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Surfactants Monthly – September 2015

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Surfactants Monthly Summary – September 2105 As I prepare to head back over to Southeast Asia for our plenary speaking engagement on day 1 of PIPOC in KL, the following news from earlier in September caught my eye. Apparently Wilmar is not doing enough deals! This according to…. Wilmar. This news may come as a surprise to those of us who have followed the prolific company’s activities in surfactants and oleochemicals alone. However, the Kuok family has decided they need to kick it up a notch and therefore have brought in the former head of Goldman Sachs Southeast Asia Investment Banking unit, Hsin Yue Yong in a dealmaking role. It probably doesn’t hurt that Ms. Yong is the wife of the nephew of Wilmar’s CEO, Kuok Khoon Hong. However, with an almost 20 career with Goldman behind her, she is clearly no lightweight. Look for more deals going forward like Wilmar’s acquisition with First Pacific Co., of Australia’s largest baker, Goodman Fielder Ltd. Who knows, we may soon see the much anticipated big move into the North American surfactant value chain by Kuok family. This is my speculation only, I must add. However, if you’ve read this blog or attended…

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Surfactants Monthly – August 2015

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Surfactants Monthly – August 2015 August was a somewhat slow month for the industry and the blog. Nonetheless, even as we write, I’m on the way to a board meeting in Chicago, then over to Europe for a bunch of things including, of course our 4th ICIS Surfactant Conference in Berlin, September 17 – 18th. If you have not registered yet, there is still time and you’ll join over 100 of the most informed and networked people in the industry from companies including L’Oreal, BASF, Henkel, Vopak, Houghton, Jiahua, Syngenta, Kao, SIBUR, Evonik, Unger, Buss, IMCD, PTT, Ecogreen and many more – is that diverse enough for you? I should also remind you that the day before the conference starts, I am teaching the completely revamped “Surfactant Business Essentials” one-day course and that in fact may not have room left as we seek some additional space to accommodate registration. Please check the website for the current status and hopefully you will be able to register. In another commercial plug, which I hope you’ll indulge, most of the news items and links in this blog are from (and to) ICIS News. You are getting here a miniscule sampling of what they…

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