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Embracing the challenge of oversupply through diversification of basic derivatives and downstream market integration 

“Overcapacity” has defined the oleochemical industry in the recent years. Cheaper feedstock from crude oil has paved the way for the rise of synthetic fatty alcohols production. With varying environmental norms from different countries, topped with Asian consumers’ propensity to pay for green-labeled products, industry players are actively seeking answers on how to survive amidst oversupply. Would investing further downstream help? How about venturing to new application markets or alterative feedstock?
Let ICIS help you find an answer! Introducing our brand new topics for 2018 at the 6th ICIS Asian Oleochemicals Conference which will give you a broader view of what is happening throughout the oleochemicals value chain!
  • Spotlight on Indonesia and Malaysia as feedstock production centers in Asia: what is happening the region today and how will it impact future production output? What are the growth strategies amidst the challenging times?
  • Coconut oil in the Philippines and its drive to contribute growth to Asia’s oleochemicals industry
  • A global perspective: understand the dynamics and the cost drivers of rapeseed and soybean markets
  • More than just a tag: how does certification standard such as RSPO plays a role to a more sustainable future?
  • Further downstream: a closer look at the surfactant industry in Asia
..and much more!

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Agenda 2018

The 2018 agenda will address: ''Embracing the challenge of oversupply through diversification of basic derivatives and downstream market integration''


Conference Day 1: Tuesday 16 January

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and chairman’s opening remarks
Steve Tan, Market Engagement Director, ICIS
Asian economics: a closer look at the current developments and future market outlook
  • Global factors behind Asia's growth

  • Countries driving the expansion in Asia

  • Purchasing power and consumer behavior

  • Asia's industry: the leaders and laggards
Tamara Henderson, Senior Economist, Bloomberg Intelligence
Will palm oil industry continue to reign as one of Malaysia’s economic pillars?
  • Malaysia palm oil industry analysis with special focus on oleochemicals
  • Managing overcapacity in the palm refining industry - what are the effects?
  • Malaysia's palm market outlook: where will it go in the next 5-10 years?
PR Thakore, Chief Executive Officer, IFFCO (S.E.A) Sdn Bhd
Refreshment break and networking
Exploring the product derivatives of fatty acids to combat oversupply and promote innovation
  • Global current market trends and future capacity of fatty acids
  • Margin optimization through downstream investments
  • Beyond traditional applications: examining value additions to fatty acids
S. Hariharsubramanian, Director, VVF Singapore Pte Ltd
How long will uncertainty take its toll on the biodiesel industry?
  • Examining the production exports and obstacles in the global biodiesel market
  • Asia’s demand outlook: spotlight on Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Future capacity: what drives the production of biodiesel?
Izham Ahmad, Markets Editor, ICIS
Lunch and networking
Global perspectives: rapeseed and soybean in the world of oleochemicals
  • Key market segments
  • Understanding the cost drivers of rapeseed and soybean markets
  • The rise of Argentina and Brazil’s soybean production and its effect on supply and demand dynamics
  • Biodiesel in the West: how are rapeseed and soybean competing with palm?
Dr Julian Conway McGill, Head of South East Asia, LMC International
PANEL DISCUSSION: Will Asia follow the lead or not? Examining natural and synthetic routes to making fatty alcohols
  • A comparative outlook: is there a difference in performance between natural and synthetic-made fatty alcohols?
  • How does declining crude oil prices affect the Asian fatty alcohol markets?
  • What’s the difference on cost and margin between these two production routes?
  • What is Asia’s priority – Environmental standards or customers buying ability?
Dr. Zainab Idris, Director-Advanced Oleochemical Technology, Malaysian Palm Oil Board
S. Hariharsubramanian, Director, VVF Singapore Pte Ltd
Jackie Wong, Markets Editor, ICIS
Refreshment break and networking
Certifications standards and its role towards sustainability
  • Outlining the RSPO regulations and principles
  • RSPO's role towards making sustainable palm oil the norm & how RSPO certification has made an impact
  • Looking ahead: Trends analysis and future of sustainable palm oil within the ASEAN region 
Gayathri Velayutham , Outreach and Engagement Manager, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
How will the market dynamics of coconut oil and oleochemicals in the Philippines contribute to Asian growth?
  • Industry overview
  • Prospects:  food or non-food, coconut oil or palm kernel oil?
  • Market drivers and restraints
  • Looking ahead: basic oleochemicals and derivatives from coconut oil in the Philippines
Marco Reyes, Managing Director, Hancole Corporation
Chairman’s closing remarks
Close of conference day one

Conference Day 2: Wednesday 17 January

Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Steve Tan, Market Engagement Director, ICIS
Asia’s glycerine market scenarios with special focus on biodiesel
  • A review of the recent trends that has shaped Asia’s glycerine market today
  • Downstream market analysis: ECH outlook and how it is driving the demand for crude glycerine
  • Biodiesel: what are the effects of the anti-dumping duties on the glycerine?
Jackie Wong, Markets Editor, ICIS
China as a key demand market and its overall impact on Asian oleochemicals
  • China’s growing economy – what does it mean for the oleochemical industry?
  • Will more stringent environmental standards translate to demand for natural feedstocks?
  • The rise of cheaper local personal care brands – will they make or break the global oleochemical market?
Nikhil Vallabhan , Senior Consultant, Chemicals, Materials & Food, Frost & Sullivan
Refreshment break and networking
The rapid growth of India in the oleochemicals business
  • Industrial application – a key driver of growth?
  • How will tax implementation streamline the oleochemical industry – examining GST and other tax duties in India
  • Establishing strategic growth in the downstream business through vertical integration
Sadanand Palnitkar, Asst. Vice President - Marketing, Godrej Industries Limited
Application markets: how will the surfactants business in Asia uplift oleochemical demand?
  • Key trends in the baby-care and personal healthcare industries, and their impact on the oleochemical market
  • Growth potential on niche applications in the baby-care and personal healthcare industries 
  • What MNCs such as JNJ are looking for in Oleochemical Suppliers to help address the key trends
Sri Saravanan, Global Strategy Owner - Oleochemicals, Johnson & Johnson
Chairman’s closing remarks
Lunch and end of conference
2018 Speakers 

The ICIS Asian Oleochemicals Conference  agenda annually features a cutting edge speaker line-up of senior industry experts from the highest profile companies in the world.

 Oleochemical experts are here.
Sutharee Kiatman, Engineer, Professional Level, Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Limited
 Enlightening and informative.
Henry Greeff, Director , Basic Chemical Solutions a Univar Company
 Nice deliberations and very informative.
Dr Amit Pratap, Associate Professor, Institute of Chemical Technology
 Excellent platform for knowledge & networking! 
Rahul Sewak, Head of Marketing, Ishaan Oleo & Agri Resources
 Good networking & helps understanding future of oleochemicals industry.
Balasubramanian M Iyer, SA & SEA – EO&O Sales Manager , Johnson Matthey
 A useful overview of the current state of the Oleochemicals industry.
Caroline Midgley, Director of Biofuels & Oleochemicals Research, LMC International Ltd
 Great and informative conferences.
Nattakul Pornteparak, Asst. Marketing Manager (Export), Thai Glycerine Co.,Ltd.
 Interesting and being kept updated on present and future developments.
Hector Maduro, Commercial manager, Vopak Terminal Vlaardingen B.V.

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