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How food and beverage manufacturers can offset post-Brexit labour cost rise

Food and beverage producers will see their labour costs rise after Britain leaves the EU, according to law firm DWF. This is because manufacturers will have fewer European workers to choose from after Brexit and will have to rely on employing agency staff.

Manufacturers in the food and beverage sector, already facing a potential 10 per cent rise in energy spending due to the predicted post-Brexit fall in Sterling, must seek to offset any increased labour costs by reducing spending elsewhere in their operation.

That’s where Gibbons Engineering Group comes in.

We recently launched a stainless steel electric motor and variable-speed drive package designed specifically for ultra-hygienic applications such as food and beverage production.

While the waterproof construction of both the motor and ABB ACS355 drive can withstand high-pressure water jets used during washdowns, the equipment also offers users increased energy efficiency for long-term savings.

The Gibbons stainless steel motor is rated at IE3 efficiency, meaning it complies with the latest EU MEPS legislation and helps reduce energy consumption in applications such as conveyors, mixers, grinders and pumps.

Adding the ABB ACS355 further optimises such processes; minimising energy consumption while enabling more accurate ingredient dosing and greater product consistency.

Gibbons’ team of engineers can install and commission equipment, while we offer ongoing technical support and maintenance.

For more information on these energy-saving products, call Gibbons on 01621 868138 or email

Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors

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