The 5th Asian-European Business Innovation Congress (AEBIC) took place in Bangkok on November 14-15, 2017 at the Athenee Hotel, a luxury collection hotel, and at the Food Innopolis Technopark in Thailand. Delegates from different countries participated in the event dedicated to the main theme: FOOD INNOPOLIS - Innovation in the Food Industry.

The main objective of the AEBIC Bangkok 2017 was to explore new market trends, products, services, and technological innovation in the food industry in the ASEAN region. During the two-day program, participants had a good opportunity to discuss important issues such as food safety, process optimization, and industry 4.0.

Chairman of the Asian-European Business Innovation Congress Council and Managing Director of the Center for strategic intercultural communication GmbH, Dr. Konstantin Schamber, said: “For the first time the Asian-European Business Innovation Congress took place in Thailand and we are honored to start our cooperation with the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) Thailand supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Thailand. With such respected players as the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation ASEAN, Siemens Thailand, the Thailand Management Association, we are glad to establish business relationships within this very dynamic region.”

The plenary sessions on Day 1 were opened by Dr. Kitipong Promwong, Secretary General of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) who illustrated the Thai government’s role in supporting innovation for sustainability. Dr. Promwong emphasized the government’s efforts in ushering Thailand towards an innovation-based economy, bringing to light the government’s long-term technology policy involving technology localization, industrial diversification and industry technology deepening, as well as regulatory policies involving provisions for tax exemptions for targeted industries and for R&D and innovation expenditures, the establishment of economic zones of innovation, and the drafting of national startup promotion programs and laws.

The second session was devoted to the digitalization process in food and beverage manufacturing presented by Mr. Alexander Samuel Grimm, Head of Vertical Food & Beverage ASEAN, Digital Factory Division Siemens, Singapore. Among others, Mr. Grimm introduced the notion of a holistic approach in food and beverage production digitalization, stressing the key role of communication and connectivity between and among different players, lines and disciplines throughout the entire value chain. Mr. Alexander Samuel Grimm said: “For Siemens the Food & Beverage industry in Thailand shows big potential and with the Thailand 4.0 initiative an innovative environment for the development towards digitalization. The AEBIC has been a very good platform to get in touch with Thailand food associations as well as food & beverage producers to discuss the current status and the future needs like standardization as a first step”.

The session on novel food was facilitated by Mr. Smith Taweelerdniti, Managing Diretor of Nithi Foods, who discussed the global trends for novel food and Mr. Matthew Godfrey, Chief Executive Officer, Nutrition Innovation, Singapore who discussed open innovation in novel food. Mr. Taweelerdniti pointed out that the global trends for novel food introduces an economy of speed in the food industry, wherein time to market is critical, and consequently gives rise to the necessity of outsourcing science; while Mr. Godfrey stressed that for innovation to be successful, it must be collaborative.

The food safety and standard session was led by Ms. Cyndy Au, Regional Director for Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Asia Pacific, Dupont Nutrition and Health who emphasized bringing to consumers the message that they have a right to expect that the food they purchase and consume is safe and of high quality. Dr. Rutjawate Taharnklaew, DVM, Vice President, Research and Development Center, Betagro Group followed with his presentation, stressing that what we choose to eat “is a big deal”.

The session on supply chain and service innovation in the food sector started with the presentation on international collaboration opportunities in food innovation at Fraunhofer Food Chain Management Alliance by Mr. Ralf Opierzynski, Head of Office of Fraunhofer IFF ASEAN Regional Office Thailand. A discussion by Mr. Motoyuki Hazu, Executive Officer, General Manager, Overseas Business Development Division, Nichirei Logistics Group Inc. Thailand on innovative solutions in logistics through the use of transfer centers followed. Mr. Ralf Opierzynski said: “The Fraunhofer Food Chain Management Alliance Germany has been conducting projects in the field of food innovation in collaboration with Food Innopolis / STI Thailand since 2016. The AEBIC event offered us an excellent platform to foster existing but also initiate new partnerships with representatives from the government, academic and private sector from Thailand and the ASEAN region. The variety of topics presented such as novel food, food standards, logistics, digitalization and industry 4.0, the feedback and fruitful discussions with some of the more than 140 participants and the strong commitment by Thai stakeholders are very promising indicators and encourage us to intensify and extent our mutual collaborations in the field of food innovation in Thailand”.

The plenary sessions were rounded off by a discussion of Thailand’s Food Industry 4.0 policy by a panel of experts composed of Dr. Akkharawit Kanjana-opas, Deputy Secretary General, National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI), and Chief Executive Officer, Food Innopolis, Thailand; Mr. Alexander Samuel Grimm; Mr. Anan Chaikitwattana, Department Manager of Ingredient Business, Tipco Biotech; and Dr. Magnus Bergkvist, Open Innovation Lead, Global Innovation Incubator, Thai Union Group. The discussion, moderated by STI’s Dr. Porramate Chumyin, raised several points relating to the impact and future of Thailand’s food industry, including the Thai government’s effort to build an open innovation ecosystem and infrastructure to assist the food industry in doing research and responding to global food requirements. The panel of experts pointed out that the food and beverage industry is changing, and global food requirements are becoming increasingly individual. Therefore, both technology-based flexibility to create new business models and international networks for collaboration are important for companies in order for them to adapt to change. In addition, the panel agreed that education is key in creating a more innovative mindset.

On Day 2, delegates visited the Food Innopolis at the Thailand Science Park and were introduced into its service platforms, such as joint R&D or contract research, raw materials or ingredients sourcing, database of experts, one-stop-shop for related government transactions, etc., as well as its infrastructure for leasing of equipment, pilot plants and laboratories.

The AEBIC Bangkok is organized by the Center for strategic intercultural communication GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation ASEAN Regional Office Thailand. Co-organizers are the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Thailand, the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) Thailand, the Thailand Management Association, The Food Innopolis Technopark, and the Association of Medium-Sized Enterprises - MITTELSTAND INTERNATIONAL. The main industry sponsor of the AEBIC event in Thailand was Siemens Thailand.
 

The 5th Asian-European Business Innovation Congress (AEBIC) will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on November 14, 2017 at the hotel Dusit Thani Bangkok. Delegates from different continents will participate in the event dedicated to the main theme: FOOD INNOPOLIS - Innovation in the Food Industry.

The main objective of the AEBIC Bangkok is to explore new market trends, products, services, and technological innovation in the food industry.

Chairman of the Asian-European Business Innovation Congress Council and Managing Director of the Center for strategic intercultural communication GmbH, Dr. Konstantin Schamber, said regarding the upcoming event: “The 5th Asian-European Business Innovation Congress will take place in Thailand and will focus on important issues such as food safety, process optimization, and industry 4.0. Our main intention is to let recognized experts discuss latest developments as well as to find new forms of cooperation in in the entire ASEAN region”.

The AEBIC is a strategic venue for top executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators, professionals, investors, and academics to join in practical expert-led workshops and exclusive business meetings with leading decision-makers.

Guided by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, the principal aim of the AEBIC is to establish an interdisciplinary business interaction platform for industry representatives, government officials, the science community and society as a whole to address compelling competitiveness issues of a radically evolving globalized marketplace within the context of a dialogue on social responsibility.

The AEBIC Bangkok is organized by the Center for strategic intercultural communication GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation ASEAN Regional Office Thailand. Co-organizers are the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Thailand, the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) Thailand, and the Association of Medium-Sized Enterprises - MITTELSTAND INTERNATIONAL. One of the main industry sponsors of the AEBIC event in Thailand is Siemens Thailand.

 

The National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) Thailand became an official co-organizer of the V Asian-European Business Innovation Congress in Bangkok.

The realization of the National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Act serves as the foundation for Thailand’s science, technology and innovation policy for the 21st century. The goal is to unify science, technology and innovation commitments among public agencies and to strengthen the collaboration with and among the private sector, academia, and research institutes.For more information about STI Thailand, please visit: www.sti.or.th

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Thailand became an official co-organizer of the V Asian-European Business Innovation Congress in Bangkok.

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) is presently tasked with forwarding the policy and strategic plan for science, technology and innovation and seeing to its effective and substantive implementation, both in terms of research and development as well as in terms of creating cooperative mechanisms between all sectors of society, with a view to promoting economic benefits and enhancing quality of life. For more information about MOST Thailand, please visit: www.most.go.th

SIEMENS Thailand became an official sponsor of the V Asian-European Business Innovation Congress in Bangkok.

Siemens AG is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. For more information about SIEMENS Thailand, please visit: www.siemens.com

The 4th Asian-European Business Innovation Congress (AEBIC) took place in Moscow on May 26, 2017 at the Moscow City Government building, Russia. Delegates from three continents participated in the event dedicated to the main theme: Asia - Russia - Europe: Perspectives of business cooperation.

The aim of the Congress in Moscow was the creation of an interaction platform to develop and strengthen business cooperation between companies and institutions from East and West in the field of small and medium-sized enterprises, industrial and innovative growth, modern corporate development and public-private partnerships.
Chairman of the Asian-European Business Innovation Congress Council and Managing Director of the Center for strategic intercultural communication GmbH, Dr. Konstantin Schamber said: «The 4th Asian-European Business Innovation Congress took place in Moscow and we are confident that it became a kind of symbolic action that representatives of small and medium enterprises from Asia and Europe are ready to meet in Russia to create and continue economic, scientific and cultural interaction between East and West».

The theme of the first plenary session was "Perspective of trade and economic development between Asia and Europe". Dozens of experts discussed issues regarding legal platforms "Eurasian Union" and "One Belt - One Road (OBOR)", and answered questions on how small and medium-sized enterprises can realize their interests within the framework of cooperation between China, CIS countries and EU. In their speeches, the participants stressed that Russia is an independent player, uniting and consolidating the Eurasian space.

“I was deeply impressed by the positive evaluation and interests given by speakers and audience members from different countries and industries regarding the opportunities of trade and economic development and cooperation between Asian and European countries. I am particularly happy to see that Russian and Central Asian business communities positively evaluate the One Belt and One Road Initiative of China. During the Asian-European Business Innovation Congress I was able to talk to and exchange views with Russian lawyers and professors of law who expressed interests in legal education and legal services with Chinese counterparts in relation to One Belt and One Road Initiative on the platform of “The Innovation and Cooperation Centre for OBOR Legal Studies”. This not only has law schools as members but also law firms from OBOR countries. I do believe that the Russian and Chinese legal professions need to have more exchanges of information and cooperation in legal research, education, legislation and services. The Asian-European Business Innovation Congress is a very valuable platform for the business cooperation between China and European and Central Asian countries.” – said Dr. Xu Guojian, General Secretary of “The Innovation and Cooperation Centre for OBOR Legal Studies”, Vice Chairman of China Society of Private International Law, and Managing Partner of Boss & Young, Attorneys at Law.

The second plenary session was devoted to innovative solutions for logistics, trade, production and energy, as well as the risks of digitalization and the prospects for using renewable energy in Eurasia and the introduction of industry 4.0 into business. Russia’s leading experts in industrial design such as Vladimir Pirozhkov, President of Industrial Design and Innovation Center "Astra Rossa", as well as Olga Uskova, Founder of "Cognitive Technologies Group", together with other experts provided valuable insights into the world of innovation and technological challenges that need to be solved within the next decades.  

“The biggest benefit for me was the widened perspective of the Russian business society, the large variety of business opportunities. The most outstanding highlight was - at which I can work and enhance others to go the same direction – establishing and increasing the level of trust and knowledge about partners in Russia and CIS. I also noted that interest from the Russian business regarding China is especially high, even though many companies are still afraid to work with China. However, despite all the complexities of interaction, the prospects for China-Russia cooperation are extremely interesting” - said Karl-Heinz Hessenthaler, President of the Association of Medium-Sized Enterprises - MITTELSTAND INTERNATIONAL.

After both plenary sessions, the participants were able to choose between different sessions and learned about existing multimodal solutions for logistics and represented by Uwe Leuschner, Senior Vice President Deutsche Bahn Cargo AG in Russia, about IT opportunities for business represented by Alja Donenko, Founder of Communication Platform "Territory of business communication and consulting" in Russia. It was also possible for participants to get involved in a discussion with Christian Terhechte, Managing Director of Neuland-Medien GmbH, who gave a master class on how Augmented Reality (AR) will change the business communication of tomorrow.

The Asian-European Business Innovation Congress was organized by the Center for strategic intercultural communication - StrategicInterCom GmbH and the Association of Medium-Sized Enterprises - MITTELSTAND INTERNATIONAL. Informational support in Russia and foreign countries was provided by the communication group “Gurov & Partners”. The official partner of the Congress was the SDM-Bank.

 

SDM-Bank became an official partner of the IV Asian-European Business Innovation Congress.

SDM-Bank is a universal commercial bank specializing in servicing medium and small businesses, as well as providing services to employees of companies that are clients of the bank. At the same time, the bank offers a wide range of services to businesses and individuals. The bank is among the top 100 Russian banks in terms of assets. In April 2017, the rating agency RAEX (Expert RA) revised the rating of SDM-Bank on a new methodology and assigned a new one at ruA, the established forecast remains stable.

Within the framework of the forum, Chairman of the Board of SDM Bank Maxim Solntsev and Deputy Chairman of the Board Sergey Kozlov shared their experience on how SMEs can build an effective partnership with the bank and develop their business in a difficult economic times. For more information about SDM-Bank, please visit: www.sdm.ru

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