant’s fully automated distribution centre, which holds 30,000 pallets.

The conferees can then, in the final dinner together, have an opportunity to discuss and review the multifaceted impressions and input gained over the course of the event. “Dialogue and mutual feedback among the guests is extremely important to us. In addition to the framework programme, we’ve allowed sufficient time for the conferees to enjoy mutual discussions,” emphasises Manfred Klug.