At a Press Conference held at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, Bangkok, 14th March 2013, Henk van de Bunt, General Manager, Victam International announced the theme for the 2014 shows and the launch of two major industry summits.
Announcing the First ASEAN Feed Summit and the First ASEAN Rice Summit, van de Bunt said Victam International is a subsidiary of the Victam Foundation, a Dutch charitable foundation and that the Victam Foundation would sponsor and support both of these summits.
“The aim of the ASEAN Feed and Rice Summits is to bring together an international forum of feed and rice associations, and other related associations in the ASEAN region in order to discuss and determine the future policies and objectives for these important industries”, van de Bunt said.
“With the anticipated creation of the ASEAN Economic Bloc in 2015 it is essential that feed millers, rice millers and processors and their relevant associations within this area should have a greater dialogue”.
The first summits are planned for 2014 over the period of the 8th to the 10th of April, during our 2014 event. The Summits will be hosted by the Thai Feed Mill Association, Thai Rice Associations with the assistance and support of the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and the Thai Chamber of Commerce. TCEB, the Thai Convention & Exhibition Bureau, has also been invited to be involved in the promotion and organisation of this important international meeting.
The Victam Foundation will invite the President and Secretary General or equivalent from each association within the region to attend the summit. Victam will pay for their return flights to Bangkok and 4/5 star accommodation during the period of the summit. The Foundation will also provide a fully equipped air-conditioned conference rooms within BITEC (Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre) for the duration of the summit.
The Trade Shows
As in previous years, the trade shows will be FIAAP Asia, VICTAM Asia and GRAPAS Asia 2014.
FIAAP Asia is the only dedicated exhibition and conference for the ingredients, additives and formulation of feeds for animals, aquafeed and dry petfood within the expanding Asia/Pacific markets.
VICTAM Asia is by far the largest exhibition in South East Asia for animal feed production technology. This equipment, technology, together with ancillary systems is required and is essential for the safe and effective production of feeds for animals, aquafeed and dry petfood. Victam has included the sector of biomass pellet production machinery within the exhibition over the last few years.
“We have seen this becoming increasingly popular and important as biomass pellets are seen as an alternative green energy source in the power generation industry both here and also elsewhere in the world”, Henk van de Bunt said.
GRAPAS Asia is the only trade show in the Asia Pacific region for the grain processing sectors. The show profiles rice and flour milling, grain processing, storage, preservation and distribution, industrial noodle and pasta production, the manufacture of breakfast cereals and extruded snacks. This exhibition has seen dramatic growth over the last few years.
The rationale behind the theme “A Partnership in Synergy” is that the shows inter-connect, van de Bunt explained.
FIAAP, with animal feed ingredients and additives is directly related to Victam with animal feed processing and ancillary equipment. Both shows attract visitors from the feed industry.
There is also a relationship between Victam and GRAPAS – the show for rice and flour milling, grain processing technology and ancillary equipment. Of course grains of various kinds are used within animal feeds, and much of the ancillary equipment found in a feed mill will also be found in a rice or flour mill. These include - storage systems, conveyors, bagging equipment, automation, computers systems and programs and much more.
“I think that this inter-relationship between these sector profiles is a major reason for the event’s growth and continuing success”, van de Bunt told journalists.
There will also be a number of supporting conferences:
FIAAP Asia Conference 2014
Aquafeed Horizons Asia 2014
Petfood Forum Asia 2014
Thai Feed Conference
Biomass Pellets Update Asia
GRAPAS Asia Conference 2014
The last event in Asia, which was held in 2012, attracted over 6,000 industry executives from throughout South and South East Asia. These visitors came from a total of 73 different countries.
In 2014, the exhibitions will be held at the same modern, purpose built exhibition halls of the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) in Bangkok, April 8-10, 2014, in Halls 103 and 104.
FIAAP Asia attracts nutritionists, veterinarians, feed formulators, mill and production managers, CEOs and other senior executives from feed mills, integrators, large farms and co-operatives, hatcheries, fish farms, home farm mixers and petfood manufacturers.
The visitors for Victam Asia also comprise senior executives from these sectors but also from biomass processors and energy generators. They will find the largest assembly of companies displaying biomass pelleting technology ever seen in Asia.
GRAPAS Asia will also attract visitors from rice and flour mills, rice and grain storage and processing plants, industrial noodle manufacturers, plant bakers, breakfast cereal and savoury snack producers.
Visitors to the shows will be able to attend, free of charge, all three of the trade shows on the one visitor ticket. The ticket is valid for all three days of the event.
The electronic registration form will be available online on all three of the organization’s websites nearer the time of the exhibition.
The shows once again have the support of the following Thai organisations:
The Thai Ministry of Agriculture & Co-Operatives; The Department of Livestock Development; The Department of Fisheries; The Thai Feed Mill Association; The Thai Rice Milling Association; The Thai Petfood Association; The Thai Chamber of Commerce and Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau.
For information and to be notified when registration opens for FIAAP Asia 2014 and Aquafeed Horizons Asia 2014, please visit: www.feedconferences.com.