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Palm Oil Uses

In the food industries, palm oil is the choice for manufacturing solid fat products. Palm olein and stearin are popularly used worldwide in making margarine, shortenings and confectionery, and in frying snack foods.

The non-edible uses of palm oil and palm kernel oil are also of great economic value, especially in the manufacture of soaps, in biodegradable detergents, and in oleochemical products such as fatty acids, fatty esters, fatty alcohol, fatty nitrogen compounds and glycerol.

The non-edible applications of palm oil and palm kernel oil include the following:

  • Domestic soaps and detergents.
  • Drilling mud for the oil industry. 
  • Epoxidated oil as a plastifier and sterilizer in the plastics industry, in particular for the production of PVC. 
  • Gum. 
  • Candles. 
  • Cosmetics.
  • Printing inks.
  • Metallic soaps for the manufacture of lubricating greases and metallic dryers.
  • Fuels.
  • Greases to lubricate machinery employed in food production.
  • Greases for bread molds and bread making equipment.
  • Greases for the protection of tanks, pipelines and similar open-air operating facilities.
  • Cold rolling processes in steel - making.