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.