Victam Asia 2012

by Yanne Boloh
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Held Feb. 15-17 in a brand new venue, Victam Asia 2012, Asia’s largest dedicated international feed and grain show, attracted hundreds of delegates from the feed, rice milling and grain processing industries.

The exhibition center at the new Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Center, located 15 minutes from downtown Bangkok, featured three different but complementary expos: Victam Asia 2012, FIAAP Asia 2012 and GRAPAS Asia 2012.

Companies exhibiting their products and services at the show were pleased with the large turnout.

“The first day was really busy as soon as the show opened,” said Hao Yun, board chairman of Zhengchang Group. “We seemed to have even more local visitors from Asian countries than last time. They showed interest for our innovation, which is increased capacity. Our biggest pellet mill can produce up to 45 or even 55 tonnes per hour and preconditioning increases even more than this. The first one will run very soon in a new plant in China. In the spring, this plant will produce 140 tonnes of feed per hour with three lines and room for a fourth one to meet the growing demand for poultry feed products.”

Turkey was well represented at the exhibition with companies such as BBCA, Altinbilec, Meko and Ugur displaying their latest technology.

 “Our idea is to enter the Asian market as we already export to 49 countries, from the Middle East and North Africa to Eastern European countries such as Ukraine and Romania. At the moment, Asian markets seem more price-oriented, but we entered our first negotiation, and we can see that quality is also important. And people have shown interest in our ability to build turnkey solutions,” said Arman Hezer, assistant general manager for BBCA.

Shane Knuston, AGI’s director of international sales, said business has been good in Asia.

“We’ve already built 70 installations in China,” Knuston said. “They appreciate our ability to build complete systems. Design varies, of course, regarding the different kinds of material to handle. The novelty is the increasing customized solutions for each material.”

STIF President Manuel Burgos showcased his company’s belt conveyors during the exhibition.

“STIF’s solutions for controlling the main part of the belt during grain handling has been observed by visitors as well as exhibitors,” he said. “This quality system ensures the right positioning of the belt, avoiding deportation or the wrong speed.”


Along with the exhibitions, the event featured several conferences including the FIAAP Conference 2012, which focused on feed ingredients, Petfood Forum Asia 2012, Aquafeed Horizons Asia 2012, GRAPAS Asia 2012, Thai Feed Conference 2012 and Bioenergy International — Pellets Update Asia.

Aquafeed Horizons Asia presented advances in processing (advances in extrusion) and formulations, mainly focusing on solution to substitute fishmeal in aquafeed.

The Aquafeed conference included an extrusion workshop, led by international extrusion consultant Peter Hutchinson, which focused on practical extrusion and diet development for extrusion processing.

The practical extrusion portion of the program focused on feed extrusion principals, incorporating screw designs, screw profiles, die design, extruder trouble shooting, drying and cooling.

Diet development for extrusion processing focused on sourcing locally available material, matching extruder profile to formulation, die design in relation to species and high retention (water stable) diets, optimizing the pellet through extruder settings (cook, minimizing nutritional damage, stability and density) and basic quality control.

FIAAP Asia focused on availability, opportunities and quality through nutrition innovations. It included a review of the feed market in Asia Pacific by Eric Brooks, senior analyst, eFeedLink.

The Petfood Forum featured presentations on demand trends for the product in Asia. The problem of mycotoxin contamination and possible solutions were addressed.

The theme of the GRAPAS conference was guaranteeing food and feed safety through greater use of technology in the control of product quality at each step of the milling process, from raw material collection through processing-to-product dispatch.

Innovation awards

During the exhibition, awards were given to the companies displaying the most innovative and economically beneficial equipment, process or service and which send a dossier to apply.

Wenger Manufacturing’s Extrusion System for High Capacity Small Diameter Aquafeed Production received the first Aquafeed Innovation Award for contributions to the advancement of aquafeed.

The award recognizes the creativity and ingenuity of the supply sector in meeting the very specialized needs of the aquafeed manufacturing industry. The award was presented by the publisher of, Suzi Dominy.

“That aquaculture is the fastest growing livestock sector in the world is largely thanks to the development of feeds for a vast and growing array of species,” Dominy said. “We wanted to recognize the achievements of the supply sector in providing products that help grow and develop the aquaculture feed industry. We have a very worthy winner in Wenger Manufacturing.

“Wenger’s new extrusion system, designed specifically for aquatic feed processing, is a real step forward. Our panel was impressed by the array of new features, and that it can increase production rates by three to five times for small diameter aquatic feeds — and for shrimp feeds in particular.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Wenger Manufacturing, Joe Kearns, aquaculture process engineering manager, said: “It was an honor to actually have an entry for the first ever Aquafeed Innovation Award and it is a greater honor to receive this award on behalf of Wenger Manufacturing.

A strong field of contenders resulted in Highly Commended Awards in two categories: technology and ingredients and additives.

The Highly Commended Award for feed technology recognized Geelen Counterflow for its Postconditioner MkII. The new double deck post conditioner for pelleted shrimp feed provides high temperature conditioning after pelleting, before drying and cooling.

The Highly Commended Award for feed ingredients and additives was awarded to Dr. Eckel GmbH for its product AntaPhyt Aqua, a customized combination of organic acids with special plant extracts and other components that were specially developed for their palatability and efficacy in aquaculture. The resulting performance boosting product can be incorporated in all kinds of aquafeeds for a wide range of species.

The 2012 Victam Award for Milling was won by FOSS in recognition of its inline flour production monitoring solution called ProFoss Flour. It is an inline process analysis solution employing high resolution technology for accurate monitoring of the flour milling process.

The ProFoss analyzer is available with dedicated interfaces based on reflectance or transmittance technology, whichever is best suited for each application area. Measurements are done directly on the moving sample in the process stream. A high-intensity dual-lamp light source illuminates the sample directly or through an optical fiber. The light interacts with the sample and the reflected or transmitted light is measured by the diode array sensor. The backup lamp in the dual lamp system secures uptime and analytical accuracy is unchanged even after switching to a new lamp.

The complete wavelength range is measured instantaneously enabling measurements also on fast moving samples with high accuracy. Calibrations are transferable between units ensuring easy expansion to other measurement points. Integration to process regulations systems can be done through the FOSS OPC interface

Bühler AG won the second prize for its new Dolomit roller mill, which features high grinding performance and consistency in the processing of wheat and buckwheat, durum, maize, rye, barley, spelt, millet and sorghum.