Victam International - Expanding horizons

by Emily Buckley
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Traditionally the launchpad for feed technology innovations, Victam International has evolved into an all encompassing feed and grain industries exhibition

The 15th Victam International feed and grain industries exhibition will take place once again at the Jaarbeurs exhibition halls in the historic university town of Utrecht, the Netherlands, from May 11-13, 2004.

Well established as the leading international feed technology show, the three-yearly Victam has in recent years successfully expanded its coverage to include feed ingredients, aquafeed, petfood, flour milling, grain and raw material processing, storage and handling. This year it is expanding further with the introduction of two new sections devoted to biomass technology and dust explosion prevention.

Victam’s general manager, Henk van de Bunt, says the strategy of enlarging the Victam show to include these related industry sectors has proved highly successful — many companies have increased their existing exhibits to address these new sectors, and new dedicated suppliers have also been attracted to the show.


Victam visitors interested in biomass will be able to learn more about the field at a one-day conference organized by the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) on Thursday, May 13, 2004.

Pelleted bio-fuels currently represent a market of one million tonnes in Europe, and the market is growing rapidly. The feedstock can be agricultural waste, such as maize leaves, stalks, and cobs; forestry wastes, including wood and logging residues; municipal solid waste normally disposed of in landfills and crops developed and grown specifically for fuel.

The energy density and physical characteristics of pellets make these materials easy to transport and store. The controlled combustion process gives high efficiency and excellent environmental performance from small-scale boilers and stoves for individual households to large boilers for electricity and/or heat.

Presentations planned are:

• Market development and steering instruments for bioenergy in Europe — Kent Nyström, vice-president of AEBIOM, Sweden;

• Standardization of pellets: the case study of physical and mechanical properties — Michael Temmerman, Agricultural Research Centre of Gembloux and partner of the BioNorm project, Belgium;

• The success story of pellets in the Austrian heat market — Kasimir P. Nemestothy, Austrian Energy Agency, Austria;

• Wood Pellet Manufacturing and utilization in North America — John Swaan, president/CEO of Pellet Flame, Canada and member of the Pellet Fuels Institute;

• CO 2 Emission Trading: opportunities for pellets production — Manfred Vohrer, Europaïsche Bioenergie Consult GmbH, chairman of the AEBIOM Working Group on Climate Change, Germany;

• Pellets production in Sweden — Elisabeth du Rietz, SBE Svensk BrikettEnergi AB, Sweden;

• Biomass resources in Russia and pellets business opportunities — Vladimir Bazhin, Russian Biofuel Association, Russia;

• Industrial visions by pellet production equipment manufacturers — California Pellet Mill, by H.D. Lange; Sprout Matador, by Lars T. Block; Promill Stolz, by Christophe Garnier; Amandus Kahl, by Bernd Ottlinger.


For those more concerned with the food chain, the Dutch company Spelderholt Poultry Consulting and Research, in association with the Dutch branch of the World Poultry Science Association and Victam are organizing the congress "Impact of Animal Feed on Human Health," which will explore the latest scientific and technological developments in safe and sustainable animal production.

Topics will include:

• Consumer demands and the strategies of retailers to control the food chain — Dr. Luc Vandamme, Carrefour, Belgium;

• Producing products consumers want — Ir. Gerd Hemke, CCL Research, The Netherlands;

• Microbes, the immune system and gut health — Prof. Bruno Goddeeris, Belgium;

• Enhancing nutritional value and health benefits of meat and eggs — Prof. Peter Surai, U.K.;

• Impact of animal production on local economies in Africa;

• New technology — Dr. Alexander Feil, IFF, Germany;

• New approaches of mycotoxin monitoring and prevention of their occurrence in feed and food products — Prof. Johanna Fink-Gremmels, The Netherlands;

• Prevention, control and management of viral diseases;

• The control of Salmonella in the animal production chain — Ir. Peter G. Oostenbach, Intervet International, The Netherlands;

• Meat quality as influenced by modern animal nutrition practices — Dr. B. Urlings, The Netherlands;

• Development of reliable traceability methods and systems to establish the origin/mode of production of food products — Reid Hole, Nutreco, The Netherlands;

• Development of cost effective tools for risk management and traceability systems for zoonotic agents and marine biotoxins in seafood;

• The growing influence of Codex on feed production world wide — Roger Gilbert, IFIF, U.K.


If you plan to attend the show, pre-register for free on-line by completing the form at the Victam website, Once you have filled out the form you will be able to print out a bar code. This bar code must be brought to the show where it will be scanned and then your entrance badge will be printed. The entrance badge will give you access to the exhibition for all three days of the event, free of charge.

You can also register on-site at the event, but you will be charged an administration fee of €20.00.

Show hours are Tuesday, May 11 – Thursday May 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Visitors will be able to browse exhibits from some 200 international companies, covering all aspects of grain and feed processing and handling. World Grain’s advertisers participating in the show invite you to call in at their booths to see their latest offerings.