H.J.D. (Henk) van de Bunt, alternately board member and general manager of Victam International B.V. since 1986, passed away at the age of 74 on February 1. Henk was a well-known and valued colleague in the world of animal feed and grain processing with ample contacts worldwide.
Henk had a broad network and until last year, was a board member at IFF, the research institute in the area of compound feed technology in Braunschweig, Germany, for no less than 20 years. He had also been chair of IFIF, the International Feed Industry Federation, for six years.
Henk’s name runs through Victam International, the foundation that has been organizing the international Victam milling trade fair since 1965. After becoming a Victam board member in 1986, Henk van de Bunt became chair in 1991 and director of Victam in 1999. He intensely participated in the further expansion of Victam. The trade fair developed into a unique global trade fair and in 1991, Victam Asia also started in Bangkok.
Victam is an open organization, where exhibitors and visitors are given the opportunity to share their vision. As an example of this, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was set up in which representatives of exhibitors take part. Henk, as the previous owner of a compound feed business in Nijkerk, played a key role in this and ensured, among other things, that Victam developed into the most authoritative trade fair in the world in the area of supplies to the animal feed industry and the grain processing businesses. During his time as a director, Henk visited the exhibitors consistently and with an open outlook so that they could express their requirements and demands.
“With his collegiate and diplomatic charisma, Henk was always easily approachable to everyone. It was a pleasure to work with him professionally and as a colleague,” said Sebas van den Ende, general manager of Victam International.