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January 27, 2016
Siam Cement Group (SCG; Bangkok) on Wednesday reported its chemical business's fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 profits more than doubled. The quarterly profit increased 113%, to 7.53...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/southeast_asia/thailand/Siam-Cements-chemicals-profits-surge-on-lower-revenues_76702.html
January 27, 2016
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has announced two appointments in its biopharma business. Gary Zieziula leads Merck’s biopharma business in North America, and Marc Horn will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Merck-announces-biopharma-personnel-changes_76701.html
January 26, 2016
Citing improved petrochemical margins amid low oil prices, LG Chem (Seoul) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter 2015 net profits increased 89%. Net profit reached 207.0 billion South...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/LG-Chems-profits-soar-on-improved-petchem-margins_76669.html
January 26, 2016
LG Chem (Seoul) said on Tuesday that it has abandoned plans to enter the polysilicon business and has canceled its project to build a plant. The company announced in 2011 that it...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/LG-Chem-cancels-polysilicon-project-in-South-Korea-petchems-in-Kazakhstan_76675.html
January 26, 2016
Indian Oil Corp., the country’s largest refiner, is joining forces with Bharat Petroleum Corp. and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) to build a 60-million m.t./year oil refinery in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/Indian-oil-majors-link-in-one-of-the-worlds-largest-refinery-projects-petchems-planned_76670.html
January 26, 2016
Indian Potash Ltd. (IPL; New Delhi) has signed a five-year deal for the delivery of potash fertilizers from Belarus, according to Pankaj Saxena, Indian ambassador to Belarus...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/IPL-signs-five-year-deal-for-potash-deliveries-from-Belarus_76671.html
January 25, 2016
PPG Industries is reorganizing several of its executive positions, effective 1 March. Tim Knavish, the current v.p./protective and marine coatings, will replace Cindy Niekamp as senior...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/PPG-executive-changes_76650.html
January 25, 2016
Praxair has started up an air separation facility in Zoucheng City, China, with Yankuang Guohong Chemical. Through a long-term contract, Praxair’s 3,000-ton/day plant will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Praxair-starts-air-separation-plant-in-China_76649.html
January 25, 2016
Samsung SDI shareholders on Monday agreed to spin off its chemicals business into a new affiliate tentatively called SDI Chemical. The unit will be sold to Lotte Chemical during the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Samsung-SDI-separates-chemical-assets-before-sale-to-Lotte_76647.html
January 25, 2016
Chandra Asri Petrochemical (Jakarta), the largest integrated petrochemical company in Indonesia, on Monday announced the completion of its naphtha cracker capacity expansion project at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/southeast_asia/indonesia/Chandra-Asri-completes-naphtha-cracker-expansion-project_76646.html
January 25, 2016
Idemitsu Kosan (Tokyo) said on Monday that it will raise capacity for syndiotactic polystyrene (SPS) at its Chiba, Japan, manufacturing facility. The plant's capacity will rise from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Idemitsu-Kosan-raises-syndiotactic-PS-capacity-in-Japan_76641.html
January 25, 2016
JX Nippon Oil & Energy (Tokyo) has confirmed it has pulled out of a project with Indonesia’s state-owned energy company Pertamina (Jakarta) to expand Pertamina’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/southeast_asia/indonesia/JX-Nippon-Oil-and-Energy-pulls-out-of-project-to-expand-Pertaminas-refinery-in-Indonesia_76640.html
January 25, 2016
The depreciation of the Chinese currency, the renminbi, against the dollar is having a big impact on nitrogen and potash fertilizer markets, analysts say. The renminbi has weakened by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Analyst-Chinese-currency-depreciation-significantly-affects-fertilizer-markets_76628.html
January 22, 2016
Supreme Petrochem (Mumbai), the leading producer of polystyrene (PS) in India, has approved a project to convert one of its three PS lines at Amdoshi, India—near Nagothane...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/Supreme-Petrochem-converts-PS-manufacturing-line-to-SMMA_76626.html
January 22, 2016
Coal chemicals group China Shenhua Energy (Beijing) on Friday reported higher sales of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in 2015 despite lower coal production. Sales of PE last...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Shenhua-Energy-reports-higher-PE-PP-sales_76624.html
January 22, 2016
Covestro said on Friday that Michelle Jou took over as head of polycarbonates on 1 January 2016. She succeeds Markus Steilemann, who now heads polyurethanes. Since 1 September 2015, he...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Covestro-appoints-new-head-of-polycarbonates_76623.html
January 22, 2016
Air Liquide said on Friday that it has signed a long-term contract with Xinneng Energy, a subsidiary of ENN Ecological Holding (ENN), covering the supply of industrial gases. Under the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Air-Liquide-signs-contract-in-China-builds-air-separation-unit_76622.html
January 21, 2016
Rare earth prices stabilized at the end of last year, according to IHS Chemical data. The IHS rare earths oxide price index, a consumption-weighted index of nine rare earth oxides...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Rare-earth-prices-stabilize-increases-ahead_76608.html
January 21, 2016
Polyplastics (Tokyo) on Thursday announced that it will expand its engineering plastics compounding plant at Kuantan, Malaysia, which is operated by a wholly owned subsidiary. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Polyplastics-to-expand-engineering-plastics-compounding-plant-in-Malaysia_76595.html
January 21, 2016
Clariant, on 20 January, broke ground on a previously announced new healthcare packaging manufacturing plant at Cuddalore, India. The plans for the plant were announced last month. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/Clariant-breaks-ground-on-healthcare-packaging-plant-in-India_76594.html
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