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Skiold, international specialists in feed milling, pig farming and grain processing systems aim to bring the latest innovations in the sector to the Asian Market. Yen Thi Vu, managing director at Skiold Vietnam, speaks to Far Eastern Agriculture at VIV Asia 2017
Catering to three broad business areas, feed milling, pig farming and grain processing, Skiold aims to bring the latest innovations and cutting edge technology in these sectors to the Asian market.
“We came to the Asian market two years ago and we started with Vietnam, which is also our main market in South East Asia at the moment. Besides Vietnam, we have clients in Malaysia, Singapore and we will soon begin operations in Myanmar,” Yen Thi Vu, managing director at Skiold Vietnam says.
Speaking about the importance of the Asian market, Vu said, “We aim to expand in South East Asia because the market here is growing very fast. We are aiming to expand in Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao and Philippines.”
The company has a strong presence in Vietnam. Vu explains, “Vietnam is a very open market. The government has introduced new policies to support investors. For example, they have a new policy where investors in pig farms are not levied an import tax for procuring material from anywhere. Subsidies are also offered for companies and steps have been taken to make it easy for companies to acquire land. The Vietnamese government encourages farmers to invest in modern farms where they use advanced technology to derive the best results from their farm.”
Skiold currently has many major projects running in Asia. In Vietnam, Skiold has signed a contract with Viet Duc Int Nutrition in for a Skiold Disc mill as well as complete conveying equipment and control system. Viet Duc aims to increase production from 130 to 230 tonnes of feed for pigs and poultry per day. Currently they are using a hammer mill. By adding a Skiold disc mill, Viet Duc anticipates to reduce power consumption by 50 per cent per tonne of feed manufactured on the disc mill compared to the hammer mill. This is a major saving, due to the fact that electricity costs in Vietnam are high.
Skiold has also supplied a new 25 t/h feed production plant for the largest and most advanced cow farm in South East Asia. TH Milk has 45,000 milking cows, and anticipates an annual production of 500 million litres of milk from 2017. The feed milling plant is built on a total area of 22 Ha in Nghe An, Vietnam. The feed milling plant, which will be completed this year, is complete with raw material cleaning, floor storage, dosing, grinding, mixing, handling of ready feed, and control system.
The Skiold stall at VIV Asia displayed some of the company’s large range of products for feed milling and pig farming. “We have had good response at the show. The stall is full of people, we have never seen so many clients before at previous editions of this show,” Vu adds.