Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)

PIPOC 2017 - International Palm Oil Congress

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The MPOB International Palm Oil Congress and Exhibition (PIPOC) is a biennial event organised by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). PIPOC will once again be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) which offers a stimulating environment for conferences and exhibitions. PIPOC 2017 is expected to draw more than 8000 participants and trade visitors comprising mainly CEOs, directors, researchers, policy makers, plantation managers, millers, traders, export personnel and all those who are involved directly and indirectly in the palm oil industry, from 50 countries. It will be one of the world’s largest palm oil technical and trade congregations.

Event Type:
Conference/Seminar
Date:
Nov. 14-16, 2017
Venue:
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC)
Location:
Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

PIPOC has five concurrent conferences to provide a strategic platform for interaction and in-depth deliberation of the many facets of oil palm and the palm oil industry, on innovations, latest developments, challenges and the way forward for the industry.

The theme for PIPOC 2017, ‘Treasuring the Past, Charting the Future’, is timely with the commemoration of 100 years of commercial planting of oil palm in Malaysia. The theme reflects an emphasis on the vital aspects of research and development and commercialisation in the effort to chart the way forward for the palm oil industry. The Congress will provide participants with a platform to explore opportunities for further advancements in the technologies related to the palm oil industry.

A trade exhibition with more than 340 exhibition booths will also be held throughout the Congress to provide opportunities for delegates to view and discuss current technologies, state-of-the art equipments and products related to the oils and fats industry. The exhibition also provides networking opportunities for buyers and sellers.

We value your presence at this Congress to hear what the industry experts and researchers have to share about the oil palm industry technology advancements and their impact on our businesses and daily lives. We would also love to hear your thoughts and opinions at this not-to-be missed event – PIPOC 2017, from 14-16 November at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

The Congress features five concurrent conferences covering upstream, midstream, downstream, economics and marketing.

A keynote address will be delivered by distinguished experts in the field of oils and fats. Five plenary lectures will be held in the afternoon of 14 November 2017. The lectures will cover various topics of interest in line with the theme of the Congress.

Objectives

  • To discuss strategic R&D findings in all aspects of the oil palm and palm oil industry worldwide;
  • To adopt recent technological findings that will improve the oil palm/palm oil industry; and
  • To formulate strategies towards enhanced sustainability, competitiveness, automation, policies on chemical trade, market trends and trade challenges.

PIPOC 2017 caters for those involved in the oil palm, palm oil and other oils and fats industry including R&D personnel, scientists, planters, millers, traders, processors, manufacturers, economists, policy makers and academicians. The Congress will be especially useful for networking with your peers in the oils and fats industry while exchanging views and sharing new ideas.

A trade exhibition will be held concurrently during the MPOB International Palm Oil Congress and Exhibition (PIPOC 2017) on 14-16 November 2017. This has become the avenue for making contacts and networking and the best way to promote products, equipment and services to attract new clients and decision-makers worldwide especially in the palm oil/oil palm industry.

Participating at PIPOC 2017 Exhibition will provide wide business opportunities in this highly competitive market by:

  • discussing your products with your new and existing clients;
  • launching new products and services;
  • gaining new contracts and obtaining new leads;
  • meeting existing and potential working partners; and
  • and much more ……

SESSION 1 • AGRICULTURE

This year marks the 100th year of oil palm cultivation in Malaysia. The oil palm is a significant commodity crop for many countries along the equatorial belt. Suitable temperature, soil and rainfall are prerequisites to sustain the crop’s productivity. In addition, key agricultural practices such as fertiliser application, pest control, mechanisation and physiology of the palm play important roles in maximising the yield of this golden crop. External challenges such as land and labor shortage, environmental degradation, erratic weather patterns and rising fuel cost considerably affect the yield of this crop. This session will discuss the latest upstream management practices, crop bio-security, innovations in farm mechanisation, application of remote sensing and precision agriculture towards achieving higher yield and productivity.

SESSION 2 • BIOTECHNOLOGY

Reaching a centennial milestone is indicative of the resilience of the oil palm industry in overcoming challenges and adapting to changing times. Over the years, the industry has witnessed changing consumer trends and technological advancements spearheading the direction of research in biotechnology. This session will further unveil oil palm emerging ‘omics’-based technologies to usher in the next era of growth in productivity and sustainable cultivation of the crop. The holistic tactics adopted in converging biotechnology tools with breeding will guarantee the crop’s commercial viability for the future.

SESSION 3 • SUSTAINABILITY

Over the years, there has been increasing demand for sustainable palm oil. The oil palm players and stakeholders play a vital role towards ensuring the continued cultivation of oil palm. This session will discuss in detail the principles and criteria for growing oil palm with respect to sustainability issues. Various challenges such as biodiversity, environmental aspects and smallholder’s issues faced by the stakeholders in the palm oil industry will also be discussed.

SESSION 1 • MILLING AND PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY

Updates on improvements of milling and processing technologies will be discussed in this session. These technologies will match the demands for processing from the upstream and the requirements for quality from downstream and at the same time comply with the prevailing environmental regulations. Industry experience on holistic approaches in palm oil processing will be highlighted.

SESSION 2 • SCIENCE AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGY, ANALYTICAL AND QUALITY

Clean and emerging technologies have attracted great interest in recent years and have great potential in the oil palm industry. Thus, this session will cover topics on the development of green products via green processes involving the use of clean processes and less energy, application of renewable resources, and enzyme catalysed reactions. Submissions that reflect novel analytical methods, interesting technologies related to analysis and updated, improved techniques for oils and fats characterisation are encouraged.

SESSION 3 • BIO-ENERGY

Besides food, the products from the oil palm industry hold much promise as a source of green energy. This session will discuss the issues and challenges on oil palm bio-energy. Research on recent technology advancement in synthesis, processing and application of oil palm bio-energy will be discussed. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, enzymatic and catalytic processing, new feedstock, biomass pretreatment, etc.

SESSION 4 • ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

This session covers issues related to management, treatment or avoidance of palm oil mill effluent, particulate emissions, characterisation of possible minor components in waste streams and technologies for measuring and removal of contaminants. Various efforts and development studies related to the total environmental impact of palm oil production will be highlighted. The benefit to the present and future generation of mankind will also be discussed in this session.

SESSION 5 • BIOMASS UTILISATION

This session will focus on some of the key technologies, as well as policy issues related to the choice of feedstocks and technology conversion platforms for the production of biocomposite products, industrial chemicals/biochemicals and bioenergy generation. The latest development in oil palm biomass into biochar and fine chemicals will be highlighted and discussed in this session.

SESSION 6 • REFINING TECHNOLOGY

Increased focus on oil quality and refining yields has driven developments in refining technologies. This session offers an overview of the different refining technologies, with focus on yield and product quality.

SESSION 1 • OLEOCHEMICAL SUSTAINABILITY

For today’s oleochemical industry to develop sustainably, it must adopt business strategies that balance the needs of the industry and its stakeholders while still protecting, sustaining and enhancing the society and natural resources that will be needed in the future. The mandate to transform businesses to respect environmental limits while fulfilling social needs has become an ultimate platform for innovation in crafting strategy, design, manufacturing and brand. Efforts to produce environmental friendly and sustainable palm-based oleochemical products are continuously being the emphasis of the industry to fulfil the needs of new requirements and regulations. During this session, topics on sustainability of the oleochemical industry and some updates will be deliberated by the speakers.

SESSION 2 • GREEN CHEMISTRY: THE GAME CHANGER

Development and innovations in the design of green chemical products and processes are highly pursued for carving the pathway towards a sustainable future. This session provides a platform of cutting-edge research under a green chemistry framework in the oleochemical industry. Based on the green chemistry principle, this session will focus on biocatalysts, renewable and biodegradable materials, as well as safer and efficient synthetic approaches.

SESSION 3 • FORMULATING OLEOCHEMICALS FOR NICHE APPLICATIONS

Technological advancements and developments of bio-based products in the downstream sectors such as personal care, soap and detergents, and public health products will be the key drivers for market growth. With the increasing awareness among consumers on environmental issues, green and sustainable bio-based oleochemical continue to be important in the development of bio-based products for the niche market segment. This session will discuss the development of oleochemical products in meeting the growth of specific demands in various sectors of the industry.

SESSION 4 • TECHNOLOGY FOR REALISING A BETTER FUTURE

This session covers some of the recent technology developments of the downstream oleochemical industry. As technology moves beyond conventional processes, cutting-edge technologies have taken the lead in order to conform to the latest issues relating to processes, environmental and sustainability. Novel discovery will cut short the traditional long process required for product improvements. The application of modern technologies such as catalytic and green sustainable processes will be discussed. In addition, various aspects to bridge these opportunities and realising them will be explored.

SESSION 5 • POSITIONING OLEOCHEMICALS IN THE GLOBAL MARKET

In 2015, the Asia Pacific has been the leading oleochemical market which accounted for over 40% of the total volume. In addition to being the largest consumer, the region is also the leading producer of oleochemicals. Hence, the challenges and opportunities for oleochemicals today lie in the changing economic and ecological conditions which demand sustainable and environmental friendly products. Speakers from across the oleochemical value chains will provide an objective assessment on the current state and future direction of the oleochemical industry to ensure a sustainable market growth in 2017 and beyond.

In its century of existence in Malaysia, the oil palm industry has moved from strength-to-strength. Currently, it is one of the most important pillars of the national economy despite facing all the challenges and allegations. Over the period, Malaysian palm oil has met the key sustainable development goals as outlined by the United Nations including reducing poverty, eliminating hunger, providing decent work, promoting economic growth and education as well as contributing to good health and well-being.

Globally, there has been a tremendous development in nutrition research particularly on the emerging revelation on saturated fats. However, the perception towards saturated fat has hardly changed. As we are now at the crossroads, new research and technology breakthroughs are essential to revolutionise the industry. The Food Health & Nutrition Conference will address these concerns through stimulating discussions, debates as well as providing evidence and engagements with various experts in nutrition, health, food ingredients, applications, safety and quality.

SESSION 1 • DEVELOPMENT IN LIPID INNOVATION

The evolution of food technology entails the creation of new and improved products. This session will address novel strategies to diversify the applications of oils and fats in food formulations. Experts from various sectors will focus on current challenges and the way forward in generating value added palm-based products using recent and emerging technologies.

SESSION 2 • LIPID FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS

Innovation in lipid ingredients provides the insight to novel food development without affecting its functionality and sensory attributes. Growing interest in health benefits, organoleptic properties and cost-effectiveness has created a demand for new lipid functional ingredients. This session will elucidate the potential of palm-derived functional lipids.

SESSION 3 • FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY

Issues associated with food safety and quality have become a major concern amongst food industries and consumers globally. Latest advancements in the processing of oils and fats for food applications with emphasis on safety and quality will be discussed. This session will also provide a platform for disseminating the latest findings on mitigation of unwanted process-developed compounds.

SESSION 4 • LIPID NUTRITION AND HEALTH

This session will feature the latest findings in lipid nutrition research highlighting the changing perception on saturated fats in relation to chronic diseases. The role of saturated fats and carbohydrates in the human diet and their health implications will be deliberated.

SESSION 5 • PHYTONUTRIENTS AND CLINICAL EVIDENCE

This session will focus on current findings and potential health benefits of palm-based phytonutrients. Emphasis will be on the beneficial effects of palm tocotrienols, carotenoids, phenolics as well as other health-related phytonutrients derived from palm oil. Latest clinical evidence will be emphasised.

NUTRITION FORUM • PALM OIL AND HEALTH – PAST EXPERIENCE, CURRENT ISSUES AND FUTURE PROSPECTS

The health benefits of palm oil have been overshadowed by the misconception of saturated fats. Although there is a wave of change in the emerging evidence related to saturated fats on health, palm oil continues to unduly suffer a negative image. This forum will feature experts in health and nutrition areas who will deliberate and unveil new research findings and counter the general perception about saturated fats and its effect on our health.

The Global Economics & Marketing Conference (GEM) will highlight the importance of palm oil by treasuring the past performance/achievements of palm oil especially in Malaysia and charting the industry’s future in the world oils and fats complex. Leading experts and speakers, both local and international will share their views and experiences on this subject matter.

SESSION 1 • PALM OIL THE DRIVER OF GLOBAL OILS AND FATS

The global competitiveness of palm oil will determine the future demand of palm oil in the oils and fats market by consumers since palm oil is deemed as the driver of global oils and fats. In spite of the emergence of new markets, China and India still retain their positions as the major importers of palm oil. Thus, it is vital to continue to focus on these markets. Apart from this, it is worth exploring the cost of production of other oilseeds and oils and fats since the industry is very competitive in nature. Pertinent themes related to these areas will also be deliberated by eminent speakers.

SESSION 2 • SUSTAINING PALM OIL ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS AND ENVIRONMENT

The increasing challenge in maintaining the competitiveness of palm oil in the world market is that of allegations of environment mismanagement in the oil palm sector, particularly related to the sustainable production of palm oil. Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have raised concerns on the need to promote sustainability in food production. As such, in order to promote the competitive growth and use of sustainable palm oil, the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) has been established. Malaysian oil palm plantations are also too dependent on foreign workers, which could affect the development of this sector. Therefore, it is timely for the industry players, especially oil palm plantations, to promote the use of mechanisation in their oil palm plantations. Prominent speakers will deliberate on appropriate strategies to meet the challenges faced by the industry.

SESSION 3 • ECONOMIC CHALLENGES IN SUSTAINING THE FUTURE FOR PALM OIL

The Malaysian oil palm industry is currently confronted with increasing competition not only from other palm oil producing countries but also discriminatory trade impediments imposed in the importing countries. In order to sustain the industry’s competitiveness, the way forward is to increase the downstream activities, while enhancing the upstream activities through upgrading both infrastructure, facilities and logistics. Experts in the palm oil industry will share the fruits of their thoughts and expertise in these areas.

SESSION 4 • TRADE AND FUTURE MARKET OUTLOOK FOR PALM OIL

Palm oil has witnessed a meteoric rise since the last century. The world oils and fats complex and how it affects palm oil supply and demand in the future will be looked into. Coupled with this, the volatility of palm oil prices will subsequently lead to the instability in the demand for palm oil. Thus there is a great need for market diversification of palm oil in order to strengthen the export and price performance of palm oil in the long run. Palm oil experts will share their expertise and experience in these areas. The competitiveness of Malaysian palm oil through branding will also be elucidated.

This year’s theme, ‘Treasuring the Past, Charting the Future’focuses on the challenges faced by the oil palm industry as well as to acknowledge achievements and to navigate the future through sustainable growth of the oil palm industry. This forum provides an avenue for leaders of the industry to reminiscence into the past and to deliberate the future path of the oil palm industry. This platform will help generate new ideas that can be adopted to chart the future growth of our oil palm industry.

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