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Chemical Advance Materials – Chemical and Chemical Products

Chemicals and
Chemical Products

Malaysia’s abundant natural resources prove to be an advantage for the country’s chemicals and chemical products industry. This industry is a major contributor to the manufacturing sector with petrochemicals and oleochemicals being the primary products of this sector.

Chemicals and chemical products are often used as raw materials in the manufacturing of various finished goods such as electrical and electronics, plastic products, agriculture, automotive, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and construction materials..

The chemicals and chemical products industry still has significant room for growth, development, and improvement.

In order to move up to the next level, we encourage chemicals and chemical product manufacturers to leverage the entire chemical ecosystem to increase innovation efficiency and explore new markets. Make the shift from selling just mere products to providing innovative solutions that can contribute to a more advanced and environmentally sustainable industry.

Moving forward, Malaysia is looking to venture into new sub-segments within the speciality chemicals segment. Industry players have begun exploring the possibility to produce speciality chemical products directly from crude oil by using Crude Oil-To-Chemicals (COTC) technology. Non-fuel products such as catalysts, aromatics, white spirits (naphtha), wax, and white oil offer a huge market potential to be explored. These products can be used as additives for various industries such as food and beverages, construction and automotive. Another area of development is in the reformulation of marketing and supply chain management policies, preparing the industry to further diversify both its sources of raw materials and its markets. This will empower industry players to choose from various suppliers and target markets, providing them greater flexibility and freedom when doing business.

MIDA continues to be a strong supporter for the R&D, adoption, and commercialisation of new technologies for a more advanced, high-tech, and highly-automated industry. We seek to position Malaysia as a globally-compliant nation when it comes to handling chemicals from end-to-end, thus ensuring that chemicals produced are used in ways that minimise risks in terms of human health and environmental impact.

21.3%

Domestic Investments

(RM0.29 bil)

RM1.36 bil

Total Approved Investments in 2020

80%

78.7%

Foreign Investments

(RM1.07 bil)

RM1.36 bil

Total Approved Investments in 2020

21.3%

Domestic Investments

(RM0.29 bil)

78.7%

Foreign Investments

(RM1.07 bil)

38

Approved Projects

1,370

Job Opportunities

For more statistics, please click here.

Chemicals and Chemical Products

Inorganic
Chemicals

Agricultural
Chemicals

Industrial
Gases

Fertilisers

Paint and
Printing Ink

Inorganic Chemicals

  • This sector covers the production of chlor-alkali, acids, and some speciality chemicals such as silicates, oxides, hydroxides, acids, electronic chemicals and catalysts.
  • Major players are CCM Chemicals, Taiko, Malay-Sino Chemical Industries, South Pacific Chemical Industries, Nylex, ACME Chemicals and BASF.

Agricultural Chemicals

  • There are more than 100 companies in operation in this sector. A large number of these are local companies involved in the mixing and blending or formulation or agricultural chemicals.

Industrial Gases

  • There are more than 10 companies in operation producing oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, acetylene, argon and nitrous oxide.
  • These industrial gases are usually of purity ranging from 99.5% to 99.9% and are used for industrial application such as welding, cutting, blanketing and hydrogenation.
  • Major manufacturers are PETRONAS Gas, Air Liquide, Linde, Air Products, Iwatani and Southern Industrial Gas

Fertilisers

  • Organic fertilisers are from agricultural waste.
  • Inorganic fertilisers, also referred as synthetic fertiliser, is manufactured artificially and contains minerals or synthetic chemicals such as phosphorus, potassium and other trace elements.
  • There are more than 20 companies in operation.
  • Major producers of fertilisers are ASEAN Bintulu Fertilizers, PETRONAS Chemicals Fertiliser Kedah, PETRONAS Chemicals Fertiliser Sabah, Agri-Sabah Fertilizer, Ancom, Malaysia NPK Fertilizer and Farmcochem.

Paint and Printing Inks

  • There are about 60 manufacturers in operation.
  • Production of paint and its related products comprise varnishes, shellacs, lacquers and thinners and printing inks.
  • Main producers are Nippon Paint , Sime Kansai Paints, First Malaysian Coating, ICI Paints , Hempel Manufacturing, PPG Coatings, Sime Coatings, Jotun Paints and Boustead Sissons Paints.

Our Investors' Highlights

Baerlocher is the leading additive supplier for the plastic industry in Asia and the Middle East. Baerlocher Malaysia, located in Seremban manufactures PVC stabilizers.

- Baerlocher

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