Regional Palm Oil Processing Seminar
Value addition in the palm oil downstream sector

Regional Palm Oil Processing Seminar

5 September 2018
Johor Bahru, Malaysia


Value addition in the palm oil downstream sector

The palm oil industry is a key contributor to the GDP of Malaysia. In 2018, it is expected to contribute about RM 80 Billion.

The palm oil refining industry continues to be the workhorse of the industry but is faced with low or negative margins. Despite refining more than 25 million MT/yr, this industry faces stiff competition from its Indonesian counterparts and has a low capacity utilisation.

The oleochemical industry in Malaysia produces about 2.7 Million MT/yr of oleochemicals and is primarily producing fatty acids, fatty alcohols and glycerine and is also under price pressure.

The 3rd downstream sector biodiesel that is facing huge hurdles due to tariff and non-tariff barriers in the export market. This sector has been mainly dependent on the government B7 blending mandate.

There is an urgent need for the palm downstream sector to focus on value addition to improve margins and stay ahead of competition. In this regard emphasis on new R&D commercialisation, new market applications and differentiation is essential.

Sustainability is another big issue that the industry is grappling with and the recent MSPO initiative is a step in the right direction to get a national sustainability recognition for Malaysia.

This seminar will feature eminent speakers who will share their knowledge on value addition through processing, sustainability, financing, branding, addressing food safety issues such as the 3-MCPD & GE, leveraging artificial intelligence and big data. Besides presentations there will also be a forum for participants to efficiently connect with the speakers as well as the audience.

Practitioners in the entire palm oil supply chain will find this focussed seminar on palm oil processing very interesting, fruitful and rewarding. It would also be a good networking opportunity for professionals from the entire supply chain to come together and share their knowledge and experience.

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