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Victam International moves to Cologne

The President of the Victam foundation, Andre Oosterveld and Victam's General Manager, Henk van de Bunt (pictured), in a press conference have announced the new dates and locations for future Victam events.

The next Victam Asia will be from 3-5 March 2010 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand.

The next Victam International will be from 3-5 May, 2011 at the Koeln Messe in Cologne, Germany.

The last Victam International exhibition was held in 2007 in Utrecht, The Netherlands and previously had a 3-year cycle. The Victam board, however decided to wait another year and move the show to 2011. This way it will not be in the same year as the show in Bangkok.

"It is not that we now will go for a 4-year cycle. After every event we decide when the next one will be held and this decision is independent of what the general public assumes to be regular cycles," said Van de Bunt.

New additions
Apart from moving the exhibition to Germany, there will be more changes. New for Victam Asia in 2010 will be greater emphasis on biomass and bio-energy.

A new show is also to be introduced: GRAPAS Asia 2010. This will be an affiliated event to Victam for the suppliers of equipment, technology and ingredients for flour milling, grain and rice processing, and pasta and noodle production.

"With the added importance of grain derived bio-energy and the increasing consumption of Western-style baked products this important market needs an exhibition and conferences of its own," Van de Bunt says.

GRAPAS will also be an integral part of Victam International 2011 in Cologne. Here also FIAAP, the exhibition for the feed additives manufacturers will be present. This extension to the Victam Asia event in 2008 was highly successful and will also be continued in 2010 in Bangkok.

Benefits of Koeln Messe

Van de Bunt and Oosterveld emphasise the many benefits for moving the exhibitions and conferences to Cologne.

Koeln Messe has excellent new pillar-less exhibition halls, conference rooms and restaurant facilities. Because Cologne is a typical exhibition city, hotel facilities are abundant.

It is very easy and well accessible by car (highway up until the exhibition centre), rail (own station) and airline (low cost airline airport next door).

"Beside these facilities Germany has an important animal feed market, a large flour milling industry and is at the forefront in Europe in the biomass market," Van de Bunt says.

"We are very excited to move to this modern facility and I hope and think our exhibitors as well," he adds.

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