Palm Oil Processing Special Interest Group

Novel Process for Palm Phytonutrient Extraction - Online/Malaysia

Date From: 16 May 2018
Location: Malaysia
Description: Evening meeting in Selangor, with presentation by WH Leong (ExcelVite Sdn. Bhd.), 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 WH Leong (ExcelVite Sdn. Bhd.), 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 running 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.

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ExcelVite operates the largest molecular distillation plant in Malaysia that utilises a proprietary molecular distillation technology which involves extremely high vacuum to distil heat-sensitive products such as tocotrienols and mixed carotene, at low temperature, with extremely short residence time.

The process involves the trans-esterification of crude palm oil (CPO) and separation of fatty acid methyl esters and glyceride from carotenoids, tocotrienols, and phytosterols. These heat-sensitive phytonutrients are then subject to proprietary molecular distillation and molecular sieve processes to concentrate and separate into individual component. One of the unique attributes of the process includes concentrating the individual phytonutrient by up to 500 to 800 times.

Another unique engineering attribute is that ExcelVite’s process ensures almost 100% usage of one single raw material of CPO, to the final phytonutrients products and co-products that are useful and valuable, without much wastage.

ExcelVite was also the first in the market to produce a molecularly-distilled methyl ester under the brand name EVFuel™. EVFuel™ meets both the Cold Soak Filtration Test (ASTM Specification) and Filter Blocking Tendency Test (EN Specification). The high quality also allows EVFuel™ to be used for oleochemical processes (ie : 99% min total methyl ester). As a matter of fact, ExcelVite’s palm methyl ester is known in the market to be one of the highest quality.

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Mr Leong graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Fermentation Technology with first class honours from Universiti Sains Malaysia. He was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Gold Medal Award for the graduating cohort. He has over 25 years of experience in the phytonutrient and dietary supplement industries.

Having worked with FELDA, Proctor & Gamble Sdn. Bhd. (‘FPG’- Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia) as an engineer responsible for the commissioning of the largest oleochemical plant for P&G outside of the US, he joined Carotech Sdn. Bhd. as its first employee in 1993 and went on to set-up and commissioned Carotech to become the first plant in the world to commercially extract palm phytonutrients from virgin crude palm oil.

He has also been involved and in-charge of the worldwide sales and marketing activities of Carotech (based in the USA and Australia) for 18 years.

In February 2015, Mr Leong was appointed to head ExcelVite as its CEO. He brings his wealth of knowledge and expertise to the company to take the company to the pinnacle of palm nutraceutical excellence.


IChemE gratefully acknowledges:

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


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