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The 5th ICIS Asian Oleochemicals Conference returns to Kuala Lumpur on 11-12 January 2017 to analyse how evolving trends are influencing supply and demand dynamics in the region. The event takes an in-depth look at regional supply and demand dynamics and industry outlook exclusively for the Asian market. 
The 2016 conference saw 78 delegates representing 59 companies from 15 countries come together at the must-attend event for the sector. 

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Agenda 2017

Conference Day 1: Wednesday 11 January

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and Chair’s opening remarks
Madhav C. Menon, former Director Marketing and Sales, Sinarmas Oleochemicals
Where did global growth go? And where will it be tomorrow?
David Carbon, Chief Economist, DBS Bank
Spotlight on lauric oils and its future capacity
  • Trends, demand and supply of laurics
  • Assessing substitutes and their impact on future capacity 
  • Understanding the variations between coconut oil and PKO and its impact on the market
  • Where do laurics feature in the downstream debate of natural vs synthetic?
Dr Caroline Midgley , Director of Bio-based Chemicals Research, LMC INTERNATIONAL
Refreshment break and networking
Trends and challenges in natural fatty alcohols as synthetic capacity increases
  • Sizing the market share for natural fatty alcohol, competition and future capacity
  • Considering the impact of overcapacity in China and Indonesia
  • Understanding downstream trends in fatty alcohol use
  • Global influencing factors and future opportunities 
S Hariharsubramanian, Director, VVF SINGAPORE
Examining the Asian fatty acids market: regional variations and overcapacity challenges
  • Market trends, supply and demand 
  • Considering current and future capacity
Jackie Wong, Markets Editor, ICIS
Lunch and networking
Trends and market development in glycerine
  • Trends, supply and demand
  • Impact on glycerine supply of biodiesel blending policies in Malaysia and Indonesia
Sovakar Nayak, Vice President, Palms Resources
Understanding the US oleochemical market and its impact on Asia
  • Examining the impact of the biofuel mandate debate in the US
  • Impact of conflict between incumbent and newly emerging mandated markets
  • Examining the Renewable Fuel Standard for North America and how it affects Asian export to the region
Lawrence D Sullivan, Consultant Project Manager, LAWRENCE D. SULLIVAN & COMPANY
Refreshment break and networking
Demographics to drive oleochemicals demand growth in India
  • Indian oleochemical industry
  • Key market segments and players
  • Future growth drivers
  • India’s castor oil advantage
Rajeev Pandia, Past President, Indian Chemical Council
Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference day one

Conference Day 2: Thursday 12 January

Welcome and Chair’s opening remarks
The lure of synthetics in a natural world
  • Background and history of synthetics
  • Technology around synthetic alcohols
  • Current situation and projections on synthetic raw materials
  • Where they fit in a sustainable world
Norman Ellard, Managing Director Asia, IP SPECIALITIES ASIA
Surfactant outlook in China
  • Detergent market: consumer behaviour, supply, demand and growth
  • Main ingredients used in detergent and application: SLES/AEO/LABS/MES/MEE
  • Raw material used for the surfactants: Palm/CNO/PKO vs crude oil based
  • SLES outlook: supply, demand, growth and previous price trends
  • How do trends in C1214 impact SLES?
John Sim, Managing Director, Integrated Chemicals
Refreshment break and networking
Panel discussion: Research and development in the oleochemical industry as a tool for business growth
  • Examining possibilities for diversification and business development
  • What are the opportunities for end use markets?
  • Using innovation to survive in a saturated market
  • Progressing sustainability throughout the industry
Dr Amit Pratap, Assistant Professor, Department of Oils, Oleochemicals and Surfactants Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
S Hariharsubramanian, Director, VVF SINGAPORE
Norman Ellard, Managing Director Asia, IP SPECIALITIES ASIA
Bio-based functional fluids and lubricants
  • Exploring the possibilities of native vegetable oils
  • Derivatives including esters, branched products, epoxides
Dr Amit Pratap, Assistant Professor, Department of Oils, Oleochemicals and Surfactants Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
Market update on biodiesel
  • Trends, supply and demand
  • Cost implications for the oleochemical industry
  • Examining capacity for the future
Yongyuth Sawatdisawanee , Director of Bureau of Biofuel Development, Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Ministry of Energy of Thailand
Chair’s closing remarks
Lunch and end of conference
2017 Speakers 
 Informative and wide coverage on topics.
Lim Pung Loi, Director, Oxygenates, Chemicals, Asia Pacific, SABIC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
 Create and provide direct for future growth investment in oleochemical business.
Jakrit Rungsimanop, Division Manager, Thai Oleochemicals Company
The conference was a great opportunity to know the status of oleochemicals at SEA in a short period of time. Networking also interesting due to people from different companies, origin and industries.
Hector Gomez, Trader, AGD - Aceitera General Deheza S.A.
 Value for my time.
Hariharasubramanian Senapathy, Vice President, VVF Singapore Pte Ltd
 Informative and good networking.
Hema Jayakumar, Vice President - Global Procurement, FINE ORGANIC INDUSTRIES PVT. LTD.
 Good eye opening insights on current challenges in the oleochemical market.
Sudershan Sivasubramaniam, Site Operations Director, Emery Oleochemicals (M) Sdn. Bhd.
 Networking and updating oleochemicals industry.
Wiroon Viriyakit, Procurement, Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
 Compelling and providing insights on these challenging times. 
Khamdan Khoirul Umam, Manager, PT. Bakrie Sumatera Plantations

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