WSP has decades of experience in the sector, providing engineering design and specialist services for projects ranging from entire new factories, to refurbishments and the setup of new production lines, right through to optimizing the production of existing facilities.
What sets us apart is our global footprint and our broad range of offerings to meet the needs of our clients throughout the project cycle, bringing wide-ranging efficiency benefits in terms of cost, time and streamlined delivery. We have the capabilities to execute a project from concept to execution, from our initial planning to all aspects of engineering design for the plant buildings and processing equipment; and from smart industry solutions to developing the carbon and energy saving strategies in the quest for net zero.
We have achieved exceptional results worldwide across a broad span of products, including spirits, brewing and soft drinks; dairy; baked goods; confectionary; ready meals; sauces and dressings; fresh, canned, and processed foods; meat processing and pet foods.
Benefits of our services include:
- Holistic offering for streamlined project delivery
We provide project-specific engineering design services across all disciplines – civil, structural and building services – spanning all stages of a project, from strategic studies and concept and detailed design to serving as owner’s engineer throughout an EPCM (engineering, procurement, construction and management) contract. For example, as EPCM consultant for Nestle’s Plant Based Food Manufacturing facility in Malaysia, WSP provided architectural, civil, structural, MEP and fire engineering design services as well as tender support and construction management. In addition, we can draw on WSP’s strengths in other disciplines such as our environmental, energy, transportation and infrastructure consultancy services.
- Improved efficiencies through our Smart industry solutions
Automation is now essential to food and beverage industry processes to address the required standards of quality control, production speed, labour shortages and overall profitability. Along with more automation comes increased availability of valuable data, which WSP’s smart experts analyze and manipulate to help our clients improve decision-making to reduce risk, deliver operational savings and make their businesses more efficient, sustainable and profitable.
- Moving towards Net Zero
The shift towards net zero is driving manufacturers to review their operational performance and sustainability strategies as a priority. Our sustainability experts advise clients on how to reduce their carbon emissions and energy use and establish sustainability targets, enabling them to respond to their own desire to be good corporate citizens, public demand for sustainably developed products and stringent environmental protection laws and regulations.
Our multidisciplinary environmental specialists help organizations in developing their net zero strategy, establishing sustainability targets and advising on steps required to deliver against the plan. In both new build and existing facilities, we look at ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy and water consumption through heat recovery, carbon capture, recycling food waste into fuel, water recovery and reuse, and using alternative energy sources such as wind or solar power and hydrogen.
- Transportation, warehousing and logistics
Logistics play a vital role in the food and beverage sector due to the dependence on the timely supply of raw materials from different geographical locations, the short-term nature of raw materials and the shelf-life of finished products. WSP is unique in offering logistics, warehousing, refrigeration and transportation consultancy, using simulation software to model traffic movements and optimize space allocation for just-in-time or long-time storage. Integrating this service into our manufacturing plant design and delivery role enables us to optimize factory and warehouse buildings and support our clients in getting their products to market in a timely, cost-effective manner, further adding to their competitiveness.