|This Concerted Action specifically addresses the spray drying industry and its applications. Spray drying is an important processing technique, widely used in a number of processing industries, including the food, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals bulk and fine chemical industries. It is also used in the production of technical ceramics and in the control of acid rain from coal-fired power stations. Optimisation of spray drying in these industries is often limited by a lack of basic scientific understanding. This is particularly true in the food industry, targeted by this network primarily because there is a prevalence of SME's in this industry who do not have access to the latest technologies. This network proposes to overcome this problem by identifying and transferring new technologies from the research level to the industrial field by coordinating ongoing research activities with the member organisations, funded within member states.