The 6th ICIS Asian Oleochemicals Conference :: Agenda The 6th ICIS Asian Oleochemicals Conference :: Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday 16 January 2018


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

Day 2 - Wednesday 17 January 2018


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

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