IAOM, AEMIC team up for event

by Arvin Donley
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The International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) Eurasia District will for the first time join the Association of Cereal Industry Trades Alumni (AEMIC) as they convene their 61st JTIC to create one of the biggest international events for the milling and cereal industries.

The joint event will be held Oct. 13-15 at the Convention Centre in Reims, France. Last year’s JTIC attracted nearly 2,400 participants and more than 100 exhibitors to its trade show. The fourth annual IAOM Eurasia District meeting, which was held in Moscow, Russia last September, drew more than 250 participants and featured an exhibition with equipment from 37 companies.

This year’s conference will be preceded by a Flour Fortification Initiative workshop.

"We are excited to be teaming up with AEMIC for this annual meeting," said IAOM Executive Vice-President Melinda Farris. "We feel that the collaboration will benefit both organizations. The JTIC is a well-established event with attendance numbers in the thousands, so we are thrilled to have the members in our nascent district exposed to the network offered through AEMIC and the JTIC."

The IAOM portion of the meeting will convene at 2 p.m. on Oct. 15, with a short technical session followed by a district business meeting.

Nearly 3,000 French and foreign visitors, the majority of which are heads of companies and decision-makers in the cereals sector, are expected to attend the three-day event. More than 100 exhibitors who supply equipment to the cereals and milling industries will display their latest technology Oct. 14-15.

In addition, numerous workshops and technical sessions will be scheduled during the AEMIC portion of the event, with translations available in English and Russian.

For registration information, visit the IAOM website (www.iaom.info/eurasia).

MIDEAST & AFRICA DISTRICT MEETING

The 2010 IAOM Mideast & Africa (MEA) District meeting is set for Nov. 22-25 at the Westin Grand Hotel and Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel and the Cape Town International Convention Center in Cape Town, South Africa.

This marks the first time in the event’s 21-year history that it will be held in South Africa, which has thriving maize and wheat milling industries.

Topics being added to this year’s educational program include finance, cost management, human resources and safety.

"The IAOM MEA District Conference and Trade Show has evolved into one of the premier milling industry events," said IAOM President Bart Hahlweg. "Last year in Turkey, the Leadership Council decided to expand the breadth of educational offerings on the conference program to include management topics. I am confident that this initiative will further enhance the experience of conference attendees. The conference will feature presentations on facility and employee management, two topics that have become critical to improving operations at milling facilities around the world."

A welcome reception is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The conference officially begins the following day with technical sessions scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the expo running from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Traders’ Dinner will take place that evening from 7:30 to 10:30.

A trading seminar highlights the second day of the conference, with the seminar and the expo both scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. The expo reopens that afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. The dinner that evening will be sponsored by the U.S. Wheat Associates.

The final day of the conference will feature a "What’s New?" program from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in which suppliers to the milling industry will talk about their latest products and services. Hours for the expo on Nov. 25 will be 9 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. South Africa’s National Chamber of Milling and DSM Unlimited will sponsor the Gala Dinner that evening from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

More details about the educational programs will be in the September issue of World Grain.

For registration information or other inquiries about the event, visit the IAOM Mideast & Africa District website (www.iaom-mea.com) or contact Eva Mulyana, conference manager, at info@iaom-mea.com.

LATIN AMERICAN MEETING

This year’s IAOM Latin American District technical conference will be held Nov. 7 at the Cartagena Hilton Hotel in Cartagena, Colombia. It marks the second straight year that the Latin American District is holding its meeting at the same location as the Latin American Industrial Milling Association (ALIM), which will conduct its 28th annual conference Nov. 7-11 in Cartagena.

Prior to last year, the Latin American District had always held its annual meeting as part of the annual IAOM Conference and Expo in North America. But several years of low attendance led to the decision to move the meeting to Latin America. The strategy seemed to work as more than 100 delegates — the largest turnout in many years — attended last year’s conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Event organizers are hoping for at least 150 delegates at this year’s Latin American District meeting, which will feature a "What’s New?" session highlighting the latest products and services offered to the milling industry, as well as technical sessions.

More details about the "What’s New?" and technical programs will be in the September issue of World Grain.

For more information about the event or to register, visit www.iaom.info/conferences/latinamerica/conf_la.htm.

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