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June 22, 2015
ExxonMobil says that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (Seoul) and Korea Gas Corp. to hold discussions...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/ExxonMobil-Korea-Institute-of-Technology-and-Korea-Gas-Corp-to-collaborate-on-R-and-D_71499.html
June 20, 2015
ICL (Tel Aviv) said on Friday that its ICL Fertilizers unit signed several contracts for the supply of a combined 835,000 m.t. of potash to its customers in India, including options...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/ICL-signs-contracts-to-supply-potash-fertilizer-to-India_71474.html
June 18, 2015
BASF on Thursday held a groundbreaking ceremony for a world-scale chemical catalysts production facility at the company’s existing site in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/BASF-breaks-ground-on-large-chemical-catalysts-plant-at-Shanghai_71431.html
June 18, 2015
Idemitsu Kosan shut its vacuum distillation unit at Chiba, Japan, after a fire broke out Thursday at a 200,000-bbl/day refinery in the same location, the company says. The fire started...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Idemitsu-Kosan-shuts-vacuum-distallation-unit-at-Chiba-after-morning-fire_71429.html
June 18, 2015
Japan’s production of benzene, toluene, and xylenes—down 7%, 19%, and 6% from April, respectively—fell for a second month running in May, the Japan Petrochemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japan-produces-less-aromatics-for-a-second-month-running-in-May_71428.html
June 18, 2015
Mitsui Chemicals plans to restart its olefins conversion unit at Osaka at the beginning of July, the company says. The unit was shut on 1 June because of a lack of feedstock, and the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-targets-restart-of-Osaka-propylene-unit-in-early-July_71424.html
June 18, 2015
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals (Mangalore, India) on Thursday informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that it has begun commercially producing polypropylene (PP) at its Mangalore...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/Mangalore-Refinery-and-Petrochemicals-commissions-polypropylene-plant_71423.html
June 18, 2015
DuPont says that Philippe Hanck has been named business director of the performance polymers business in Asia/Pacific. In this role, he will lead the company’s efforts to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/DuPont-appoints-head-of-performance-polymers-business-in-Asia_71422.html
June 18, 2015
Connell Brothers (San Francisco), a distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients, says that, effective 1 August, it will represent U.S. Silica (Frederick, MD) across Asia...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Connell-Brothers-appointed-exclusive-distributor-by-U-S-Silica-for-Asia_71437.html
June 17, 2015
Axiall (Atlanta) and Lotte Chemical (Seoul) have settled on arrangements for a joint venture to build and operate a 1 million m.t./year ethane cracker in Louisiana. The partners expect later this year to make a final investment decision on the project, which was first announced in February 2014....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Axiall-and-Lotte-advance-US-cracker-plans_71420.html
June 17, 2015
Overall styrene inventories in eastern China rebounded this week to about 55,000 m.t. from 50,000 m.t. last week, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. The inventory was estimated about...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Styrene-inventories-in-eastern-China-rebound-from-last-week_71394.html
June 17, 2015
South Korea's exports of benzene were less than half in the first half of June compared with the whole of May, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. About 100,000 m.t. of benzene were...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/South-Korea-exports-in-first-half-June-less-than-50-percent-of-the-benzene-volume-shipped-in-the-whole-of-May_71387.html
June 16, 2015
The Chinese government says that a national carbon-trading market will become operational in late 2016 or early 2017. The market is part of China’s strategy to promote green...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/China-to-launch-national-carbon-trading-market-by-early-2017_71356.html
June 16, 2015
Zeon has announced an expansion of its cyclo-olefin polymers (COP) capacity at Mizushima, Japan. The capacity for COP, a high-transparency thermoplastic resin, will be raised from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Zeon-hikes-capacity-for-cyclo-olefin-polymers_71351.html
June 16, 2015
Preparing to exit local operations, Teijin Polycarbonate Singapore has put its industrial site on Jurong Island, Singapore, up for sale via expression of interest, says Colliers...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/southeast_asia/singapore/Teijin-Polycarbonate-selling-Jurong-Island-site-exiting-local-operations_71339.html
June 16, 2015
India has levied antidumping duties on nylon tire cord fabric (NTCF) imports from China for a further five years, effective 12 June, the Ministry of Finance (New Delhi) says. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/India-imposes-dumping-duties-on-nylon-tire-cord-fabric-from-China-for-a-further-5-years_71337.html
June 16, 2015
Ecolab says that it has acquired controlling interest in Jianghai Environmental Protection Co. (Changzhou, China), an industrial water treatment company. Jianghai provides water...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Ecolab-acquires-water-treatment-company-in-China_71362.html
June 15, 2015
Indian Oil Corp. (New Delhi) is in discussions to acquire the linear alkylbenzene (LAB) production plant of Tamil Nadu Petro Products (Chennai, India), local press reports say. The LAB...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/Reports-Indian-Oil-to-buy-linear-alkyl-benzene-plant_71298.html
June 15, 2015
Yeochun NCC (YNCC; Seoul) has begun the process to restart its No. 1 naphtha cracker at Yeocheon, South Korea, after the plant was shut on 14 May for regular maintenance, a source...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Yeochun-NCC-restarting-No-1-cracker-butadiene-unit-online_71291.html
June 15, 2015
South Korea’s May exports of para-xylene (p-xylene), benzene, and mixed xylenes were down from April, but styrene and toluene exports increased, customs data show. South Korea...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/South-Korea-exports-less-p-xylene-benzene-mixed-xylenes-in-May_71287.html
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