Mitsui (MES) in Southeast Asia

​Partnering with Mitsui (MES) in Southeast Asia

In 2008 Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) came to us with questions about converting agricultural waste common to Malaysia. Mitsui ended up licensing our technology in 2010 for commercial scale Inbicon Biomass Refineries.

Mitsui was the first company to license the production of cellulosic ethanol using Inbicon technology. The company remains one of our most highly valued partners.

​The project is the first full-scale cellulosic ethanol project in Malaysia

First pilot-scale plant in operation

A pilot-scale Inbicon plant is now in operation in Tawau, East Malaysia. It converts empty fruit bunches, an agricultural residue from palm oil production, into cellulosic ethanol. The project is part of an on-going collaboration between Inbicon, Mitsui, and Teck Guan.

The partners are now preparing for a commercial plant. The project is the first full-scale cellulosic ethanol project in Malaysia and enjoys strong government support, not least because it aligns with Malaysia's National Biomass Strategy for 2020.