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April 21, 2015
Showa Denko says that it has decided to build a plant at Shanghai to produce high-purity hydrogen fluoride, a specialty gas used to produce semiconductors. The new plant will be built...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Showa-Denko-builds-high-purity-hydrogen-fluoride-plant-in-China_69622.html
April 20, 2015
Mitsui Chemicals says that it has broken ground on a 2,000-m.t./year plant at the company’s site at Omuta, Japan, to manufacture its new polyurethane elastomer, Fortimo, and the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-building-plant-to-manufacture-new-PU-elastomer-and-polyisocyanate_69598.html
April 20, 2015
Asahi Kasei announced today that its pharma unit has decided to pull out of the nutritional products business, which began in 1983 with the launch of a tube feeding powder formula...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-to-withdraw-from-nutritional-products-business_69597.html
April 20, 2015
BASF said today that, in its fight against counterfeiting in the crop protection market, it is investing in brand new antifake technology. In China, the company is introducing a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/BASF-introduces-technology-to-tackle-counterfeit-crop-protection-products-in-China_69596.html
April 20, 2015
A recent spike in styrene prices in Asia is pressuring derivative producers to raise prices as their margins narrow amid short covering, tight supply, and concerns over lower stocks...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Asia-styrene-derivative-prices-track-feedstock-price-hikes_69592.html
April 20, 2015
Tosoh says that it has acquired in vitro diagnostics company Lilac Medicare (Navi Mumbai, India) in order to strengthen the company’s bioscience business via the growing Indian...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/Tosoh-acquires-in-vitro-diagnostics-company-in-India_69588.html
April 17, 2015
The US Dept. of Commerce on 14 April issued a preliminary determination that China and the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago have been subsidizing melamine imported to the United States, and that the imports can therefore be subjected to countervailing duties. Commerce says it will announce a final determination in late August....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Commerce-proposes-countervailing-duties-for-melamine-from-China-Trinidad-and-Tobago_69581.html
April 17, 2015
LG Chem (Seoul), South Korea s largest chemical company, says net profits declined 14% in the first quarter of 2015 compared with the year-ago period, to 246.1 billion South Korean won...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/LG-Chem-reports-falls-in-profits-sales_69557.html
April 17, 2015
South Korea exported about 128,000 m.t. of benzene during 1–16 April, about 54% of the 236,744 m.t. transported for the whole of March, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/South-Koreas-first-half-April-benzene-exports-reach-54-percent-of-March-total_69550.html
April 17, 2015
DuPont says that it has signed a technology cooperation agreement with Neo Solar Power (NSP; Hsinchu, Taiwan) for high-efficiency solar cell technology. The purpose of this agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/taiwan/DuPont-and-Taiwanese-firm-agree-to-develop-high-efficiency-solar-cell-technology_69549.html
April 17, 2015
Reliance Industries says net profits for the company’s fiscal fourth quarter, ended 31 March 2015, increased 8.5% compared with the same period of the previous fiscal year, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/Reliance-reports-8-5-percent-rise-in-quarterly-profits_69563.html
April 16, 2015
BASF says that it has opened a new and its largest construction chemicals plant in India at Nellore in the state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. Commercial production has begun at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/BASF-starts-up-construction-chemicals-plant-in-India_69461.html
April 15, 2015
Siemens has selected Molycorp (Greenwood Village, CO) to supply rare earth materials over the next 10 years from its Mountain Pass, CA facility for incorporation into Siemens'...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Molycorp-to-supply-rare-earths-for-use-in-Siemens-wind-turbine-generators-Shin-Etsu-will-produce-rare-earth-magnets_69463.html
April 15, 2015
IMCD (Rotterdam), a distributor of specialty chemicals, and specialty additives company Münzing Chemie (Abstatt, Germany) have, effective immediately, expanded their partnership...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/IMCD-and-Munzing-Chemie-sign-distribution-deal-for-coating-additives-in-India_69462.html
April 15, 2015
Several of South Korea’s aromatics exports in March spiked on month-on-month and on year-on-year (YOY) bases, South Korea customs data show. The country transported about 478,849...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Several-of-South-Koreas-March-aromatics-exports-spike-on-month_69430.html
April 14, 2015
Peter Greven (Bad Münstereifel, Germany), a leading producer of oleochemical additives, says that it is starting up a produciton facility this month for metallic soaps at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/southeast_asia/singapore/Germany-based-oleochemical-firm-starts-up-plant-in-Malaysia_69404.html
April 13, 2015
Valspar (Minneapolis) says that it has opened a new $45-million manufacturing facility at Tianjin, China to serve customers with a wide range of paints and coatings products. The new...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Valspar-expands-waterborne-coatings-capacity-at-Tianjin_69388.html
April 13, 2015
Petronas Chemicals said today that its previously announced Sabah Ammonia Urea (Samur) project at Sipitang, Sabah State, Malaysia, is about 90% complete and on track for completion in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/southeast_asia/indonesia/Petronas-confirms-ammonia-urea-complex-onstream-in-2016_69367.html
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