VICTAM International and GRAPAS Europe exhibition and series of accompanying conferences were successfully held at Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, the Netherlands from May 31 – June 2. VICTAM International and GRAPAS Europe, co-located with VIV Europe, was the first large animal feed technology and grain milling event organized after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was an anxious time in the lead-up to the exhibition due to the uncertain progress of the COVID pandemic around the world,” said general manager of the Victam Corporation, Sebas van de Ende. “Due to this long-lasting uncertainty, a number of exhibitors, unfortunately, did not participate. The war in Ukraine also influenced the participation of a number of exhibitors and visitors.”
“On the other hand, the participating exhibitors came with exciting stands, machinery, and innovations. We were also able to welcome a number of new exhibitors. The fact that we were able to organize a trade exhibition where people could meet each other in person again was, of course, great. We are very satisfied with the result! The next edition will be held in 2025 and we have already received numerous stand applications. It will also be a special edition as we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of VICTAM International,” van de Ende said.
The visitors of the 2022 edition were pleased with the number of exhibitors and the wide range of products on display. Especially the newly launched products and the large number of machinery at the different stands were very impressive. There were 246 exhibitors from 27 countries present. Over the three show days, there were over 7,000 visitors attending the exhibition, a significantly higher number compared to 2019. Most of the visitors were from Europe, and the organization was also happy to welcome visitors from other parts of the world. Unfortunately, there was a decline in visitors from Asia and Russia due to COVID and the war in Ukraine.
Additionally, several exhibitors like Kahl, Bühler, KSE, Van Aarsen, PremierTech, Clextral, Promtek, Seid, and Altline presented technical seminars, in the theater on the exhibition floor.
To put all the innovations presented at the event in the limelight, there were two innovation awards presented at the event: the Animal Feed Technology & Nutrition Awards (AFTAN) and the GRAPAS Innovation Awards.
GRAPAS Award winners were:
- The GRAPAS Award was won by Bühler with the Arrius Integrated Grinding System.
- The GRAPAS Distinction Award was given to Henry Simon for their HSPU Purifier.
- The Highly Commended was awarded to RollCare Profile Measurement by Yenar.
The Animal Feed Technology & Nutrition Awards (AFTAN) winners:
- Winner awarded to The M007 Cooler by Agentis Innovations
- Distinction awarded to Dryer Heat Recovery by Famsun
- Highly Commended awarded to Lube for Life Rolls by CPM
- Winner - Aquafeed awarded to SJPS156 Twin-screw Extruder by Famsun
- Distinction - Aquafeed awarded to The Extruder Microfeed System by Andritz
The 60th-anniversary edition of VICTAM International and GRAPAS Europe will take place from June 3 – 5, 2025 at Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
The next event organized by the Victam Corporation is VICTAM Asia and Health & Nutrition Asia 2022 in co-location with GRAPAS Asia. The event will be held from September 7-9, 2022 at the IMPACT in Bangkok, Thailand. For more information, please visit www.victamasia.com.
VICTAM Latin America will be organized in 2023.