January 29, 2017

30/01/2017: IAOM SEA 2016 event review

by Peter Parker

From the 10th - 11th October 2016, IAOM’s seventh South East Asian (SEA) annual regional meeting took place at the Intercontinental Hotel Bangkok, Thailand

The IAOM hosted event attracted millers and other members of the industry from all over but particularly from Thailand and nearby SEA countries such as the Philippines and Indonesia.

Comments from Industry solution providers suggested that whilst attendee numbers weren’t extremely high, the contacts being made were high quality, suggested because of the high standards set by the IAOM organization worldwide.

The mission of IAOM is to provide an international forum where one can learn best practices, network with colleagues, exchange ideas, and develop professionally. Exhibitors were set up on tables in an intimate but tidy hall laden with local Thai refreshments and manned coffee stations.

All of the big names in milling solutions were exhibiting there, taking advantage of the opportunity to network and develop an updated grasp of the industry needs in the region of rapid growth.

Reflected in the quality of the highly technical all-day Pre-Conference workshop presented by IAOM Treasurer and industry expert Joel Hoffa on “Mill Operations & Management”, was one of IAOM’s core interests – education.

Sessions ran throughout the two days in the categories of ‘What’s new’ and ‘educational sessions’, within which a wide range of milling technology developments and concepts were discussed. IAOM also took the opportunity to promote the resident milling courses they offer in collaboration with Buhler and Kansas State University in the USA.

One of the most popular educational sessions was a Q&A style discussion panel titled “Trends and Innovations in Milling”.

Facilitated by Joel Hoffa, the panel was made up of Industry experts, including Marco Galli, Technical Sales Manager at Ocrim SpA; Luigi Caterina, Area Manager for Mill Service SpA; Dr Anne Bridges, Technical Director of AACC International; Rachid Elkaham, Wheat and Quality Technical Manager of CBH Group; and Andreas Hummel, Area Sales Manager for Buhler.

The questions put forward were focused on food safety, wheat production trends and challenges in the SEA region.

Other topics included a changing labour force, the increasing requirement for energy and water efficient processes.

The requirement for skilled and experienced labour was a re-occurring topic, one issue the audience voiced was the potential for millers to leave a company after having invested so much into their training.

Mr Caterina received a laugh with the following story: The CEO of a flour mill is asked, “what if we put all this effort into training this guy and he leaves?”, and so the CEO replies, “sure, but what if we don’t train him and he stays!” When the panel sessions ended, the host Mr Hole informed us that IAOM intend to continue with such Q&A’s and wish for the audience to be as involved and responsive as possible.

Read the full article HERE.

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