AOMG’s 32nd Annual General Meeting

Category: News Published: Wednesday, 11 April 2018
This year it was held on 5th March 2018 at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel again coinciding with the Palm and Lauric Oils Price Outlook Conference & Exhibition (POC).

In his address the outgoing chairman Mr Tan Kean Hua noted the admission of a new member Evyap Sabun Malaysia. During the course of the AGM another new member was admitted viz PT Energi Sejahtera Mas (office address at Sinarmas Cepsa Pte Ltd) bringing the total membership to 17. Mr Tan noted the first AOMG RSPO survey which showed a steady uptake of certified sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil by the group since 2013. This report was well received when it was presented to the RSPO.

A well attended AGM of the ASEAN Oleochemical Manufacturers Group in Kuala Lumpur

The AGM voted in Mr John Hall of PT Musim Mas as the AOMG chairman for 2018 – 2020 and Vice Chairman Mr Suresh Gunaratnam of Natural Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd. The AOMG Technical Committee Chairman is Mr Choong Wai Tuck of IOI Acidchem Sdn Bhd and Vice Chairman Ms Netti Sumarta of PT Soci Mas.

Mr. John Hall is British with over forty years of experience in the Oleochemical and Surfactant business. Although a chemist by profession John has spent most of his career in Marketing and Management roles having held many senior positions within the  Oleochemical  industry.  Formerly with Unilever, Cremeroleo and Stepan, John now holds the position as Managing Director of the Musim Mas Global Oleochemical Business based in Singapore. John also served on the European Oleochemical Industry Group (APAG) glycerine committee in the mid-nineties whilst working for the Unilever Group. John has also witnessed the development and phenomenal growth of the Asian Oleochemical Industry over the last forty years, the creative technology and innovative solutions developed in Asia and the inevitable consolidation. John has lived and worked in Asia for fourteen years.

“It is a great honor for me to chair this industry group. I will encourage the sustainable development, production, safety and innovation needed to increase the use and awareness of tropical oil based oleochemicals. It is important that we as an industry group support the message of sustainable palm oil and its derivatives. We also need to confront with sound technical arguments the many misleading statements being made today about our palm related industry, particularly in Europe and we all need to work together to protect the growth and development of the ASEAN Oleochemical Industry”. 

Mr. Choong Wai Tuck graduated Magna Cum Laude in Bachelor of Applied Science and a Registered Chemist with the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the oleochemical industry and is currently the Head of Research and Sustainability for the IOI Oleochemical Group. He has been chairing the Malaysian Oleochemical Manufacturers Group (MOMG) Technical Committee since 2013. He holds the current chair of the ASEAN Oleochemical Manufacturers Group (AOMG) Technical Committee and the AOMG RSPO Technical Working Group since 2016 and 2012 respectively.

“With the support and participation of members, including the new ones, I hope to enhance the vital and already well established platform of sharing best practices in sustainability, manufacturing, quality and process safety.”
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