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Promoting stability in an otherwise fluctuating global oleochemicals market through innovation and adaptability

The global oleochemicals market has remained over the past few years relatively stable. However, 2017 has seen an increase in feedstock prices due to environmental factors that is being felt in particular in relation to palm oil. With factors such as these influencing the industry, what effects is this expected to have on the production of glycerine and fatty alcohols in the long run? Alongside this, the industry continues to be regionally diverse with the Asian market continuing to dominant player.

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Other markets such as Africa are continuing to grow their presence and are aiming to become a more substantial player within the oleochemicals market but just how realistic is this? And what steps need to be taken to make this happen? Answering these and many more questions don’t miss the opportunity to join us at the 11th ICIS World Oleochemicals Conference and make sure you take part during the 2 days of conference sessions and networking opportunities.

NEW FOR 2017:

  • New Location: Following on from extensive market research, Barcelona was chosen as the perfect location to hold the 2017 edition of the World Oleochemicals Conference.
  • Specific market insights including Africa and India - use this opportunity to see where the potential opportunities lie and don’t miss out on the chance to expand your company.
  • Updates on the global oleochemicals market in 2017 and predictions for what the future might hold

The speaker program will address "Promoting stability in an otherwise fluctuating global oleochemicals market through innovation and adaptability".

Conference Day 1: Tuesday 24 October

Registration and Refreshments

Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Norman Ellard, Managing Director Asia, IP SPECIALITIES ASIA
Overview of the global oleochemicals market landscape in 2017
  • Looking at the oleochemicals industry in 2017 – current supply and demand trends, production etc.
  • Challenges and opportunities of operating in a market of relatively balanced supply and demand
  • Regional outlooks – Asia, US, Latin America and Europe
  • Looking ahead, what will the market look like 5 years from now?
Dr Caroline Midgley , Director of Bio-based Chemicals Research, LMC INTERNATIONAL
Are palm Oleochemicals driving the competitiveness of Bio-based Chemicals Industries?
Dr. Zainab Idris, Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Refreshment break and networking

Biodiesel and oleochemicals – an ongoing competition?
  • How much is the biodiesel industry influencing demands on palm oil/rapeseed and soy globally?
  • What effect will the growing trend of Asia towards palm oil used in biodiesel have on the oleochemicals industry?
  • Anti-dumping regulation and the effect this will have on both Latin America and Europe biodiesel production
  • The role of tallow in the production of biodiesel in Europe and the US.
Melissa Bartlett, Senior Editor, Manager, ICIS
Samantha Wright, Markets Reporter , ICIS
The role of the end-user in the supply chain – What influence do they hold on the oleochemicals market?
  • How influential are end-user market demands on the overall oleochemicals industry?
  • What are they looking for from a demand side
  • What are consumers looking for in their products?
  • Is the oleochemicals market becoming greener and how much have customers affected this shift?
Miquel Osset, R&D Director, BLUESUN
Lunch and networking

Global glycerine market: How sustainable is the current situation?
  • Looking at supply and demand trends in Latin America, Asia and Europe
  • Developments in the global biodiesel industry and the effects on glycerine production
  • The challenge of balancing supply and demand- how are companies coping with this? 
Roberto Echeverria, Business Development Manager, Product Manager Glycerine, CREMER
Spotlight on India – Changes to its domestic market and the implications for the future
  • Implications of a growing Indian market on the rest of the region? 
  • Looking at Indian capacity – Is the market oversupplied? Is overcapacity a concern?
  • What is expected to happen in the Indian market going forward?
Ramesh Doraiswami, Managing Director, VVF ltd
Refreshment break and networking

Logistical challenges in transporting oleochemicals
Stephan Marusczyk, Business Unit Manager , TRANS OCEAN BULK LOGISTICS
Chair's Closing remarks
Close of conference day one

Conference Day 2: Wednesday 25 October

Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Chris Sayner, VP Customer Alliances, Corporate Sustainability, CRODA
Looking towards a more sustainable future: Is the industry prepared to take the necessary steps in the right direction?
  • The role of the RSPO in ensuring market transformation to sustainable palm. How efficient is it proving?
  • What are companies doing to commit to this goal? 
  • Are companies as prepared as they appear to tackle these issues?
  • When you can’t replace everything – How can you make the market more sustainable?
Chris Sayner, VP Customer Alliances, Corporate Sustainability, CRODA
Advantage synthetics - how synthetic alcohols and acids are gaining market share
  • Synthetic routes to alcohols and acids
  • Linear vs. branched alcohols and acids 
  • Economics of synthetics vs. oleochemicals
  • Advantages of synthetic alcohols and acids in different application areas
Dr. Jens Kubitschke, Application & New Business Development Manager, OXEA
Refreshment break and networking

Fatty alcohol market and its role in the global oleochemicals market
  • The fatty alcohol market is predicted to continue to grow steadily over the next few years but what will be driving the demand?
  • Supply and demand predictions – What role will developing regions play growing this market?
  • Looking at the role of synthetic fatty alcohols and its implications in the global fatty alcohols industry
  • Are synthetic alcohols the growing market it once was? What is causing these changes?
Norman Ellard, Managing Director Asia, IP SPECIALITIES ASIA
Oleochemical Derivatives - Opportunities for Downstream Integration
  • Why are companies moving downstream? 
  • Fatty Acid Chemistry Roadmap- An Overview
  • Non-Ionic Surfactants and Safe EO Handling 
  • Amines: High Value Derivatives 
  • New Developments in Continuous Processing 
Thomas Blocher, Business Manager – Reaction Technology, BUSS CHEMTECH
Chairman’s closing remarks
Lunch and end of conference


The ICIS World Oleochemicals Conference agenda bi-annually features a cutting edge speaker line-up of senior industry experts from the highest profile companies in the world. We already have some speakers confirmed...

Very good content, excellent organisation.
EMEA Commercial Manager Personal Care, Univar
Fundamental and well researched information
Purchasing, Peter Greven
Great as ever….always good for networking
Senior Sales Manager, Domuschemicals SPA
Interesting, high level overview


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