Fiaap, Victam & Grapas Asia 2012 were held for the 9th time but for the first time at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Bangkok, Thailand from 15 – 17 February 2012. Exhibitors valued the exhibition with 8.3 points out of 10.
Victam, Fiaap and Grapas Asia attracted 166 exhibitors from 29 different countries. Exhibitors were asked to complete a questionnaire in order to assess the event and also to assist us as the organizers.
When asked about the general organization of the event the average score, 10 being the highest, was 8.3, an improvement of 0.3 on the 2010 show. The quality of the wireless internet connection received an exceptionally low mark, due to malfunctioning of the system.
While visitors now were transported by minibus from the Skytrain to the exhibit hall, the BITEC management have also assured that the air-conditioned walkway from Bang Na railway station will be completed shortly and thus available at the next issue of the show.
Quality is the key word
Over the three days of the exhibition there were 6,198 visitors to the shows; an increase of 10% on the 2010 event, and over 550 delegates attended the conferences. The visitors came from 73 countries.
Once again “quality” was the word being used to describe the entire event. The visitors described the exhibits as high quality, the exhibitors said the same for the visitors and delegates also confirmed the quality of the conferences.
Over one third of all visitors to the exhibitions were of director level, again demonstrating the high level of the quality and status of the visitors. Many had travelled from all over South & South East Asia.
The exhibitions now co-located with the Victam show also proved popular. The Grapas show, grain processing, rice and flour milling, brought in new visitors and almost 48% of all the visitors were interested in the Grapas exhibitors.
The feed ingredients and additives exhibition – Fiaap, attracted a lot of interest; 52% of the visitors were interested in this exhibition. A number of these visitors commented that they would like to see more ingredient and additive suppliers at the 2014 exhibition.
Victam International B.V. has tentatively reserved Halls 103 and 104 again at BITEC for the 2014 event. Unfortunately the exhibition halls were not available in February or March 2014 so for just that year the exhibitions and conferences will be held from 8-10 April, 2014.
This will enable the event to avoid Chinese New Year and local public holidays. In 2016 the event will return in February/early March.