For professionals in the international poultry industry, the upcoming VIV Asia, to be held 13-15 March, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand, will be an event not to miss. The 11th edition of the show presents a full range of exhibitors from the feed to meat chain – with seminars and congresses on offer for everybody in the poultry industry.
Almost 600 exhibitors from 40 countries, filling six full halls of the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). Add to that about 25,000 expected visitors from across the Middle East to Oceania and from India to Japan. These figures alone should convince that VIV Asia 2013 has a broad selection on offer, comprising global market leaders and regional as well as national Asian players of importance. With Aquatic Asia 2013 co-located with VIV Asia, professionals active in the production of pork, poultry meat, eggs, fish and dairy all have valid reasons to meet up in Bangkok in March.While many international livestock shows these days go for more and bigger, VIV Asia deliberately chooses to keep the total surface area of the show relatively concise, zooming in on quality rather than quantity. Events like the Rabobank conference and the Animal Health Summit, designed for CEO-levels, testify to this approach, explains Ruwan Berculo, project manager VIV, Asia-Pacific & Europe. “We want to stand out as theevent where agricultural companies can present themselves in a business environment.”
Several side-events are available for visitors from the international poultry business. The show’s opening ceremony will consist of five parts and will take place in the Grand Hall, second floor and starts at 10.30 am on March 13.
The next day, on March 14, there is the conference, ‘Developments in the animal protein sector: A multi-species approach’. This CEO-level conference, co-hosted by Rabobank, starting at 10.30 am, presents developments in feed manufacturing, poultry breeding, pig breeding and aquaculture.
On March 14, another option is to visit the Animal Health Summit Asia. This two-tier event focuses on the reduction of antibiotics in the livestock industry – related to the current increase in antibiotic resistance, which has led to a worldwide discussion. The widespread occurrence of multi-resistant bacteria is considered to be a threat for future human and animal health. The safety of meat and eggs and the discussion on how to deal with this worldwide problem in the Asian markets is the theme of this summit.
From 10.30 am until 1.30 pm, several seminars with speakers from different exhibitors will present their vision and related solutions on reducing antibiotics in livestock production tomorrow. Shortly after the morning session, a two-hour CEO-level conference runs from 2-4 pm. Four international keynote speakers present the global context as well as specific best practices related to the reduction of antibiotics in livestock production.
MeatTech Asia 2013
A new feature to VIV Asia is MeatTech Asia 2013, representing international suppliers active in technology to slaughter and process pig and poultry meat. Throughout Asia, the demand for equipment and new technology has experienced a massive boost as slaughterhouse operators and meat processors search for efficient systems to speed up processing, manage food safety and reduce costs in terms of manpower, floor space and energy. Opportunities associated with the launch of the Asean Economic Community in 2015 are also fostering increased investment and upgrading of processing and packaging lines. It is these advances that will be addressed at MeatTech Asia 2013. This special feature consists of a presentation of 25 suppliers at the exhibition, representing some 40 brands of equipment for slaughtering and meat processing.
In addition to the MeatTech Pavilion at the exhibition, a conference called ‘Automation in Action’, will showcase various companies presenting their vision on the contribution of automation to specific items of meat slaughter, processing and packaging equipment. These happen on both 13 and 14 March, from 2-4 pm.
For other interesting events, please check the above box ‘Events at VIV Asia’.
Events at VIV Asia 2013 and poultry-related highlights:
• Mycotoxins & Salmonella 2013: One day paid conference (Imperial Queens Park Hotel, Bangkok; March 12, 8 am – 4.15 pm)
• Incubation 2013: One-day paid conference on incubation (Imperial Queens Park Hotel, Bangkok; March 12, 8 am – 4.15 pm)
• WPC 2016 – Beijing, China: Poultry conference set up by WPSA China Branch and CAAV (March 13)
• WPSA Conference: ‘Poultry health in an Asian perspective’: Two conferences on global topics (March 13, 2-4 pm)
• Exhibitor seminars: One-hour exhibitor presentations (March 13-15, 10 am onwards)
• Indonesia partner country seminar: International investment opportunities in the Indonesian poultry industry (March 14, 10 am-noon)
• The Philippines partner country seminar: International investment opportunities in the Philippine livestock industry (March 14, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm)
• Animal Husbandry Association of Thailand Conference: Event in Thai only (March 14, 1-5 pm)
• Nutrition seminar: International keynote presentations, with e.g. ‘The future of enzymes in poultry feed’ by Christos Antipatis, DSM (March 14, 2-4 pm)
• GlobalGAP: ‘Good Agricultural Practices’ (March 15, 10.30-11.30 am)
• Country pavilions: Presenting exhibitors from feed to meat; Belgium, China, France, Israel, Korea, Spain, Thailand, the Netherlands, United Kingdom (BPA), USA (all days)
**Source: World Poultry magazine 29. 1