A.O.M. Dubai conference garners great support

by Teresa Acklin
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   Attendance at the Fourth Annual Technical Conference & Trade Show of the Association of Operative Millers, Middle East/East Africa district (District 16) pleased participants as well as coordinators. The conference drew 116 delegates, 18 exhibitors and 17 speakers from 26 countries.

   Held Oct. 7-9 at the Dubai International Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the conference realized a substantial increase from last year's turnout in Cyprus, which included 85 participants, 12 speakers and 20 exhibitors. The A.O.M. held its first Middle East meeting in Cairo in 1989 with 75 delegates, eight speakers and no exhibitors. The Cairo conference marked the founding of A.O.M.'s District 16, the first district to be organized outside the Americas.

   The Dubai conference promoted worldwide perspectives and featured an international roster with representatives from Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritius, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, U.A.E., United Kingdom, United States and Yemen.

   Activities at the three-day conference ranged from lunches, tours and meetings to seminars, presentations and technical papers.

   On Wednesday, participants heard technical presentations on new products from a range of experts. Alios Gamma of Buhler Ltd., Switzerland, began the program with a discussion of quality control. Next, Alwyn Watkins of Chronos Richardson, U.K., explained weighing technology. “Brushers and Cleaners in Mills” was the title of a presentation by H. Dieter Filip of V. Filip & Sohn, Germany, and Robert Kice of Kice Industries, U.S., followed with an explanation of air aspiration. Millshort systems and recycling equipment was the focus of a paper by Sergio Prinzivalli of Sangati S.p.A., Italy, and Goran Stjernberg of Perten Instruments, Sweden, explained the gluten index. Concluding the session was Amer Ziyada of Satake Ltd., U.K., who spoke on grain tempering systems.

   Technical papers presented at the meeting included: “Good Manufacturing Practices in the Flour Milling Industry,” by Ron Coply, chairman of A.O.M., U.S.; “Control of Product Quality in the Mill,” by Henry Stevens of U.S. Wheat Associates, U.S.; “Mixing Plants,” by Roman Weibel of Buhler Ltd., Switzerland; “Near Infrared On-line Technology,” from Satake Ltd., U.K.; “Sieve Stretcher,” by Rolf Sidler of S.S. Thal, Switzerland; “Current Developments in Bread Improver Technology,” by David Saxby of Spillers Milling, U.K.; “Vitaminization of Flour/Bread” and “Ascorbic Acid as a Safe Alternative” by K. Nagy of Hoffman Roche, Switzerland; “Grain Hygiene,” by Neil Baker of the Australian Wheat Board, Australia; and “Training of Millers,” by Robert Lloyed of the Egyptian Millers Training Center.

   The trade show was open Wednesday through Friday and exhibitors included U.S. Wheat Associates, UMA Engineering Ltd., V. Filip & Sohn, Fischbein S.A., Swiss Silk Thal, Golfetto S.p.A., Spillers Premier Products Ltd., Turkish Millers Association, Buhler Ltd., Perten Instruments A.B., Satake Ltd., Chronos Richardson Ltd., Sangati S.p.A., Kice Industries, Hoffmann La-Roche Ltd., Agromatic AG, and Domino Amjet Ltd.

   At the Friday business meeting, Andre Bega, production manager of Les Moulins de la Concorde Ltd., Mauritius, was elected District 16's new chairman, succeeding Esa Al Ghurair of National Flour Mills, U.A.E. Mr. Bega's responsibilities will include organizing and coordinating District 16's fifth annual conference, scheduled for Oct. 7-9, 1993, in Mauritius. Readers interested in attending the conference and trade show in Mauritius should contact:

   Mr. Andre Bega

   Production Manager

   Les Moulins de la Concorde Ltee.

   Cargo Peninsula, Mauritius

   Mr. Bega's fax number is 230 240 8171.

   The A.O.M., Leawood, Kansas, U.S., represents technical millers who promote the development of milling at the operations level. The association has 400 members outside the U.S., primarily in Canada, Latin America and the Middle East/East Africa.