Months before the shows opened their doors, the Feed Ingredients & Additives Asia Pacific (FIAAP) and Victam Asia 2010 already promised to be larger than the last show held in Bangkok in 2008. Despite a weak global economy, the combined show, to be held March 3-5 in the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok is growing while other events have been cancelled, postponed or just decreased in size.

One key reason why, says Victam International General Manager Henk van de Bunt, is that markets within Southeast Asia have not been so adversely affected by the economic slowdown. In addition, he says, local industries were able to respond more easily and quickly to the strengthening market factors now influencing the region and the industries served by the shows.

What the show offers

Victam Asia features suppliers of equipment and technology used in the processing and production of animal feeds, dry pet food and aqua feeds, while FIAAP Asia focus is on specialist ingredients, additives and formulation technology used with the feed production cycle.

Making a statement

He says exhibitors are making a statement of confidence in the future investment and expansion of the feed and dry pet food markets of South and Southeast Aisa and China. It is also a sign of confidence that attendees will be of the right calibre and comprise nutritionists, feed formulators, mill and production managers, veterinarians, and company executives. van de Bunt also added that the series of technical conferences and workshops that is supporting the 2010 event will bring senior technical executives to the event.

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Conferences and workshops will include the GRAPAS Conference, the FIAAP Conferences, Petfood Forum Asia 2010 (see sidebar), Biomass—Pellets Update 2010, the Aquafeed Workshop, and the Thai Feed Conference.

Co-located with GRAPAS

The Victam and FIAAP shows are co-located with GRAPAS Asia 2010, a new exhibition and technical conference for rice and flour milling, grain storage and processing, industrial noodle and pasta production, and breakfast cereal and extruded snack production. For more information, see www.grapas.eu.

For a complete list of current exhibitors and technical conferences, see www.victam.com, and www.fiaap.com.