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The Asian biomass market is expected to continue heating up.

Current and forecast biomass demand from South Korea and Japan has left many suppliers in the region scrambling to keep up. More than 100 biomass industry stakeholders gathered in Singapore in 2016 to examine sustainable business models in a bid to ensure availability and stability of affordable crop and wood residue supplies.

The programme in 2017 will focus on the value chain of the wood pellets and palm biomass markets, providing a glimpse into key suppliers, manufacturers, distribution channels, as well as the interaction of suppliers and buyers with consumers. Participants will be able to evaluate the competitive landscape and identify new business opportunities.

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Highlights for 2017

  • A look into the competitive fuel landscape of palm kernel shell (PKS), wood pellets and wood chips
  • Insights into Japan’s PKS import volumes and quality needs – how will palm biomass evolve within Japan’s sourcing strategy?
  • China’s biomass demand from short-to-medium term
  • Latest updates on Vietnam’s pellet production volumes and quality
  • Perspectives from a South Korean buyer – understanding the sourcing strategies

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Please find below the working agenda for Argus Biomass Asia 2017. If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the conference, please email


Conference Day 1 | 14 June | Wednesday 

08:30 - 09:10

Registration and exhibition stands open

09:10 - 09:15 Chairman’s welcome remarks

Jim Nicholson, Senior Vice President Asia, Argus

Session 1: Opening Session

09:15 - 09:45  Global overview of the biomass markets – focus on Asia
  • A look into the competitive fuel landscape of palm kernel shell (PKS), wood pellets and wood chips 
Rachael Levinson, Editor, Argus Biomass Markets, Argus 
09:15 - 09:45 Building an international sourcing portfolio

Craig Jackson, General Manager, Cellmark Asia
10:15 - 10:25  Questions and answers 
10:25 - 11:00 Morning refreshments

Session 2: A closer look into Japan’s demand

11:00 - 11:30 Japan’s requirements of biomass – quality, logistics and prices

Hiroaki Goto,
Deputy Manager, Fuel & Power Trade Division, Energy Trading Dept, eRex Co
11:30 - 12:00  Price analysis for biomass – implications of Japan’s demand on prices

Masaki Mita, Head of Japan Office, Argus
12:00 - 12:30 Insights into Japan’s PKS import volumes and quality needs – how will palm biomass evolve within Japan’s sourcing strategy?

Eisuke Nomura, Director, Biomass Fuel Co
12:30 - 13:00 Panel Discussion: Japan’s rising import needs

Moderator: Masaki Mita, Head of Japan Office, Argus
  • Hiroaki Goto, Deputy Manager, Fuel & Power Trade Division, Energy Trading Dept, eRex Co
  • Eisuke Nomura, Director, Biomass Fuel Co
13:00 - 14:30  Networking lunch

Session 3: Growing competition in supply sources

14:30 - 15:00  Latest updates on Vietnam’s pellet production volumes and quality

Ngo Sy Hoai, Vice Secretary General, Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (VIFORES)
15:00 - 15:30  Thai rubber wood pellets – what to look out for

Weerachai Limpornchaijaroen, Director, KWM Service Co
15:30 - 16:00 Can Canadian/US pellets compete for the Asian market?
16:00 - 16:10  Questions and answers
16:10 - 16:40 Afternoon refreshments
16:40 - 17:10  Exchange traded wood pellets: using the new wood pellet contracts to manage risk and access wider market pricing

François Megret, Biomass Broker, Tradition Green

Session 4: Improving the operational aspects of wood pellet production, transport and storage

17:10 - 17:40  New pelletising technologies
17:40 - 17:50 Questions and answers
17:50 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by end of conference day one

Jim Nicholson,
Senior Vice President Asia, Argus
18:00 - 20:00

Cocktail reception

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Conference Day 2 | 15 June | Thursday

09:00 - 09:30


09:20 - 09:25  Chairman’s remarks

Sunita Sharma, VP, Products, Asia, Argus

Session 5: Explore the potential of Asian biomass markets

09:05 - 09:55

South Korea’s demand outlook on biomass

John Jeon, Biomass Trader, Green Energy Team, GS Global Corp

09:55 - 10:30  Status of China’s biomass market and the production of hydrocarbon fuel from biomass

Zhang Xinghua, Assistant Professor, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences
10:30 - 10:40  Questions and answers
10:40 - 11:10 Morning refreshments
11:10 - 11:15  Chairman’s remarks

Claire Pickard-Cambridge, Asia Solid Fuels Manager, Argus

Session 6: Future opportunities and challenges for biomass trading

11:10 - 11:40  Insights into the framework of developing biomass projects in Asia – from supply security to risk management
  • Operation, regulatory and bankability issues 
  • Revenue models for biomass 
  • Sustainability goals as a driver for global demand
Shalabh Singhania, Portfolio Manager, InfraCo Asia
11:40 - 12:10  How will the upcoming biomass power plants in southeast Asia compete with exports?
12:10 - 12:15 Questions and answers
12:15 - 12:30  Fundamentals of the palm kernel shell (PKS) market and its price developments

Claire Pickard-Cambridge, Asia Solid Fuels ManagerArgus 
12:30 - 12:50 Panel Discussion: Will the palm kernel shell (PKS) supply be sufficient to support the demand - perspectives from sellers
  • ‘Real’ cost of oil palm biomass – location, harvest, transport infrastructure, quality accreditation
  • Pricing strategy of PKS
  • Role of aggregators in the PKS trade
12:50 - 13:00 Chairman’s closing remarks

Claire Pickard-Cambridge,
Asia Solid Fuels Manager, Argus
13:00 - 14:30  Networking lunch
14:30 End of conference

*This agenda is subject to change.

Confirmed Speakers

Yoshinobu Kusano, General Manager, Biomass Business, Sumitomo Corporation
Yoshinobu Kusano

General Manager, Biomass Business, Materials and Supplies, Business Development & Promotion Dept

Yoshinobu Kusano joined Sumitomo in 1978. He was involved in Sumitomo’s woodchips projects for the Japanese pulp & paper industry from 1990-95. From 2000-06 he was the deputy general manager and was involved in the management of woodchip projects. Since 2007 he has been in charge of the development of Sumitomo’s biomass business.
Eisuke Nomura, Director, Biomass Fuel Co
Eisuke Nomura

Biomass Fuel Co

In 2009, Mr Nomura was a key player in building Human & Eco Energy Resources in Malaysia and was responsible for launching the utilization of PKS as biomass fuel in the Japanese market. The PKS business has since been expanded to Indonesia where Biomass Fuel Co was established.

John Jeon, Biomass Trader, Green Energy Team, GS Global Corp

John Jeon

Biomass Trader, Green Energy Team
GS Global Corp

John is a biomass trader at GS Global and has experience in both wood pellets and palm kernel shell deliveries.
Jim Nicholson

Jim Nicholson

Senior Vice President, Asia

Jim Nicholson joined Argus in March 2004, having spent most of his career specialising in publishing and energy market price discovery. He is responsible for all Asian business development and editorial activity at Argus, based out of the company’s Singapore office.
Craig Jackson, General Manager, Cellmark Asia

Craig Jackson

General Manager
Cellmark Asia

Craig Jackson has over 35 years in the forest product sector and is currently based in Singapore. His previous positions include director of Green Pellet Sarawak, managing director of Sierra Fibres division of CellMark and general manager (Asia) of CellMark Pulp.

Ngo Sy Hoai, Vice Secretary General, Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (VIFORES)
Ngo Sy Hoai

Vice Secretary General
Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (VIFORES)

Since 2003, Ngo Sy Hoai has been the Vice Secretary General of VIFORES and a director of an EU-funded project on promotion of sustainable wood industries amongst SMEs of Vietnam. Prior to it,  he was a senior staff in the International Cooperation Department (ICD) at Ministry of Forestry (MoF), in charge of forestry cooperation with Japan and EU, and the integration of Vietnam forestry into international initiatives/processes toward sustainable forest management and responsible wood processing and trading.

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Masaki Mita

Head of Japan Office

Masaki Mita runs the Argus Japan office. He develops business strategy and advises Japanese market participants of the benefits of using independent price assessments. He previously worked as an energy market reporter at other international and local energy price reporting agencies, where he built his experience and knowledge in a variety of markets in Asia-Pacific.
Weerachai Limpornchaijaroen, Chief Operation Officer, Power Pellet Co
Weerachai Limpornchaijaroen

KWM Service Co

Weerachai has 18 years of experience in building and factory management, machinery development and has been a strong advocate for renewable energy especially biomass fuel pellets. He is currently the Chief Operation Officer at Power Pellet Co, a position he has held since 2014. From 1995-2013, he was a professor at Faculty of Engineering, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Bangkok.
Zhang Xinghua, Assistant Professor, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Zhang Xinghua

Assistant Professor
Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Zhang Xinghua has 10 years of experience in thermo-catalytic conversion of biomass resources to high-grade liquid fuel via hydrodeoxygenation technology.
Shalabh Singhania, Portfolio Manager, InfraCo Asia

Shalabh Singhania
Portfolio Manager
InfraCo Asia

Shalabh Singhania joined InfraCo Asia as a Business Analyst in September, 2014. In his role, Shalabh conducts quantitative and qualitative analysis of infrastructure development opportunities and co-investment projects across Asia.

Rachael Levinson, Editor, Argus Biomass Markets, Argus

Rachael Levinson
Editor, Argus Biomass Markets

Rachael Levinson joined Argus Media in 2014 to cover the biomass markets. She currently leads the biomass team at Argus and edits the Argus Biomass Markets weekly report. Rachael has been a financial journalist for over 7 years.

Claire Pickard Cambridge Speaker
Claire Pickard-Cambridge
Asia Solid Fuels Manager

Claire Pickard-Cambridge has been with Argus for the past 16 years, covering a range of energy markets. She began working for the company in London as Africa editor, followed by nine years in the company’s Washington DC office. She joined the Argus Singapore office in January 2016 as the company’s Asia solid fuels manager, responsible for coverage of the thermal coal, petroleum coke and biomass markets. Prior to Argus, she worked at oil consultancy Global Pacific and Partners in Johannesburg, South Africa and was previously Africa editor at Business Day newspaper in Johannesburg.

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Registration Fees

Standard Registration Fee

US$ 1500

Conference fee includes:

  • Day pass to participate in all sessions on both conference days
  • Evening drinks reception on 14 June
  • Networking lunches on 14 and 15 June
  • Refreshment breaks during all conference days
  • One set of conference documentation 

Group discounts are available. Please contact Samson Yeo for more details. 

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Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of Argus Biomass Asia 2017 is to provide participants with insights into the Asian biomass market. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated. Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

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Argus works with you to understand your current marketing needs to customize the most effective package to help you reach your business objectives. Early planning and discussion of objectives allow us to work out the best strategy. Let us help you reach your target audience and generate amazing results.

A wide range of sponsorship options are available for many budgets that are proved to deliver a high return on your investment.

Gold Sponsor

CellMark brings products, services and solutions to the world market

CellMark was founded in 1984 in Sweden, as a supply chain service provider and distributor of raw material for the global pulp and paper industry. Over the years, the company has grown exponentially to reach an annual trade volume of 6 million tons and annual sales of USD $3 billion.

Today, we focus our capabilities in these key areas: Chemicals, Metals, Packaging, Paper, Pulp, Basic Chemicals and Energy.

CellMark is truly global, with a network of 70 offices in 30 countries and a large number of representatives in other locations. Our sourcing activities extend to about 80 countries, with sales in more than 120 markets. The company is privately held and owned by its employees. The entire group has about 700 employees.

We specializes in a variety of supply chain services, including: Sales & Marketing, Financial Services, Logistics & Customer Services, Regulatory Compliance & Support, Customer Manufacturing & Product Development.

At CellMark we embrace the challenges involved in shaping innovative solutions for our partners, whatever it takes. We work in an entrepreneurial spirit and encourages business initiatives that lead to sustainable development of the world’s resources.

We are committed to strengthening educational opportunities in partnership with the PaperSeed Foundation, but above all we make business happen.

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Cocktail Sponsor

ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, fighting against climate change and maximizing the use of resources.

The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: independent power production, liquefied natural gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency services.

Associate Sponsor

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Tradition Green is the environmental markets hub of Tradition, one of the world’s largest and most successful brokerage firms. With teams in London, New York, Beijing, Santiago, and experts from our 32 country offices around the world, it brings together brokerage, advisory, and finance into one central hub, providing our clients with assistance across the biomass, biofuels, renewable energy, carbon, and emissions markets worldwide.

Tradition has a long history of building businesses in the environmental markets. Opening its first London desk in 2001 to arrange over-the-counter transactions for tradable renewable energy certificates, and then desks in New York, Melbourne, Beijing, Singapore and Santiago covering an increasing number of linked environmental markets, it has always been a progressive early mover, and continues to innovate today.

Now in 2017, Tradition Green is building international businesses in wood chips, wood pellets, logs and waste wood, working with clients to originate opportunities to buy and sell to new customers, and opening up the market by providing wider market access and transparent pricing.

Tradition sees opportunities in the environmental markets, and is proud to show leadership by promoting sustainable business practices to its clients.

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Alvan Blanch, is a British manufacturing and project engineering company with a global reach, specialising in the design and manufacture of machines and integrated systems for the drying and processing of biomass, agricultural & waste products.

Our proud reputation gained over 60 years for the quality of our innovative and reliable products and for the level of personal service that we give to our clients, we believe is second to none.

ln-house design & manufacture of most of our products allows us to ensure our products meet high standards of quality and finish.

Our factory utilises the latest production and management systems, coupled with our skilled work force, gives us flexibility to react to special requirements and urgent schedules of our clients.

Our field staff have a great deal of technical experience – so when you contact Alvan Blanch, it will be with someone who really understands your industry. Offices in UK (Head Office & Factory), Dubai & Australia, support partner’s in New Zealand, Thailand (soon in Vietnam).

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CPM Europe is a leading supplier of process equipment and technology for the animal feed, biomass, oilseed and a lot of other industries. We have a worldwide reputation as pelleting, grinding, conditioning and flaking solutions specialists. We are dedicated specialists with over a century experience. This results in machines that ensure continuous operation, high performance and the lowest operating costs. Built to last, designed for the long term. As we are based in The Netherlands, Zaandam, we offer you European sound quality on a world-scale.

CPM Europe is part of CPM Group worldwide:

CPM stands for California Pellet Mill Co. with a history going back to 1883. Today CPM is part of a worldwide group of companies including Roskamp Champion, Beta Raven, Century Extrusion and Wolverine Proctor & Schwarz which are forming the CPM acquisition corp. CPM acquisition corp. is owned by Gilbert Global Equity Partners. The CPM / Roskamp Champion division has a worldwide reputation as flaking, grinding and pelleting specialists. CPM pellet mills and equipment are used all over the world. On every continent CPM has its local service stations. CPM Europe is responsible for the European, Middle East and African market.

Rainbow Pellet stands today as Malaysia’s largest wood pellet producer, with a yearly output of circa 160,000 tons.

We are recognised by the European Pellet Council with the ENplus quality certification, and have also been endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Our company is a sister company of Pio Hardwoods (M) Sdn. Bhd., a company with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Our Meranti products are exported to key markets in the world, stretching from Europe, South Africa to Middle East.

Control Union 170

Control Union is a global network of inspection operations, certifying services and dedicated laboratories.

The Biofuel & Biomass industry is a key focus area for Control Union. We conduct feasibility studies, provide due diligence activities and perform inspections. Sustainability is one of the main pillars of our company. Hence, we offer a broad range of sustainable certification programmes, such as the Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP), International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISSC) and Green Gold Label (GGL).

The latter programme is an international certification scheme for solid biomass and biofuels. GGL was already established in 2002 and is therefore amongst the earliest biomass schemes. GGL was originally started by utility companies to account for the sustainability of biomass used in large-scale co-firing. GGL has a modular structure, offering value chain-specific and customized solutions. We can offer our services for existing programs such as GGL, but can also work together with you on customized (sustainability) programs. Our network of dedicated experts is familiar with social, environmental and economic auditing along with the practices of foresters, processors and traders.

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  • An area for your target audience to view your products and services directly
  • An opportunity to raise your profile and build your brand in the market
  • Have face to face meetings with potential clients in an exclusive area
  • A great marketing opportunity for you to tell your clients where to find you at the conference

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Event Partners

Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (VIFORES)
Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (Vifores) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization and it represents Vietnamese companies operating in areas of forest establishment, harvesting, processing, consumption and the import and export trade of forest products.

World Bioenergy Association (WBA)
The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) is the global organisation dedicated to supporting and representing the wide range of actors in the bioenergy sector.

Malaysia Biomass Industries Confederation (MBIC)
MBIC is a non-profit organisation served to develop the biomass industries in Malaysia through strategic partnership with biomass SMEs and major feedstock owners as well as research institutes and international bodies.

Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion - Chinese Academy of Sciences (GIEC)
Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion - Chinese Academy of Sciences (GIEC) was founded in 1978. GIEC is fully devoted to the R&D of renewable energy such as biomass energy, solar energy and geothermal energy.

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Singapore 039593


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