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Argus Biomass Asia 2018

There is a good reason for the intense interest in Asian biomass markets. 

Significant demand increases in Japan and South Korea offer interesting opportunities for a range of stakeholders across the wood pellet and oil palm biomass supply chains in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. But the push for renewables initiatives in southeast Asia, increasing domestic demand and often challenging inland logistics are likely to result in considerable price increases, particularly for palm kernel shell (PKS).

This tug-of-war for Asian biomass supplies will be the core focus for the 2018 conference, as we move to provide further coverage in PKS and the region’s biomass power generation projects.

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Your agenda highlights 

  1. Key notes – overview of the global and Asia-Pacific market
  2. Overview of the Atlantic market 
  3. Market drivers for Asia-Pacific demand
  4. Asia-Pacific supply – woody biomass and oil palm biomass
  5. Contracts and pricing
  6. Shipping and logistics

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Past speakers

Hiroaki Goto, Deputy Manager, Fuel & Power Trade Division, Energy Trading Dept, eRex Hiroaki Goto
Deputy Manager, Fuel & Power Trade Division
Energy Trading Dept
 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
John Jeon, Biomass Trader, Green Energy Team, GS Global Corp John Jeon
Biomass Trader, Green Energy Team
GS Global
Eisuke Nomura, Director, Biomass Fuel Co
Eisuke Nomura 
Biomass Fuel Co
Dikki Akhmar Chairman Indonesian Palm-Kernel Shell Business Association (Apcasi) Dikki Akhmar
Indonesian Palm-Kernel Shell Business Association
Craig Jackson, General Manager, Cellmark Asia 	Craig Jackson
General Manager
Cellmark Asia
Timothy Ong, Senior Vice President, Agensi Inovasi Malaysia Timothy Ong
Senior Vice President
Agensi Inovasi Malaysia
Weerachai Limpornchaijaroen, Chief Operation Officer, Power Pellet Co

Weerachai Limpornchaijaroen

KWM Service


Who attended Argus Biomass Asia last year?

Senior management from utilities, pellet producers, trading firms, and shipping and logistics companies, including eREX, GS Global, Hanwa, Engie, Cellmark Asia and Enviva.

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Conference Agenda

 Day 1 - Wednesday, 6 June 

08:30 - 09:10

Registration and exhibition stands open

09:10 - 09:15 Chairman’s welcome remarks
09:15 - 10:30 

Key notes – overview of the global and Asia-Pacific markets

This session will include two keynote presentations providing a glimpse of the global biomass market with a focus on Asia-Pacific. Join us to understand the impact of the Paris climate agreement and the ripple effect it has on demand growth and future price trends.

  • Specific details of the global carbon reduction agreement as it relates to buyers
  • Readiness of producers to meet the expected demand
10:30 - 11:00 Morning refreshments
11:00 - 13:00

Overview of the Atlantic market

Speakers will assess key drivers of pellet consumption in Europe, from the latest developments in renewable policies to the outlook of European demand for imported biomass. There will also be in-depth analysis of the supply landscape from North America and its capability to meet growing Asian demand.

  • Explore the EU’s view of biomass as a renewable energy source
  • Capacity expansions in North America and concerns about feedstock availability
  • US is pivoting to Asia — opportunities from new trading routes
13:00 - 14:30  Networking lunch
14:30 - 17:30 

Market drivers for Asia-Pacific demand

Find out the current status of Japanese demand. Join us as we review the demand growth and forecasts for the South Korean market. Hear about the rise of renewable power in southeast Asia and its potential to create a paradigm shift in demand.

  • Planned Japanese power plants and the impact of the lower feed-in-tariff
  • South Korea’s import volumes and quality needs
  • Growth of biomass power generation in other Asian countries 
17:30 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by end of conference day one
18:00 - 20:00

Cocktail reception

Day 2 - Thursday, 7 June

09:00 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:30  Chairman’s opening remarks
09:30 - 10:30

Asia-Pacific supply – woody biomass and oil palm biomass

Significant demand increases in Asia offer interesting opportunities for a range of stakeholders across the woody biomass supply chains in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Australia. How will competition for market share pan out and what are the various business development and marketing initiatives by sellers?

  • Suppliers’ perspective — supply chain management and export outlook 
  • Wood pellets versus wood chips in Asia
  • PKS production — quality, seasonal availability and cost
10:30 - 11:00 Morning refreshments
11:00 - 12:30

Contracts and pricing

Leading experts will address issues on international sourcing and contracting from governing law, official language clauses, dispute resolution to taxation. Market participants will also discuss the need for a hedging instrument to offset price risk.

  • Case studies under the different government policies 
  • Fixed price contracts — key considerations for producers
  • How do buyers manage floating prices in inelastic power markets 
  • Possibility of standardised contract for trading biomass cargoes
12:30 - 14:00  Networking lunch
14:00 - 15:00 

Shipping and logistics

What is the current status and outlook of vessel availability for biomass transportation? Speakers will speak on the outlook for freight rates for handysize bulk carriers and order books.

  • How to secure bulk carriers for the new shipping flows
  • Security aspects of biomass storage and transportation
15:00 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by end of conference

If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the conference, please email

*This agenda is subject to change.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird Fee (Available before 12 April 2018)
US$ 1200
Standard Registration Fee
US$ 1600

Conference fee includes:

  • Day pass to participate in all sessions on both conference days
  • Evening drinks reception on 6 June
  • Networking lunches on 6 and 7 June
  • Refreshment breaks during all conference days
  • One set of conference documentation 

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** Travel, accommodation and visa costs are not included in the conference fee.
** Registration fees are subject to the prevailing government tax.

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Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of Argus Biomass Asia 2018 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.

Marketing, branding and lead generation: Customizing the right mix for your business needs

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.

Corporate Sponsorship Packages

As Corporate Sponsors, you will receive the highest level of exposure at the conference and stand out above everyone else. Your logo will appear first on all materials related to the conference – before, during and after the event. This is an excellent way to position your company as a leader in the biomass industry, and we will work with you to ensure the conference meets your objectives.

Registration Sponsorship

As registration sponsor, you will make an impact on delegates as soon as they arrive at the conference. Your branding will be clearly displayed in the busy registration area where all delegates collect their badge and information pack.

Lunch Sponsorship

By sponsoring a lunch at our conference, you will have the opportunity to communicate your message to delegates in an informal setting. Your logo will be featured exclusively on signage around the venue directing delegates to the lunch, and your logo will be featured on tent cards on every table.

Coffee and Refreshments Sponsorship

Conference delegates live on coffee and as sponsor of the coffee and refreshments station, your branding will be visible to all delegates as they refuel throughout the event. Located in the exhibition area, you will benefit from a constant flow of participants seeing your message.

Delegate Bag

A quality conference bag is given to each delegate on arrival, containing essential event information including the programme and delegate list. As delegate bag sponsor, your logo will be displayed exclusively on the bag, promoting your brand to all conference delegates. As an optional extra, you can insert your literature into the bags as well.

For more details on the sponsorship packages, please contact William Fork

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Endless opportunities for our exhibitors

  • 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

Floor Plan


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The exhibition area is always the hub of activity at the conference and the floorplan is designed to maximise traffic around your stand. To ensure your company does not miss out on lead generation and sales, contact William Fork today to reserve your stand now.

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General Enquiries
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Speaking Opportunities
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Registration / Group Bookings
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