6th Starch World Asia,

16-18 Jan, 2017 - Ho Chi Minh, VIETNAM

Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon

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"Future growth of Asia’s starch markets & competitiveness of raw materials – corn vs cassava"


"New policies and government support drives starch industry growth"


Scenario 1 – China’s corn policy movements and its impact on the cassava starch industry

Price supports and preferential tariff arrangements influences the development of the cassava and the starch industry. Global market for cassava remains highly oriented towards Asia, with East Asia (particularly China) having enormous influence on the market.


For Starch - Thailand exports around 45% of its cassava starch to China. while Vietnam’s starch exports of USD 928 million are also predominantly destined for the Chinese market.


Beyond starch, cassava chips are used in the livestock feed industry and as a feedstock into the ethanol industry.


Currently, the corn supply glut in China has spurred the government to initiate various policy moves and subsidies to support their farmers. As a result the cassava industry has started to feel the impact


Cassava exports fall with China demand


- Vietnam News: September, 09/2016


Scenario 2 – Vietnam & European Union signs trade agreement for 30,000 tonnes duty free quota of Vietnamese native tapioca starch

The free trade agreement allowing 30,000 tonnes of duty free quota for Vietnamese native tapioca starch will chip at approximately 8% of the EU pototo starch market.


In Asia and increasingly round the world,  cassava starch has become the starch of choice for many food and non-food applications due to its superior functional properties.


What are the new developments in other sources of starch that cannot be replaced by cassava ?


Scenario 3 -  Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's new policy agenda targets cassava and its value chain industry,

The export value of cassava for Vietnam is about US$1.3-1.5 billion annually, making it the country’s third largest export crop, after rice and coffee.


This burgeoning market represents a huge opportunity for smallholder farmers to earn more from a crop that requires little investment and can grow in very poor soil


Working with CIAT, scientists have discovered recent  new high-yield breeding varieties and  productivity of cassava has more than doubled.


Results of cassava trials and demonstrations conducted in some provinces have indicated that farmers have successfully improved their practices, and that new technology has boosted cassava yields. Trials show yield increases from 8.5 tonnes per ha to 36 tonnes per ha in some areas – four times more.

Scenario 4 -  Competition to supply from South America

International trade of cassava from South America has been constrained by high competition from Asia, where production and processing costs are lower. However, prospects for developing the industry looks good with interesting developments in harvesting equipments and waxy starch cassava varieties.


Aptly placed in Vietnam, CMT’s 6th Starch World ASIA will gather fresh new authoritative speakers that will share their challenges and concerns on ASIA’s starch market.


Key Highlights:

  • China’s corn movements ,the government’s subsidies on its corn processing industry and its implications
  • Vietnam's new policy agenda for developing the cassava and value chain industry
  • Outlook for Asian starch markets after last year’s adjustment in raw material’s prices
  • Outlook of tapioca starch and downstream industries : modified starch & starch syrup development in Vietnam
  • Biotechnology for sustainable cassava production
  • Sustainable production of cassava and challenges on getting from farm to factory – impact of market
  • Sharing our experience & expansion plans for Cambodia – From leading cassava starch producer
  • Finding added value from cassava byproduct after starch extraction – Case study in Laos
  • Creating shared value & helping to grow Philippines cassava industry
  • Competitive position of Paraguay’s cassava industry
  • Corn as an attractive feedstock for starch in Asia
  • Research and development progress of the key technology and equipment of potato and sweet potato staple food processing in China
  • Non chemical process hydrolyzed rice starch and flour
  • Enzymatically Synthesized BioGlycogen derived from plant starch for cosmetic and food ingredients
  • Value adding the starch industry – starch based biodegradable film


Do not delay. Book your seat early to enjoy Early Bird Discounts. Find out more from Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113


(17th January 2017, 13:30 pm - 17:30 pm) 


Separately Bookable Post-Summit Workshop on

Clean Label Starch Modifications


Starch, starch modifications and processing

  • Starch in general.
  • Overview starch industrial starch processing and modifications, the resulting functionality, analytical tools and application performance.


Clean label; just a phenomenon?

  • Labeling in general
  • Defining the clean label landscape, trends in the market, regulatory assets concerning clean label.

Traditional clean label modifications for starch

  • Overview clean label technologies that are currently allowed to be used; e.g. physically and enzymatically modifications and their related applications.


New approaches for clean label starch modifications

  • Trends in development for making clean label and healthy starches; e.g. novel processes for making inhibited starches, dextrination and encapsulation


Workshop Leaders


Mr. Maurice Essers ( MSC )


Maurice studied chemistry at the technical university in Aachen . His professional career started at the South African Paper and Pulp industry (SAPPI) at R&D Maastricht. Then he joined Cargill and was assigned in Bergen op Zoom, Cedar Rapids (USA) and Krefeld (Germany). The main focus in his research was about that time modification of starches for industrial applications. Then he moved to Syral, formerlyTate and Lyle (R&D Aalst, Belgium), were he worked on the development of food and industrial starches. Since 2008, he has been employed by TNO and working in the carbohydrate group in Zeist.  The focus of his work is on clean label modification of starches, healthy carbohydrates, development green processes for making industrial starches, carbohydrate analytics and project management.

Prof. Dr. Doede Binnema


Prof. Dr. Doede Binnema has more than 20 years experience in carbohydrate modification and characterization. He obtained his masters degree as biochemist at the University of Groningen. Subsequently he performed PhD research at the Gaubius Institute of TNO in Leiden on proteases involved in fibrinolysis. After a two year post-doc position at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, he became in 1990 head of the department Biochemistry of the Netherlands Institute of Carbohydrate Research TNO in Groningen. Between 1998 and 2009 he has been working as project manager/senior scientist at TNO Quality of Life, location Groningen. In this position he was involved in projects related to carbohydrate modification and ingredient development. From 2009 to 2011 he has worked as project manager Agri-Food & Life Sciences at Technology Center North Netherlands. Since 2011 he holds a professorship Functional Ingredients and Health at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen and is Programme Manager Food & Nutrition of the Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands and theme coordinator SME for the Carbohydrate Competence Center.


Separately Bookable Full day Post-Conference Site Visit to TANICHEM, Tay Ninh

(18th January 2017, 7:30 am  - 6:30 pm)




Tay Ninh Chemical Industry Joint Stock Company (TANICHEM) was established in August 2010 with major shareholders such as: Vietnam National Chemical Group (VINACHEM), Thanh Thanh Cong Tay Ninh Sugar Joint Stock Company (TTCS), Tay Ninh 30-4 Rubber Company Ltd., Tay Ninh 1-5 Rubber Company Ltd.


Tay Ninh province is the Cassava Capital for Vietnam and produces more than 1 Million tons of starch every year. It is closed to the Cambodian border and the area is filled with cassava plantations. TANICHEM is the first Sorbitol producer in Vietnam using natural tapioca starch as the main input materials with French advanced technology. The product quality meets European Standard.


Site-Visit Schedule

7:30 AM


Depart Eastin Hotel

10:45 AM


Arrive Tanichem (Tour for 1 and half hours. Also tour surrounding Cassava plantations)

12:45 AM


Leave Tay Ninh

1:30 PM


Stop for Lunch nearby

3:00 PM


Leave back to HCM

6:30 PM


Arrive hotel


5th Starch world Asia | 26 - 27 Jan 2016 - Bangkok, Thailand


"It is very informative both on new markets & opportunities and current status"

~ Matling Industrial & Commercial Corp.~


"I know more in starch trend and starch industries, Good with knowledge and new connections"

~ Sanguan Wongse Industries Co Ltd ~


Excellent! Growing Attendees. I am happy to meet our current & potential customers in the audience

~ Roquette Shanghai ~

"Excellent place for networking, plus a number of very interesting presentations covering a wide range of issues"

~ G. Larsson Starch Technology AB ~


"Market keep changing, we have to keep watch. Joining the conference is one good way to get the update & also biz connection"

~ PT Sorini Agro Asia Corporindo Tbk ~


Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

This event is an excellent platform to promote your organization to influential players and investors in the industry. Sponsorship opportunities available include Corporate, Exclusive luncheon & Cocktail sponsor.


Exhibition / catalogue display can be arranged upon request. Contact fiona@cmtsp.com.sg or (65) 6346 9138

News Feed

Vietnam’s cassava production surges, but exports volume came down in 2016

Posted on : 03 Jan, 2017


Vietnam is fast emerging as a key cassava producer and exporter. Vietnam exports USD 928 million worth of cassava – a large part of it goes to starch processors in China. Cassava is Vietnam's third largest export crop, after rice and coffee.


Not only Vietnam has doubled its cassava plantation area in recent years, it has also doubled its yield from 6 to 8 tonnes per ha to 19 tonnes per ha in 2015. This is largely due to the introduction of new high-yield breeding lines through collaboration with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and national partners in Vietnam and Thailand as well as scientists.


Vietnam also has a huge potential to boost cassava yield as recent trials indicate increases from 8.5 tonnes per ha to 36 tonnes per ha in some areas. With cassava as a cash crop is high on Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's agenda, the production is further expected to get a boost. This year, Vietnam also earned a 30,000 tonnes duty free quota for its native tapioca starch via trade agreement with the EU.


Cassava can be grown on small plots of land, it doesn’t require much care and it can grow in marginal upland conditions and tolerates stress, drought, heat and poor soil. Moreover, farmers also have the flexibility of growing cassava alongside other crops to spread their risk.


However, the decrease in demand from China has affected cassava exports from Vietnam in 2016. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), exports of cassava and cassava-based products have declined significantly in 2016 – with the export figure standing at 2.6 million tonnes worth US$700 million - down 14.5 percent year-on-year in volume and 22.5 percent in value. China accounted for nearly 86 per cent of the exports, but it was down to 32 per cent in value year-on-year as per the General Department of Việt Nam Customs data.


Vietnam’s cassava  shipments to South Korea, Japan and the Philippines were also down with only Malaysia buying 15.1 per cent more of its cassava.


More about Vietnam cassava production and exports at 6th Starch World Asia on 16-17 January, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh.


Find out more about the conference from Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.


Read more:

Growing demand sparks cassava boom in VN

Cassava exports fall with China demand

Rice Starch Products to get a boost with Ingredion’s Thai Acquisition

Posted on : 05 Dec, 2016


Global ingredients provider– Ingredion is all set to acquire Thailand based Sun Flour Industry’s rice starch and rice flour business.


Starch production is one of Ingredion’s main business and the acquisition of this company in Thailand’s Banglen is expected to help Ingredion expand its higher-value specialty ingredients business.


Rice is a key ingredient and an ‘on trend’ product in the market now, given it qualities of gluten free, non-GMO and hypoallergenic. Being of superior functionality, rice is suitable for a vast array of products such as baby foods, dairy products, snacks and gluten-free bakery.


The acquisition is expected to leverage on Sun Flour Industries’ dominance in the Thai agricultural industry while Ingredion’s global presence to expand the rice business.


The acquisition awaits mandatory approval from Thai government authorities as well as to other customary closing conditions.


Thailand is the largest producer of corn for the starch industry. Rice is also a major cash crop for Thailand. The new acquisition opens new opportunities for the rice starch industry.


More about rice starch and starch markets in Asia will be discussed at 6th Starch World Asia on 16-17 January, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh.


Find out more from Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.



Chinese Corn Processors may get Subsidies from government

Posted on : 04 Nov, 2016


China – the world’s second-biggest corn producer and consumer – has been facing a domestic glut for some time now. The country started to ease the glut with state stockpiling program. With domestic oversupply, the corn futures in China are at a decade low now and it has also brought down the starch prices. After ending its stockpiling program, China is selling the grain from reserves and reducing planting to curb the glut.


China’s corn processing industry is also in losses owing to a low demand from end users in the textile and paper industry. Analysts say the government is considering extending subsidies to the corn processing industry to boost demand before the harvesting season. The move is likely to help raise production capacity and enable farmers to sell grains. Market analysts say that subsidies of about 300 yuan ($45) to 400 yuan a ton may be offered to corn processors in Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces.


Jilin’s local government already offered a subsidy of 150 yuan a ton in the first half this year. Meanwhile in July, the finance ministry offered to allocate 30 billion yuan in subsidies to corn growers in four provinces.


According to the China National Grain and Oils Information Center, China’s corn production may total 219.5 million tons that will add to stockpiles that Shanghai JC Intelligence Co. estimates to exceed 250 million tons. The corn processing industry is expected to consume only about 60.7 million tons of corn in 2016-17, up from 56.4 million tons a year earlier.


What does the demand glut in China mean for producers in Vietnam, Thailand? Will China’s Starch industry revive?


More about China’s corn production and demand supply will be discussed at 6th Starch World Asia on 16-17 January, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh.


Find out more from Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.