Palm Oil Versatility Contributing to a Healthier, More Natural World

According the Ministry of Health, exports of palm-based pharmaceuticals totaled more than RM600 million in 2011, buoyed in part by ongoing research into the nutritional benefits of palm oil and its by-products. “Malaysia produces medicinal products, like pain killers, vitamin C, anti-oxidants,” Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.

These efforts reflect a coordinated approach to maintaining the value and resilience of Malaysia’s palm oil sector. As palm oil … Read More


Emery expands bioadditive production in Germany, making palm oil push

Malaysian biochemical company Emery Oleochemicals is investing €20 million (US$25million) in its Loxstedt, Germany site, expanding manufacturing and adding Technical Development Centre (TDC) for its biobased additives, Loxiol and Edenol.

“Through our Loxstedt expansion projects, Emery Oleochemicals looks to extend its existing technical know-how in developing high-performance plastic additives and growing its portfolio in additives, including those for the coatings and lubricant industries,” an Emery spokesperson told PlasticsToday. The company’s … Read More


Development and Conservation a Win-Win in Sabah

Half a century after the Cobbold Commission marked the first step towards the union of Malaysia and Sabah, Prime Minister Najib has reiterated Sabah’s important contribution to the Malaysian economy and the Government’s commitment to the state’s welfare.

Through tourism and the palm oil industry, Sabah continues to play a central role in Malaysia’s economic growth. In turn, the government has prioritized the state’s development by investing RM 3 billion … Read More


Industry Strongly Supports Wildlife Conservation; Attacks by Nature Alert and Other ENGOs Misguided and Inaccurate

In recent weeks a campaign aimed at the Malaysian palm oil industry has spread misinformation with respect to the industry’s record on wildlife preservation and protection. The anti-industry campaign was timed to coincide with the Sabah Wildlife Conservation Colloquium (SWCC 2012).

It is worth noting that the industry is a strong supporter of existing Malaysian conservation laws and supports strengthening those laws when appropriate. Malaysian law rightly recognizes the orang-utan … Read More


Dr Basiron: New Research Radically Reduces Estimate of Emissions from Land Use Change

The world is becoming increasingly worried about the effects on food prices caused by the drought that has plagued the United States over recent months. Experts are suggesting that the corn harvest could be reduced by between 20-30 percent and because corn is used to feed livestock, price hikes for dairy and meat products are expected to follow suit.

Unfortunately, the agricultural development necessary to ensure that the world has … Read More


French Retailers Replace Palm Oil With Risky Proposition

The decision by French companies like Casino and Systeme U to remove palm oil from their products follows years of increasing use of palm oil to remove trans-fats from the European food supply. These trans-fats were developed to replace palm and coconut oils with partially hydrogenated rapeseed and soy oils. We now know that the emergence of the toxic substance trans-fatty acids contributed to the significant increase of cardiovascular disease … Read More


Plantation development and forest conservation continue side by side

Earlier this month Sabah’s Forestry director Sam Mannan announced that 100,000 hectares of land in Southern Sabah have been placed under palm oil cultivation in order to generate revenue to conserve an adjacent forest of over 10 times that size.

The Malaysian palm oil industry has always maintained that development and conservation can and will continue side by side. This is why for every one hectare of oil palm plantations, … Read More


Technological breakthrough to achieving zero effluent discharge

Dr. Ishenny Mohd Noor of Universiti Malaya has recently presented new technology that can be used to convert Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) into Biopro Diesel and Biopro Fertilizer. This new technology uses waste water generated from palm oil mills and converts it into fuel and fertilizer – the latter for use in agriculture and the former for use in transport vehicles and electricity generation.

The conversion of POME … Read More


New pest detector will protect small farmers of palm oil – scientist

Researchers led by Professor Richard Cooper at the University of Bath have developed a new technique to detect a strain of a fungal disease – called Fusarium oxysporum – which is specific to oil palms and which has had a devastating effect on yields.

Using a technique known as ‘genetic fingerprinting’, these scholars have pinpointed the specific strain that causes the disease in oil palm trees. As a result, they … Read More