The Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (APCChE) was founded in 1975 through the efforts of Professor T.Mizushina of Kyoto University, Japan. It was formed to provide a focus for various non-profit societies, associations and institutions working in the field of Chemical Engineering in the Asian Pacific region. APCChE comprises of member Societies in 13 countries and regions, People's Republic of China, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Iran.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers, the Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Germany and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK) are corresponding members.
The establishment of APCChE was the third world chemical engineering region to be established following the Inter-American and European Confederations. Prior to the founding of APCChE the ‘World’ of chemical engineering was mainly through two confederations covering the Americas and Europe. Asia, Africa and much of Eastern Europe was not included. International chemical engineering conferences were mainly hosted in Europe and the Americas. Africa, the Middle East and Russia are still not covered and this is under active consideration by the World Chemical Engineering Council (WCEC). The WCEC was formed in Melbourne at the 6th World Congress of Chemical Engineering in 2001 and it includes many worldwide institutions and societies of chemical engineering as well as the Confederations.
The first APCChE Congress was held in Indonesia in 1978, followed by congresses in the Philippines 2nd (1981), Thailand 3rd (1984), Singapore 4th (1987), Malaysia 5th (1990), Australia 6th (1993), Taiwan, China 7th (1996), Korea 8th (1999), New Zealand 9th (2002), Japan 10th (2004), Malaysia 11th (2006), Dalian 12th (2008), Taiwan, China 13th (2010), Singapore 14th (2012), Korea 15th (2013), Australia (2015), China (2017) and Japan (2019).