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Evyap moves into Asia, and palm oil

October 28, 2013

In a bold new move, Turkish tallow-based soap maker Evyap has embarked on a major oleochemicals project in Malaysia, based on palm oil.

Located in the Tanjung Langsat Palm Oil Cluster in the state of Johor, the new facility is expected to start production by mid-2014, with a total production capability in the region of 400,000 tonnes of finished products, including 150,000 tonnes of soap, as well as fatty acids, glycerine, hydrogenated products, specialised animal feeds and a range of personal care products.

In a bold new move, Turkish tallow-based soap maker Evyap has embarked on a major oleochemicals project in Malaysia, based on palm oil. Located in the Tanjung Langsat Palm Oil Cluster in the state of Johor, the new facility is expected to start production by mid-2014, with a total production capability in the region of 400,000 tonnes of finished products, including 150,000 tonnes of soap, as well as fatty acids, glycerine, hydrogenated products, specialised animal feeds and a range of personal care products.

The company said that Evyap Sabun Malaysia would be possibly the first fully integrated oleochemicals and personal care plant, with one of the largest capacities, and the company had acquired enough land at the site for a Phase 2 development. Evyap managing director, Tanuj Roy, described the move as “a paradigm shift from many angles”, firstly because the company’s feedstock base in Turkey (for soap) was tallow, secondly because it would be the largest sector investment from Turkey to Malaysia, and thirdly because he believed it would be the first greenfield oleochemical project in Malaysia for more than a decade.

Mindful of the large volume of new capacities scheduled to come into operation in Southeast Asia, Roy also pointed out that a large part of the new plant’s production would be for the company’s captive use, with vegetable-based fatty acids replacing tallow for soap production, and commercial tie-ups proceeding in fatty acid consuming sectors such as paper, coatings and resins, lubricants, rubber and personal care, all of which he said were registering steady growth.


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