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Victam International 2011 - A review from Cologne, Germany

Victam International 2011 - A review from Cologne, Germany

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Victam 2011 brought with it a lot of changes: A change of frequency – being held once every three years to every four years (as the previous one had been held on 2007); a change of localisation from - Utrecht (in The Netherlands) to Cologne, Germany; a change in its appeal - as Fiapp (an exhibition for ingredient and additive manufacturers) and Grapas (an exhibition for flour, pasta and rice milling and general grain processing for foodstuffs) became co-located exhibition following the success of an expanded show at Victam Asia.
Victam 2011 brought with it a lot of changes: A change of frequency – being held once every three years to every four years (as the previous one had been held on 2007); a change of localisation from - Utrecht (in The Netherlands) to Cologne, Germany; a change in its appeal - as Fiapp (an exhibition for ingredient and additive manufacturers) and Grapas (an exhibition for flour, pasta and rice milling and general grain processing for foodstuffs) became co-located exhibition following the success of an expanded show at Victam Asia.

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Published by: International Aquafeed magazine on Jul 05, 2011
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International Aquafeed is published five times a year by Perendale Publishers Ltd of the United Kingdom. All data is published in good faith, based on information received, and while every care is taken to prevent inaccuracies,the publishers accept no liability for any errors or omissions or for the consequences of action taken on the basis of information published.©Copyright 2009 Perendale Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any formor by any means without prior permission of the copyright owner. Printed by Perendale Publishers Ltd. ISSN: 1464-0058
 July | August 2011Feature title: Victam International 2011 - A review from Cologne, Germany
F: Victam 2011
ictam 2011 brought with ita lot of changes: A changeof frequency – being heldonce every three years toevery four years (as the previous onehad been held on 2007); a change of localisation from - Utrecht (in TheNetherlands) to Cologne, Germany;a change in its appeal - as Fiapp (anexhibition for ingredient and additivemanufacturers) and Grapas (an exhi-bition for flour, pasta and rice millingand general grain processing for food-stuffs) became co-located exhibitionfollowing the success of an expandedshow at Victam Asia.
But the fundamentals were still there:international feed industry, new technologyand innovation, meeting with conferences.Paradigm change takeing placeWith a more convenient localisation toexpress their growth, the Victam, GRAPASand FIAPP 2011 shows had been a greatsuccess both for exhibitors or visitors.Easy-to-reach by train, air and car, easy-to-park, easy-to-lodge in a city which offer-ing enough rooms to accommodate anynumber of visitors and finally, on local tramlines to accommodate everyone.The change from Utrecht in TheNetherlands to Cologne in Germany seemsto have been well accepted by visitors. Theonly exception to a smooth transfer weresome technical issues with regard to thelack of signage to conferences rooms, whichthe exposition park missed providing.Exhibitors are still evaluating their expe-riences and expressing their views to theorganisation so, over the next few months,more details will be available regarding thesuccess of the change and decisions to betaken with regard to the next Europeanshow.Belying the change in location there isa real paradigm change taking place withinour indusries: Western Europe is no morethe centre of the feed universe, NorthAfrica and Eastern Europe emergence areemerging as strong realities. Without over-looking the development of Middle Eastand Asia – showing up as either establishedvisitors or exhibitors.The number of Chinese exhibitors hasgrown remarkably and they are looking forbusiness in Europe and Africa, and not justwithin the Asian region: Victam Bangkok 2012 - to be held next February - is muchmore dedicated to be representative of theregion. At Victam International in Colognemore than 17 Chineses exhibitors and fourother Asian firms exhibited.Even if connected, our industry hadseen this direction in growth for VictamInternational as early as the 1990s. Nowit is much more evident, as it had beenclear at the beginning of 2008 in Bangkok during Victam Asia, that a more centralEuropean venue for Victam Internationalwas necesary.
Big machines – big displays
First impressions of the show were thatthis was the real thing! With real and bigmachines on display. Visitors wanted to seeand to touch and even smell the real thing.The immediate impression was aboutsize: big, big machinery which begs thequestion, does the feed industry really giveany thought to energy cost? Of course notyou would think, but just look at Stolz andits work about optimisation of the dryingprocess in connection with the Frenchtechnical center Tecaliman.There were innovation looking at whatmight seems minor details as to the reparti-tion of particle size reduction throughgrinding, as the easiest change of spareparts, through to the cleaning concepts nowincluded on many machines.Another field that appeared to be acommon thread throughout the show wason-line control, either to control humidity/moisture or protein content. If we can easilysee the interest in those control measuresand the automatic regulation of the process
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parameters for dealing with moisture, weare still waiting to see how we might useon-line protein control to regulate theprocess.Pelleting technology to be used in theproduction of bioenergy was also evidentat the show.
Bioenergy and pelleting
The biomass part of the exhibitionis completely connected with the feedtechnology and visitors began showing aninterest in this technology as early as 2007during the previous Victam International inUtrecht.Some 40 millions tonnes of pellets mightbe produced in Europe by the bioenergyindustry by 2020: this market might over-take the investment in feed equipment if itfullfills its promise and reaches this target,expressed during the European BiomasseAssociation conference Aebiom. It had beenheld on May 5, 2011. It should come at nosurprise that some of the main exhibitorsand sponsored for this event are strongplayers in the feed sector – to name a fewthey include, Andritz, CPM, Kahl, Latgran,Poyry, VDB and Vapo.The estimation for world output of bioenergy pellets by 2015 is a massive23.5 million tonnes. Europe is expected toproduce 10 million tonnes of that - less thanthe half of world output. However, aas earlyas 2008, European bioenergy pellet produc-tion reached 6.3 tonnes - which mean thatalready Europe was accounting for morethan half of total production of 11.8 milliontonnes at that time.The fastest growth might well occurin North America where output was just2.9 million tonnes in 2008 with an esti-mated target of 7.7 million tonnes by 2015.Production is partly assured on machinesfrom previously feed or other operationswould need. But in 2010, over capacity hadbeen significant throughout the world, fromone-third in Germany to more than doublein USA. So investments in this sector willneed to wait a little for the new year tocome.The feed-related co-located showsFIAPP, the feed ingredients and feedadditives show, didn’t seem as importantregarding the number of exhibitors takingspace, but are going their road. The EPApress conference about probiotics is point-ing this fact.At the end of the 1980s, the firstEuropean conference which launched thedebate between probiotics and antibiotics,for example, had already taken place atHuhn and Shwein (the previous name forEurotier) in Germany. Maybe this pressmeeting signaled the real installation of additives and ingredients as a part of thisglobal show?As visitors to Victam International aremostly technologists, they might be moreinterested in the technical constraints oradvantages of one ingredient over another,but the show must drive buyers to developthis part of Victam.Despite this consideration, the confer-ences gave some driving force to FIAPP.For example the seaweed productsof Ocean Harvest showed its interest inaquafeed as a substitute of premixes withits range of minerals and vitamins (apart forB group vitamins which mightbe found on yeast products).GRAPAS, the grain (GRA)and pasta (PAS) show tar-geted flour milling, gain andrice processing as well as pasta and noodleproduction industries. These industries areusing some of the same technologies thatare used in the feed sector and it is quiteclear there is sound synergies here.
Pellets for bioenergy 
Around 100 participants attendedthis event: It proved a great successfor Aebiom (the European Biomass
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specifications used by fishmeal producersand purchasers.As explained Joseph P Kearns fromWenger, the developing trend in aquafeedplants is to ensure feed safety throughoutthe production process. A strategic pathto accomplish this would be to assessand design the facility with attention toraw materials and their storage, plantequipment design, processing or operatingprocedure, final product efficacy and theoverall culture of day-to-day operation of the plant.As Urs Wuest from Buhler said, thechanging requirement in the aquafeedindustry translate into a demand for spe-cific technical requirement such as extru-sion technology.
Ingredients and additives
Eufetech, the European Feed TechnologyCenter, and Linx Conferences proposed aconference focusing on feed safety andformulation advances.Eufetech brings together animal feedmanufacturers, academia and research-ers from: Bemefa (Belgium), FEFAC andFEFANA (UE), Cesfac (Spain), Tecaliman(France), Wageningen (The Netherlands),Ghent University (Belgium), FINSV(Serbia), Isan (Italy), University of Nottingham (UK).Since 1995, the EU has required feedmanufacturers to estimate the mixing andcross contamination risk on their plants.The pressure from this regulation hascontinuously grown and the last Directive(08/09) limited the carryover from threeto one percent for coccidiostics, depend-ing on whether or not it is target feeds.In this context, Tecaliman had devel-oped, beginning 20 years ago, rules toevaluate mixing capability of a mixer andcross contamination levels in plants. Thetechnical centre promotes a method usingexternal micro-tracer which became rec-ognize as a reference in Europe.The quality of new raw material asdistillers dried grain depend of the proc-ess on the plant as Kip Karges of PoetNutrition showed. Ilvo from Belgium hadevaluated the nutritional value of wheatDDGS for ruminants and pig.During the conference, a wide rangeof other topics had been presented, formGMP+ to enzymes as additives for upgrad-ing the nutritive value of poultry diets con-taining sunflower meal and the potential of organic trace minerals to improve animalhealth and reduce environmental impact of animal production systems.ticated price regulation tools are becom-ing available, a sign that the market isbecoming a worldwide commodity. Withthe market growth, raw material diver-sification will become crucial: the useof new raw materials such as straw andhay (which poses questions about com-petition with feed), corn cobs, sunflowerhusks, peanut shells and other biomassoffers a realistic opportunity for futurediversification. The general pattern is thesame as with feed: not to allow spoilageor waste of any resource.Finally, biomass quality is perceivedas essential in achieving successful mar-ket development. The ENplus qualitycertification is developing: 60 percentof Germany and 90 percent of Austriaproduction capacities are expected to becertified at the end of 2011.
Organised byLinx Conferencesin associationwith Nofima, theNorwan ResearchInstitute, and spon-sored by Buhler,Aquafeed Horizonwas attended bymore than 100participants look-ing for the latestdevelopmentsin aquatic feedproduction.For example,handling, storageand transport of feeds lead to attritionof pellets.Undersized particles represent loss andpoor utilisation of feed resources.Thus, feed with high physical pellet qual-ity is in demand. However, physical proper-ties affect the nutritional value of feeds.Research shows that feed intake appears tobe the main factor when evaluating pelletquality, but several other factors such aspellet durability, nutrient digestibility and fatbelching must be taken into considerationwhen searching for the most economicaland sustainable pellet quality.Hardness and durability combined withlow, medium or high water and steaminput in the extrusion process show differ-ent impacts on feed intake and fish growth.Those data can be used by the industryto better understand and correct theobserved variance in extrusion properties,pellet quality and to improve the productAssociation) which had been held on thelast day of the show.It focused on the market and on theopportunity for the pelleting technology.It shows some advantages: energy den-sity, logistics, lower investments in plants …the pellet demand might reach 229TWh in2020, 68 percent solid biomass, 50 percentpellets.For Jean-Marc Jossart (of Aeobiom), thedemand for pellets will reach 42 milliontonnes worldwide by then. Sweden withits two million tonnes (500Kt of import) of wood pellets and Germany (at 1.6 milliontonnes or nearly self-sufficient) have beenthe major European markets in 2009.The globalization of the pellet sectoropens up worldwide supply with the trans-port and logistical implication of the pellettransfer from regions with high biomasspotential to high consumption regions.Price index and more and more sophis-
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