Victam International moves to Cologne

07-11-2008 | |
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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