HCM CITY (VNS)— The eighth Propak Viet Nam, the country's most important international food, drink, and pharmaceutical processing and packaging exhibition, opened yesterday in HCM City.
The International Processing, Filling and Packaging Exhibition, which is being held along with the International Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Processing, Filling, Packaging and Ingredients Exhibition (Pharmatech Viet Nam), has brought together more than 250 exhibitors from 29 countries.
It showcases the latest products and technologies used in bar coding, printing and labelling, beverage brewing, process control, automation/drives and control/energy efficiency, plastics processing, and pollution control.
Justin Pau, general manager of Bangkok Exhibition Services Ltd, the organiser, said: "Propak Viet Nam's objective is to present the leading and latest processing and packaging machinery and technology.
"About 80 per cent of them will be environmentally friendly ones."
There is great opportunity for developing food and pharmaceutical processing and packaging in Viet Nam considering agricultural exports grew by 33 per cent in 2011 and the pharmaceutical market would grow by 19 per cent this year.
A World Bank business environment survey found Viet Nam's food, drink, and drugs industries to be more competitive than those of Indonesia and the Philippines.
Today there will be a conference on "Food security – emerging issues for food industry management" organised by the Viet Nam Association of Food Science and Technology.
A seminar titled "Safe Food and Clean Drinking Water: Application of Common Food Safety Management Systems" is scheduled for tomorrow by the Viet Nam Association of Testing Laboratories.
The exhibition, held at the Sai Gon Exhibition and Convention Centre by Bangkok Exhibition Services Ltd in collaboration with the VCCI Exhibition Services Ltd, will go until tomorrow. — VNS