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April 6, 2015
A para-xylene plant in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, China, has exploded for the second time in two years, according to local reports, which say the blast occurred at about 7 p.m. local time on 6 April. Raw video of the facility, owned by Dragon Aromatics, shows a massive fire. According to the South China Morning Post, 78 vehicles and 430 firefighters were sent to the scene....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Reports-Explosion-rocks-Dragon-Aromatics-p-xylene-plant-in-Zhangzhou-China_69218.html
April 6, 2015
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL), a subsidiary of ONGC (New Delhi), on Sunday commissioned a polypropylene (PP) plant at Mangalore, India. The unit forms part of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/Mangalore-Refinery-and-Petrochemicals-commissions-polypropylene-plant_69154.html
April 6, 2015
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) announced today that on 2 April 2015, the Seoul High Court has upheld a lower court verdict in MCC’s favor in a patent infringement suit against...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Korean-court-rules-in-Mitsubishi-Chemicals-favor-in-red-phosphor-patent-infringement-suilt_69160.html
April 4, 2015
PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok) said on Friday that it has rescheduled the shutdown of its olefins plant 1-4/1 at Map Ta Phut from August this year to 29 March 2015 to clean the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/southeast_asia/thailand/PTT-Global-Chemical-brings-forward-turnaround-of-olefins-complex_69153.html
April 2, 2015
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says that it has established a new subsidiary at Rangoon, Myanmar, and that it has also opened a previously announced new production plant at Ekala, Sri Lanka...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/Sika-establishes-subsidiary-in-Myanmar-opens-plant-in-Sri-Lanka_69135.html
April 2, 2015
Japan’s imports of synthetic rubber in February sank from January’s levels, the Rubber Trade Association of Japan says. The country imported 4,809 m.t. of styrene butadiene...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japan-imported-less-synthetic-rubber-in-February_69116.html
April 2, 2015
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) said today that it had completed the acquisition of Performance Fibers Asia (PF Asia), a premium polyester tire cord fabric producer, from Performance...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/southeast_asia/thailand/Indorama-completes-acquisition-of-Performance-Fibers-Asia_69125.html
April 2, 2015
Zeon (Tokyo) says it will build a second solution styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) line in Singapore by the beginning of next year, doubling capacity at the site to between...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/southeast_asia/singapore/Zeon-to-double-SSBR-capacity-in-Singapore-close-NBR-plant-in-the-UK_69131.html
April 2, 2015
IMCD (Rotterdam), a distributor of specialty chemicals, says that it has completed the acquisition of Kushalchand (Mumbai), a distributor of food ingredients to the fast growing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/IMCD-acquires-food-ingredients-distributor-in-India_69123.html
April 2, 2015
AkzoNobel and Brenntag have signed a three-year service contract in China under which Brenntag will provide services to AkzoNobel including laboratory and warehouse rental as well as...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/AkzoNobel-and-Brenntag-enter-into-services-contract-in-China_69119.html
April 2, 2015
BASF says that it has launched Seltima, a fungicide designed to support farmers to produce rice more efficiently. Available now in Indonesia, Seltima will be launched in other key rice...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/southeast_asia/indonesia/BASF-launches-Seltima-fungicide_69117.html
April 1, 2015
Fluor Corp. has been awarded a contract by Shaanxi Non-Ferrous Tian Hong REC Silicon Materials Co. (TianREC) to provide detailed design services and technical support for its new...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Fluor-awarded-large-polysilicon-plant-contract-in-China_68835.html
April 1, 2015
Mitsui Chemicals and SKC (Seoul) say that their previously announced polyurethane (PU) raw material joint venture is expected to become operational on 1 July. It had originally been...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Mitsui-Chemicals-SKC-PU-materials-JV-to-become-operational-in-July_68805.html
April 1, 2015
Daiso (Osaka), a producer of chlor-alkalis and other chemicals, has announced that its board of directors today approved changing the company’s name to Osaka Soda Co. The final...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Daiso-reverts-to-original-name-of-Osaka-Soda_68842.html
April 1, 2015
Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals (GSFC; Vadodara, India) is planning a major investment program at Dahej, Vadodara, and Sikka, India. The company is proceeding with the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/Indian-firm-plans-major-investment-program-awards-melamine-plant-contract_68875.html
April 1, 2015
Clariant says that it has acquired the black pigment preparations portfolio of Lanxess in India, manufactured at  Nagda, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This product line...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/Clariant-acquires-Lanxesss-black-pigment-preparations-product-line-in-India_69075.html
April 1, 2015
Solvay says that, effective 1 April, it has created a new global business unit — Special Chem — that will integrate the company’s rare earth systems and special...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Solvay-creates-new-global-special-chem-business-unit-based-at-Seoul_69091.html
April 1, 2015
Styrene inventories at eastern China’s ports were estimated to be about 154,000 m.t. this week, down about 12,000 m.t. from last week’s tally, data obtained by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Styrene-stocks-in-eastern-China-slip-amid-higher-demand-turnarounds_69078.html
April 1, 2015
Cepsa (Madrid) plans to open officially its new phenol plant at Shanghai on 20 April, the company says. The plant, which has nameplate capacity for 250,000 m.t./year of phenol and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Cepsa-to-inaugurate-phenol-plant-at-Shanghai-this-month_69069.html
April 1, 2015
UCB announced today that in line with its strategic focus, it has entered into an agreement with Dr. Reddy’s, India’s leading pharma group, to sell its established brands...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/UCB-to-sell-established-brands-portfolio-in-India-to-Dr-Reddys_69085.html
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