Tuesday, December 12, 2017

PTN company profile

PTN’s (Pallet Technology Netherlands) mission is to produce and develop high-quality, reliable machines.

PTN strives to provide its customers with the following benefits through its products: higher yields lower energy consumption low maintenance requirements access to state-of-the-art technology.

As a globally operating, specialist manufacturer of pelletisers and related machinery it is their ambition to expand to become the most respected professional OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer).

According to the PTN website, “Our strategy for achieving this ambition is to: expand and consolidate the global network of professional sales and service points create a virtual and real image of professionalism, quality and innovation as well as a high level of standardisation and digital accessibility for strategic partners transform technology, know-how and competences into technical and commercial added value generate stable growth in sales and profit.”

PTN develops and manufactures all its products under its own management at two production sites in Schijndel. This means that PTN is able to build both standard products and products to meet customer specifications.

After the machines have been manufactured and installed at the customer’s site, their service department commissions the machines. In addition, the service department is also available should there be any problems or if the customer’s own technical department needs support.

Visit the PTN website, HERE.

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Aquaculture Extrusion MEA

A one day short course for aquafeed processing professionals
05 February 2018 Abu Dhabi, U.A.E

In association with International Aquafeed, Aquaculture without Frontiers CIO, TAMU and VIV, a one day short course for aqua feed processing professionals
A one-day short course for aqua feed processing professionals will be held on February 5, 2018 as part of VIV MEA 2018. The course will cost US$199 and be held at ADNEC, Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., there are 50 delegate places.
Aquaculture is the fastest developing sector in the world, accounting for nearly 50 percent of the world’s fish supply. Currently 100 percent of floating feed and about 60 percent of sinking feed is made by extrusion technology.
Traditionally, single-screw extruders are widely used for producing the feeds for low protein adult fishes such as tilapia, catfish, grass carp, etc. Basic extrusion technology has been around for a long time. It has been used in one form or another in the food and feed industries. There has been no revolutionary or significant development in extruder design. As the aquaculture sector grows, there is increasing aqua feed demand in the market.
There are hundreds of species of fish, which require a wide range of feeds. Some species need floating feed (catfish, carp), some of them need slow sinking feed (salmon, trout) and some of them need fast sinking feed (shrimp). The quality of the feed has a direct effect on fish reproduction, maturation, growth rate, uniformity of growth, and resistance to stress and diseases, mortality and water quality.
The feed industry experiences constant change to meet the needs of an evolving market. New processing technologies provide this industry the flexibility and efficiently to process a wide spectrum of foods that are trending toward increased complexity. Due to the rising demands of food production and necessary food per person, the consumption of fish increases dramatically.
In this one day course participants will learn about current status of aqua feed globally, principles and introduction to extrusion technology, selection of raw material and their properties for making aqua feed, grinding of raw material for making good quality pellet, extrusion of aqua feed, drying and cooling of aqua feed, optimizing aqua feed quality, and latest technology for the ingredients and finished product analysis.
This course is organised by the International aqua feed magazine and Dr Mian Riaz, world leader in extrusion technology from Texas A&M University.

  • 8.00 AM - Registration and Welcome
    Tuti Tan – International Aqua Feed Magazine
  • 8.30 AM - Introduction to Extrusion
    - Dr. Mian Riaz, Head Extrusion Technology Program, Texas A&M University, USA
  • 9.30 AM - Current up‐Date on Aqua Feed Globally
    - Roger Gilbert Editor International Aqua Feed Magazine
  • 10.00 AM - Coffee Break 
  • 10.15 AM - Raw Material Properties for Aqua Feed Extrusion
    - Dr. Mian Riaz, Head Extrusion Technology Program, Texas A&M University, USA
  • 11.00 AM - Grinding of Raw Material for the Aqua Feed - Benjamin Sleiman, CPM Europe B.V.
  • 12.00 PM - Lunch Break
  • 1.30 PM - Optimization of Aqua Feed Quality
    - Nicola Tallarico‐ Kemin
  • 2.15 PM - Extruded Aqua feed quality management; Relations between technology and extruded aqua feed quality
    - Thomas Ellegaard Mohr, ANDRITZ Feed & Biofuel
  • 3.00 PM - Coffee Break
  • 3.15 PM - Drying and Cooling of Aqua Feed
    - Josef W Barbi, E.S.E. & INTEC
  • 4.15PM - NIR analyser for ingredient and raw material
    - Per Lidén, Perten
  • 5.00 PM - Q&A 

The course is taking place as part of VIV MEA 2018, in association with:
International Aquafeed, Aquaculture Without Frontiers CIO, TAMU and VIV

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12/12/2017: Register now for the 2018 Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference, USA

Registration is now open for the upcoming Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference (PISC), to be held March 12-15, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas

Hosted by the American Feed Industry Association, the one-of-a-kind event attracts more than 600 feed ingredient buyers and sellers each year and is truly “where business gets done!”

“The Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference is a unique event held each year that provides members with an opportunity to meet hundreds of other feed ingredient buyers and sellers in one place,” said Veronica Rovelli, AFIA’s senior director of meetings and events. “In addition to the robust educational program, attendees can conduct business while making new connections and enjoying the planned networking programs.”

This year’s program will run Tuesday through Thursday and will include member favourites such as the golf tournament, sporting clays tournament, and receptions. Several speakers have been confirmed to date, including Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, who will speak about “Communicating Science in a Networked World,” and Dan Klein, author of My 3:59, who will share his story of living in the present and moving with purpose.

Additional details can be found on the agenda portion of the event’s website, HERE.

Register by Jan. 15 to receive the early-bird rate of $669 for AFIA members and $2,150 for non-members. Members can receive a $100 discount for registering online.

AFIA will again offer its “Buyers to PISC” program at the 2018 conference, which provides scholarships to buyers who are attending the conference for the first time. The Suppliers Showcase will also return for the third time and will be more prominently placed in the networking area than in previous years. There will also be a limited number of private meeting rooms available to members on a first come, first served basis.

More information on each of these opportunities can be found on the event’s website, HERE.

PISC registration is under a new format this year, with an improved event website and enhanced informational features. The change is intended to simplify and streamline the registration process for AFIA members. Registrants should contact Connie Samuels, AFIA’s manager of meetings and events, with any questions.

Visit the PISC event website, HERE.

Visit the AFIA website, HERE.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

12/12/2017: $56 million aqua feed production facility proposed for northern Tasmania, Australia

BioMar Australia have released plans to develop a $56 million aqua feed production facility in the state’s north, providing a significant boost to the local economy, job creation and the state’s growing aquaculture industry

Paddy Campbell, Managing Director of BioMar UK, Australia and the Northern Sea Region said the $56 million proposal would bring world class, state-of-the art fish feed innovation and production facilities to Wesley Vale in northern Tasmania. 

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman announces new BioMar feed factory
Image credit: BioMar
“Once operational, the facility will produce up to 110,000 tonnes per annum of aqua feed product to support the aquaculture industry, expecting to create 55 full time jobs and an additional 30 jobs across the region through indirect support, operational, port services and logistical roles,” Dr Campbell said.

The BioMar Group are leaders in the research and development of sustainable, high performance feed and look forward to welcoming Australia in to their global network. BioMar holds a well-established position in Tasmania as the leading supplier of high-quality fish feed for Atlantic salmon, since entering the local market in 2003. At present one in every three farmed salmon in Tasmania is fed BioMar fish feed products, which are currently being exported from Scotland.

“We are very grateful for the Tasmania Liberal Government’s commitment of $2.3 million towards this project and the support and of the Office of the Coordinator-General in securing the site in Wesley Vale.”

Dr Campbell said BioMar were proposing to construct the aqua feed production facility on the site of the former particle board manufacturing mill located at 329 Mill Road in Wesley Vale.

“This development proposal will also remediate and revitalise the Mill Road site, which has remained empty and abandoned for some time now,” he said. “We are currently in conversation with the local community to seek their input and feedback on the proposal concept, and we look forward to continuing this conversation throughout the development and construction phase of the project.”

Visit the BioMar website, HERE.

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12/12/2017: Entry for Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards now open

The 2018 Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards are now officially open for entry, enabling individuals and companies from all aspects of the industry to pit themselves against the crème de la crème of the UK’s aquaculture sector

The awards present a unique opportunity to recognise individuals, companies or organisations that have made the most significant contribution to the UK’s aquaculture industry over the last two years and entries and nominations are invited from the country’s producers, suppliers and academic institutions. Not only are they a means of celebrating and sharing best practice across the industry but they will also showcase the industry’s achievements to a wider audience, culminating in a spectacular awards dinner on the 23 May 2018, during the Aquaculture UK 2018 exhibition in Aviemore.

Organised by 5m Publishing, and supported by a number of commercial partners as sponsors, all categories are free to enter. The awards, previously run by The Crown Estate, consist of 12 categories, including three brand new ones, and reflect the diversity of the UK aquaculture industry. As well as a thriving salmon sector, which is breaking all manner of records in terms of sales, the UK is also currently seeing a boom in the production of wrasse and lumpsuckers, an increase in farmed halibut and trout and new highs in mussel and oyster production.

“The former Crown Estate Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards were a key highlight on the industry calendar, championing the great work going on across the sector in terms of husbandry, innovation and environmental sustainability, and Scottish Sea Farms considers itself honoured to feature amongst the past winners,” reflects Jim Gallagher, MD of Scottish Sea Farms – winners of two categories, including Best Aquaculture Company, in 2015.

“For this same spirit of recognition and reward to continue under the new Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards can only be a good thing for the sector, further fuelling ambition to not just deliver but continually drive forward best practice,” he adds.

“We are delighted that the awards have been resurrected and will definitely be putting in an application for the same category this year,” says Dougie Johnson, sales director of Akva Scotland, who won the Supplier of the Year award in 2015.

At a time when a new generation is being attracted to aquaculture it is also important to pick out the likely future leaders of the industry, whose potential is being celebrated through the debut inclusion of a Rising Star Award. And, while the winners of 11 of the categories will be chosen by a panel of eminent industry judges, this year a new award, ‘the People’s Choice’, will be chosen by the wider industry, giving all those present at Aquaculture UK, and further afield, the chance to vote for the people who’ve helped to inspire their careers in this thriving sector.

These awards are open to everyone involved in the UK aquaculture industry, no matter how large or small, who:

• Employ the highest standards of aquaculture husbandry.
• Supply aquaculture products to local, national and international markets.
• Farm with a high level of environmental awareness and deliver a high-quality product.

Entries are invited for companies and individuals for the following awards categories:

• Finfish Farm Manager of the Year
• Shellfish Farm Manager of the Year
• Outstanding Contribution to Industry
• Aquaculture Seafood Product of the Year
• Aquaculture Supplier of the Year
• Rising Star

The remaining four awards are based on nominations:

• Community Initiative Award
• Business Development Award
• Stewardship and Sustainability Award
• Innovation Award

To find out more about each of the categories and to enter or nominate visit the website, HERE, and complete the online forms. All entries and nominations will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Awards timetable
A full list of categories and details of how to enter the awards can be found on the awards website, HERE.

The closing date for entries Monday 5 March 2018.

The shortlists will be announced in early April and followed by the awards ceremony on Wednesday 23 May 2018 during the Aquaculture UK exhibition in Aviemore.

For more information visit the website, HERE, or email info@aquacultureuk.com.

Visit the Aquaculture UK website, HERE.

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12/12/2017: Level playing field for EU feed and livestock production should be maintained

FEFAC fully supports the call from Copa-Cogeca for a strong, competitive, market-oriented CAP with common and simple rules across the EU following the European Commission publication on The Future of Food & Farming Communication, outlining the challenges and opportunities of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2020
 FEFAC welcomes in principle the EU Commission’s intention to take a pragmatic approach and apply more flexibility taking into account the diversity of EU agriculture. FEFAC members, however, share concerns about potentially unintended consequences which could give rise to market distortions and jeopardise the level playing field between Member States.

In FEFAC’s view, the European Commission needs to strengthen its role as guardian of the Treaty, thus preventing a further widening of the scope for national derogations and exemptions which could undermine the CAP.

FEFAC recalls its preliminary position on the CAP post 2020 which called for a rebalanced CAP strengthening the economic viability of the EU livestock sector. FEFAC welcomes the overall orientation in the CAP Communication to favour more sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming methods in the future CAP, which will enable farmers to meet the commitments to the Sustainable Developments Goals and the COP21 climate change objectives.

To this end, FEFAC calls for more publicly funded research, including animal nutrition science projects, to further reduce livestock-related GHG emissions while identifying effective mitigation strategies.

The European feed industry has heavily invested in a common methodology at EU and global level (PEFCR for feed & GFLI Feed LCA database project) to measure the environmental performance of feed production and is ready to provide assistance to livestock farmers to reduce their environmental footprint while improving animal performance and resource efficiency.

In addition, FEFAC is also committed to support the European Commission in the development of the new European Protein Plan, expected by the end of 2018.

FEFAC recommends to EU policymakers to take a fully comprehensive approach that covers the strategic need to maintain market access to highly concentrated protein sources which are essential to promote sustainable feeding strategies in Europe.

Visit the FEFAC website, HERE.

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Bühler company profile

There are plenty of good reasons for Bühler’s success: Personal commitment, clever entrepreneurial decision-making, a high level of sensitivity to the changing needs of the market, and a core business that has become a byword for quality and consistency, founded on the distinct power to innovate.

Tackling the challenges of the period and of the market have always played a role in shaping the direction of the company. This is simply something that Buhler has always done, and when it comes to generating benefits and added value for our customers, we have always been a step ahead.

Bühler is a specialist and technology partner for plant and equipment and related services for processing basic foods and manufacturing high-grade materials. The Group is a global market leader in the supply of flour production plants, pasta and chocolate production lines, fish and animal feed manufacturing installations, and aluminium die casting systems.

The core technologies of the Group are in the field of mechanical and thermal process engineering. With its expertise and over 150 years of experience, Bühler time and again rolls out unique and innovative solutions for its customers, helping them achieve success in the marketplace.

Over the decades Bühler has come to be acknowledged as a reliable partner thanks to its distinct commitment to quality and its global presence.

Bühler Group operates in over 140 countries, has a global payroll of 7860, and generated sales revenues of CHF1907 million in fiscal 2010.

Visit the website HERE.

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