Food & Beverage Asia Aug/Sep 2018

SHOW REVIEW AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2018 FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA 59 We are still progressing and learning about food cultures in these markets to better understand their needs.” ProPak Asia 2019 Space at the 27 th edition of ProPak Asia is already in high demand from both exhibitors and the international pavilions. ProPak Asia 2019 will return from 12-15 June at Halls 98 to 106, BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand to continue its mission of serving Asia’s processing and packaging industries with the best machines and technologies from across the globe. P roPak Asia 2018, held from 13-16 June, once again achieved success through their continued commitment to provide the latest machines, technologies, and solutions for the processing & packaging industries. For 26 years, ProPak Asia has served as a platformto connectmanufacturers and suppliers with solutions for optimising and enhancing their capabilities, while visitors are able to explore current trends, such as IoT machines, robot co-workers, and manufacturing systems simulations. In line with demand for digital technologies, Mr. Timo Frankl, Head of Sales Digitalisation Asia/Pacifc, Krones gave a presentation on ReadyKit – the latest IT solution for line optimisation. ReadyKit provides a system for consistent IT interlinkage of your ̬lling lines that procures raw data from production machines and creates information from them. This year was bigger than ever both in exhibition space and the number of attendees. ProPak Asia 2018 presented 1,581 exhibitors from 44 countries, and 18 international pavilions, attracting 48,799 buyers from 79 countries. The number of overseas buyers also increased signi̬cantly, up 10.8% from the previous year with the top 12 Asian countries attending. ProPak Asia remains an important platform for companies such as Buhler and The Japan Food Machinery Manufacturers’ Association to gain access to the Asia market at large. W i t h r e g a r d s t o t h e s how i t s e l f , Mr. Vianney d’Hostel, Regional Marketing Manager, Buhler (Thailand) Ltd. commented. “It was a good show for us – we had many customers from Thailand, Philippines and Myanmar as well as visitors from the milling, rice, seeds, pepper and co ̫ ee industries. We also garnered interest from those in the bakery and confectionery sectors, thanks to our decision to feature Haas, our newly acquired confectionery solutions provider, for the first time at our booth this year. Overall, it was an interesting exhibition, and worth participating in.” Mr. Masaru, Aihara, Vice Chairperson, The Japan Food Machinery Manufacturers’ Association shared, “Our aim is to provide people with equipment that enables the production of safe and healthy foods. We started expanding from Japan firstly to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. We kickstarted our efforts through the participation of industry trade shows in recent years such as ProPak Asia and Food and Hotel Asia in Thailand and Singapore respectively. PROPAK ASIA 2018 Asia’s premier industry trade show was attended by quality visitors and served as an important platform for the exchange of industry knowledge, machines and technologies. Mr. Vianney d’Hostel, Regional Marketing Manager, Buhler (Thailand) Ltd. Mr. Masaru, Aihara, Vice Chairperson, The Japan Food Machinery Manufacturers’ Association )%$