7th Starch World ASIA,

23-25 Jan, 2018 - Siem Reap, CAMBODIA

Sokha Siem Reap Resort & Convention Center

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"Developing Innovative Platforms to Enhance Competitiveness of Cassava Starch & Its Sustainable Production"


"Recent Advancements in Waxy Tapioca Starch, Functional Properties & Applications"


The much anticipated 7th Starch World ASIA to be held in Siem Reap Cambodia on the 23-25th January 2018  comes at an opportune time as the Cambodian government gets serious about addressing priorities in the country’s cassava sector and setting up a national cassava policy to boost the production chain, seek new markets, attract investment in cassava processing and promote the livelihood of cassava farmers.

"Cassava policy in the pipeline"
~ September 6, 2017, The Khmer Times


Asia’s leading  cassava starch stakeholders are investing into value added  high quality products and advocating policies to drive innovation and competitiveness of cassava starch.

"Thai Wah has budgeted Bt2 billion to expand its capacity to produce tapioca, cellophane noodles and other high-value products for export to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam this year under a plan to boost total sales to Bt10 billion in 2019"
~ March 07, 2017 The Nation

"Indonesian company makes eco-bags from cassava starch"
~ August 04 , 2017, FreshFruitPortal.com


Indonesia is a large importer of cassava starch and starch based products. The rising affluent market  and changing diets will further drive consumption of products derived from starch , particularly cassava starch which is considered the gluten free alternative for noodles and other baking products. It has been tested in laboratories that up to 25% mocaf ( modified cassava flour ) substitution in instant noodles would not alter the taste and texture profiles of the noodles.


There are plans to revolutionize the cassava industry to build a local market for mocaf. This could be a viable solution to the crops and incomes of the country’s farmers for Indonesia.

"Elsewhere, in Vietnam, the Ministry of Finance has turned down proposals by the Vietnam Cassava Association (VCA) for preferential policies similar to those for rice and sugar to ensure its sustainable development"
~ September 29 2017, Vietnam News


This move clearly contradicts the government’s effort to  meet demand for E5 fuel production, which is becoming increasingly urgent in light of a planned ban starting in 2018 on A92 oil-based fuel. Vietnam’s cassava industry has a tough call. To ensure the efficient operation of ethanol plants to meet demand for E5 fuel production, Vietnam must develop stable, high productivity cassava production as a source for these biofuels.


Widely attended by global food ingredient companies, starch producers, endusers and all stakeholders in the supply chain, we invite you to register quickly and book your seats to the 7th Starch World ASIA with key highlights including sessions below
  • Asia starch market outlook and cassava competitiveness
    With growing cassava capacities in the region, can Asia provide a new supply base for feed amino acid production ?
  • Developing cassava varieties with high amylopectin content ( waxy tapioca  starch ) and recent advancements
    What are the breeding &agronomic issues related to waxy cassava and what are their key functional properties


  • Organic Starches and applications
    Ciranda shares their experience on securing and using organic starches from all over the world


  • China's corn policy and its  impact on Asia’s starch market - an update
    Rabobank explores the latest corn policies in China and its implications


  • Accelerating cassava production in Cambodia


  • Developing Cambodia’s cassava downstream industry and value-added activities


  • Productivity & Sustainability of Cassava Production in Laos
    Can Laos cassava industry rise up to the challenge? Together with 2 leading starch producers – KPN Tapioca and Asian Agronomy, SNV will share on latest development on sustainability of Laos cassava industry


  • Developing an innovation platform
    Thai Wah, the region’s leading starch producer announces its expansion plans in the Mekong region and what lies ahead


  • Indonesia’s competitiveness as a sustainable cassava starch producer – how far are we  and what is the future outlook?
    With lack of government support, Indonesia’s cassava industry needs new boost, new opportunities to develop the local market

  • Modified cassava flour – new opportunities for Indonesia


  • Cassava Bio-Ethanol E5 production and distribution situation in Vietnam
    Status of the Vietnamese cassava industry and how to progress cassava bioethanol production


  • Cassava production in the Philippines & opportunities for downstream processing


  • Modified corn starch market in India


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 Plus, optional and separately bookable tour has been arranged to BAI (Battambang Agro Industry), Cambodia’s leading starch producer, followed by a visit to the cassava propagation center in the University of Battambang where they will showcase the UBB farm which is breeding virus-free cassava.

CMT Starch World Series

CMT’s Starch World kick-started in Asia, and today has moved to the Middle East, Europe and recently Americas.


The Series brings together players from the Starch World – leaders, professionals from agro industrial crops & plantation companies, enzymes suppliers, traders & buyers of starch & starch derivatives, raw material suppliers, ethanol producers, machinery suppliers for starch processing and many others. The Series is today vouched by many as a must attend industry meet.


In terms of coverage, the Series has evolved to encompass a wide range of topics from – regional starch market outlook, feedstock competition – between corn and cassava, specialty starches, starches & derivatives markets, sugar market outlook, to food trends such as clean labels, gluten-free and more. 


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Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

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

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Strategic Summit on Asia’s Cassava Starch Prospects, Policy Changes, Innovations opens on 23-25 January 2018

Posted on : 12 Dec, 2017


CMT’s 7th Starch World ASIA will convene at the Sokha Siem Reap Resort & Convention Center on 23-25 January, 2018. The summit focuses on the initiatives to boost cassava and cassava starch production across Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and other Asian nations as well as competition, new markets and applications.



International starch and sweeteners supply chain players will join authoritative speakers leading the discussions – Simon Bentley, MD of Commoditia takes a look at Asia’s starch market outlook and cassava competitiveness. He analyzes whether Asia’s cassava industry can provide a new supply base for feed amino acid production. A key session on ‘Developing Cassava Varieties with High Amylopectin Content (Waxy Tapioca Starch) and Recent Advancements’ is presented by Dr. Hernan Ceballos, Cassava Breeder, CIAT. Dr. Ceballos provides insights on breeding, genetic and agronomic issues related to waxy cassava and its key functional properties.


In tune with the government’s national cassava policy, Cambodia’s cassava plantation and processing is a major highlight at the event. Day 1 is packed with 3 sessions on Cambodia’s fast growing cassava sector – ‘Accelerating Cassava Production in Cambodia’ presented by University of Battambang focusing on production of disease free cassava seedlings in Battambang province and the role of the Cassava Production and Distribution Center (CPDC). This is followed by Battambang Agro Industry Co. session on ‘Developing Cambodia’s cassava downstream industry and value-added activities’ and ‘Project Cassava in Cambodia – An Update’ by HLH Agriculture Division and HLH Group.


For deeper understanding of Cambodia’s cassava starch industry, a site visit to Battambang Agro Industry & Cassava propagation and distribution centre, University of Battambang is arranged on 23 Jan.


A notable presentation at the summit is by Ho Ren Hua, CEO, Thai Wah Starch on ‘Developing an Innovation Platform’ with focus on their investments in Cambodia. Sharing its experience of collaborating with organic tapioca producers is Hans Friese, CEO, Ciranda.


The event’s other Asia focused starch sessions are:

  • Productivity & Sustainability of Cassava Production in Laos - SNV
  • Perspective from Cassava Companies in Laos - A brief view factory, processing line, production capacities, expansion plans – KPN Tapioca Factory and Asian Agronomy Company
  • Indonesia’s Competitiveness as a Sustainable Cassava Starch Producer - PT Budi Starch & Sweetener
  • Modified Cassava Flour – New Opportunities for Indonesia - University of Jember
  • Cassava Bio-Ethanol E5 production and distribution situation in Vietnam - Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT)
  • Cassava Production in the Philippines & Opportunities for Downstream Processing - Department of Agriculture & Food
  • Modified Corn Starch Market in India - ShreeGluco Biotech
  • China‘s Corn Policy and Its Impact on Asia’s Starch Market – Rabobank Shanghai

Organized by Centre for Management Technology (CMT), this Summit is very timely with its comprehensive discussion of policy issues, spectrum, deployment and processing challenges for Asia’s starch industry. It is an opportune platform to explore areas for collaboration & cooperation between local and international players as well as form partnerships with event exhibitors G-Force, Vettertec, AVA and Trislot.


Visit 7th Starch World ASIA website for more details or contact Ms. Huiyan Fu at +65 6346 9113.

Thai Wah to acquire two tapioca plants in ASEAN

Posted on : 16 Nov, 2017


Thailand’s tapioca products manufacturer – Thai Wah is expected to acquire two production plants in Thailand and Vietnam. The two acquisitions are said to be at an investment of approximately $30 million (1 billion baht).

According to the company, the deals are anticipated to be closed by end of 2017. Cassava market is growing considerably with high demand from food sector that use the root plant as starch and other products. There is high demand for tapioca in China too that is fueling the industry. 

Thai Wah caters majorly to China and Taiwan. The company has an 8.4 per cent market share in China’s tapioca starch industry and 18.6 per cent in Taiwan. The two markets consume 57 per cent of the company’s exports. Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia and USA also import Thai Wah’s cassava products. 

Thai Wah also has other expansion plans in Asia. It is also building a starch noodle production plant in Cambodia that will have an annual capacity of 30,000 tonnes. In addition, it is also  establishing a vermicelli manufacturing plant with an annual capacity of 3,000 tonnes in Vietnam. Both are expected to commence operations in 2018. 

Learn more tapioca starch production in Asia at CMT’s 7th Starch World ASIA on 23-25 January, 2018 in Siem Reap, CAMBODIA.

Contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113 for more details.


Cambodia Aims to Export Cassava to China

Posted on : 13 Oct, 2017


Cambodia had a total 770,000 hectares of land under cassava cultivation last year – up from 574,000 hectares and 400,000 hectares in 2015 and 2014 respectively, according to its Ministry of Commerce. 

Cambodia primarily exports its cassava to Thailand and Vietnam – enabled by the good transport systems with these countries. 

For Cambodia to add more markets for cassava at competitive prices, the country has to sell its cassava to China  – the world’s biggest market for the tuberous root. According to Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak, “the government is speeding up exports of cassava products to China after the countries reached general specialized preference (GSP) and sanitary and phyto-sanitary agreements.”

Although Cambodia already exports cassava products to China – the quantities are marginal – mostly exported by traders directly and indirectly.

For the cassava trade with China to be operational, Cambodia also has to address challenges such as high cost of transport to China.

Another area that needs to be addressed is the price of cassava. As per analysts, the government does not subsidize the sector so cassava prices depend on export market rates. So the prices are determined by the amount of cassava exports to neighboring countries. The prices are low as Cambodia lacks factories for processing the tuberous root.

One way to address the problem is through government intervention to stabilize prices during periods of market fluctuations that will help protect farmers’ income.

According to some researchers, cassava grown in Cambodia should be processed into animal feed and starch – that way cassava can find a market within the country.

Learn more about Cambodia’s cassava starch markets at CMT’s 7th Starch World ASIA on 23-25 January, 2018 in Siem Reap, CAMBODIA.

Contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113 for more details.