Palm Oil Processing Special Interest Group

Four Decades in ASEAN: Process Engineering and Innovation in the Oleochemical Industry - Online/Malaysia

Date From: 28 February 2018
Location: Malaysia
Description: Evening meeting in Selangor, with presentation by KS Qua (ASEAN Oleochemical Manufacturers Group), organised by IChemE's Palm Oil Processing and Biochemical Special Interest Group.
Venue: Monash University Malaysia
Seminar Room 6-2-14 (This room might change depend on its availability, please register to receive email confirmation)
Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Online is available 18:30 - 19:30 MYT

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An evening event with technical presentation by KS Qua (ASEAN Oleochemical Manufacturers Group), and time for networking over refreshments. Registration from 18:00; the event will commence at 18:30 and close at 20:30.

A webinar session of this presentation will be ran that evening. To attend this technical presentation online at 18:30-19:30 MYT , please join here >>

This event is open to all. To encourage more participants and members, attendance at the event is free of charge and open to all. Bring along your colleagues working in the palm oil processing industry in Malaysia, and introduce them to Palm Oil Processing Special Interest Group (POPSIG) and to IChemE.

Advance booking is essential to attend physical event. Register now >>


Whilst the oleochemical industry is 200 years old it started in ASEAN only four decades ago and in this short time there has been unprecedented progress. One area is in process engineering and this talk will trace these developments and innovations. Many challenges remain, such as overcapacity, low margins as well low crude oil prices. Nevertheless the industry has shown resilience and process engineering and innovations will continue to overcome some of these issues. The future of the industry lies in mulit-purpose plants and bioprocessing with the line between oleochemicals and petrochemicals blurring.

This talk is based on a presentation given at the PIPOC 2017 conference on 14-17 November 2017. An article broadly based on this is expected to be published in OFI (Oils & Fats International) Magazine in February 2018.

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Qua Pic 1Qua is a chemist and a chartered chemical engineer with a 32 year career in operations in the palm oil industry covering oil refining, foods, oleochemicals, soap and toiletries. He worked for Unilever, ICI and KLK in Malaysia and overseas. Before he retired he was GM of Uniqema Malaysia Sdn Bhd. He guest lectured on sustainable palm oil processing to chemical engineering undergraduates at Monash University Malaysia. Currently he is part-time Advisor to AOMG. He is an active member of the RSPO Standing Committee Trade & Traceability (T&T SC) and also its sub-group on oleochemicals and its derivatives. He is a founder member of POPSIG at the Institution of Chemical Engineers.


IChemE gratefully acknowledges:

Monash University Malaysia for its provision of venue facilities and sponsorship of the refreshments.


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