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The Sabah State Government set up POIC Lahad Datu in 2005 to spearhead the development of palm oil downstream processing to add value to its 1.4 million hectares of oil palm plantations, to create jobs and business opportunities. Apart from palm oil, POIC Lahad Datu is also set up to attract investments in port & logistics, oil & gas and related small and medium enterprises.

Aside from investments directly linked to palm oil, POIC Lahad Datu also offers business opportunities in a wide range of supporting industries needed for a sector which contributes RM4 billion in state revenue per annum and employs 130,000.

POIC Lahad Datu is incorporated within the Sabah Development Corridor concept which aims to propel the state to developed status by 2025. To-date, 1,600 acres in POIC Lahad Datu have been developed with infrastructure and utilities. The industrial park is planned to cover more than 4,000 acres.

POIC Lahad Datu is envisaged to be not only a catalyst for the development of Sabah, but also the resource-rich BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area) which supplies the world market with palm oil, cocoa, rubber, timber and minerals, including coal and petroleum.

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POIC News & Events

Conferences & Exhibitions

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 SIE 2014 [18-21 September 2014, Sutera Harbour Resort]]

The Sabah International Expo 2014 (SIE 2014) will be held on 18-21 September 2014 at Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


 Oils and Fats International Congress 2014 (OFIC 2014) [5-6 November 2014, KLCC]

Oils and Fats International Congress 2014 (OFIC 2014) will be held on 5-6 November 2014 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia


 Sabah International Business Luncheon Talk [18 September 2014, Kota Kinabalu]

Sabah International Business Luncheon Talk will be held on 18 September 2014 at Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu


 Persidangan Pekebun Kecil sawit Kebangsaan 2014 [11-12 Ogos 2014, Sibu, Sarawak)

Persidangan Pekebun Kecil Sawit Kebangsaan 2014, anjuran Lembaga Minyak Sawit Malaysia (MPOB), akan berlangsung pada 11-12 Ogos 2014 di Hotel Kingwood, Sibu, Sarawak


 International Palm Oil Sustainability Conference (IPOSC) 2014 [19-20 August 2014, Kota Kinabalu]

The 4th IPOSC will be held on 19-20 august 2014 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


 Seminar on Oil Palm Mechanisation PalmMech 2014 [24-26 November 2014, Bandar Baru Bangi]

PalmMech 2014, organsied by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, will be held on the 24-26 November 2014 at the MOPB Head office, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor


 Innovating Malaysia Conference 2014 [28-29 August 2014, KLCC]

Innovating Malaysia Conference 2014: Return On Innovation, organized by Agensi Inovasi Malaysia, will be held on 28-29 August 2014 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre


 2014 National Seminar on Palm Oil Milling, Refining, Environment and Quality (POMREQ) [3-4 Nov 2014, Kuching]

The 2014 POMREQ will be held on 3-4 November 2014 at Pullman Kuching, Sarawak


 BioMalaysia & BioEconomy Asia Pacific 2014 [19-21 Nov 2014, KLCC]

The BioMalaysia & BioEconomy Asia Pacific 2014 will be held on 19-21 Nov 2014 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Industry Highlights

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  Elevance, Genting Deal Confirms It: Asia Is The New Brazil
Source: Biofuel Digest. 14 July 2014

We hear from Illinois that Elevance Renewable Sciences is announcing a 25:75 collaboration between Elevance and Genting Plantations Berhad - aimed at building a 240,000 MT metathesis biorefinery based on Elevance's proprietary metathesis technology, and will produce renewable, high-performance olefins and specialty chemicals that can be used in multiple end-product applications, including lubricants, surfactants and detergents. The refinery will be located in the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) in Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia.


 Mechanical and Physical Properties of Oil Palm Trunk Core Particleboard Bonded with Different UF Resins
Source: Journal of Oil Palm Research. Vol.26, June 2014

Rapid price increases and reduction in the supply of rubberwood has forced the particleboard manufacturers to look for new alternative raw materials.


 Zero Discharge Treatment Technology of Palm Oil Mill Effluent
Source: Journal of Oil Palm Research. Vol. 25, December 2013

Palm oil processing operation is invariably accompanied by palm oil mill effluent (POME) considered to be an environmental pollutant.


 Investigation of Palm Fatty acid Distillate Oil as an Alternative to Petrochemical-Based Lubricants
Source: Journal of Oil Palm Research. Vol.26, March 2014

The development and application of new sources of lubricant/hydraulic oils for industrial use are rapidly increasing.


 Economic Feasibility Study on Establishing an Oil Palm Biogas Plant in Malaysia
Source: Oil Palm Industry Economic Journal. Vol.13(1), March 2013

The processing of oil palm fresh fruit bunch (FFB) primarily for palm oil results in the production of large amount of wastes.


 National Biomass Strategy 2020: New Wealth Creation for Malaysia
Source: Agensi Inovasi Malaysia. Version 2.0, 2013

Malaysia currently generates about 12 percent of GNI from the agriculture sector. In the process of creating this value, a significant amount of biomass is generated every year across a variety of crops, including but not limited to palm oil, rubber and rice. Within agriculture, by far the largest contributor to GNI is the palm oil sector, contributing about 8 percent or over RM 80 billion. The palm oil sector correspondingly generates the largest amount of biomass, estimated at 83 million dry tonnes in 2012. This is expected to increase to about 100 million dry tonnes by 2020, primarily driven by increases in yield. This is why the National Biomass Strategy 2020 had thus far focused on oil palm biomass. We are currently in the process of also extending the scope to include all types of biomass from sources such as rubber, wood and rice husk.


 Innovative approach to move up biomass value chain

The National Biomass Strategy 2020 (NBS) introduced in 2010 puts the spotlight on the readily available raw material in Malaysia and highlights opportunities to convert this into higher value output beyond its current use as fertiliser, and instead for wood products and as a source of energy.


 Specialty Oleochemicals from Palm Oil Via Enzymatic Syntheses
Source: Journal of Palm Oil Research. Vol. 25(1), April 2013

Southeast Asian countries have dominated the export trade of palm oil, as Malaysia and Indonesia exported over 35 million tonnes of oil palm in 2010 (MPOB, 2011). The Malaysian palm oil industry has flourished with a favourable growth in export demand due to the limited supply of world oils and fats. The high demand due to depleting world stock levels results in higher prices of oils and fats as well as palm oil products

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