AOMG at PIPOC 2017

Category: News Published: Monday, 20 November 2017
AOMG and its members played an active role during the recent PIPOC 2017 that celebrated 100 Years of commercial oil palm planting. Our advisor Ir Qua Kiat Seng presented a paper “Oleochemicals: Process engineering and innovation – past, present and future” which abstract is given below.

Malaysia leads a highly successful agricultural industry that has nutured equally successful downstream processing sectors. The first commercial planting of oil palm was in 1917 in Tennamaran Estate in Selangor. In the 1960s the pace of cultivation of oil palms was accelerated. The Malaysian government encouraged technological improvements to further add value to its exports and palm oil has remained a top tier export (4th in 2016).

The beginning of oleochemicals is said to be in 1825. ASEAN oleochemical manufacturing started in Malaysia in 1980 but the changes in the region in the last 37 years has been dramatic for the industry globally.  The paper will review process engineering and innovation in this short time ranging from technology and capacity to raw materials, process safety and sustainability. Going forward it will look at bio-products and bio-processes, what the next generation oleochemical complex could look like and new technology that blurs the demarcation between oleochemicals and petrochemicals.

Click here for his manuscript and here for the PDF of the presentation.

We will publish papers from AOMG members as they become available.
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