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March 31, 2014
Asia will remain the center of olefins demand growth at least in the foreseeable future. The region accounts for 3.9 billion, or 55%, of the world’s potential chemical and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/IHS-WPC-2014-Lack-of-resources-limits-Asias-olefin-output-potential_59935.html
March 31, 2014
China’s polypropylene (PP) demand represents 33% of worldwide demand, far ahead of North America and Western Europe, each a distant joint second at 14%, IHS Chemical says...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/IHS-WPC-2014-China-is-still-a-net-PP-importer-but-it-continues-working-toward-self-sufficiency_59932.html
March 31, 2014
Air Products announced today that it has been awarded a contract to supply liquid nitrogen to Singapore’s Jurong Rock Caverns (JRC) project, an underground storage facility for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/southeast_asia/singapore/Air-Products-to-supply-liquid-nitrogen-to-underground-petchem-storage-in-Singapore_59937.html
March 31, 2014
Renewable products company Amyris (Emeryville, CA) and Kuraray have expanded and extended their ongoing collaboration in high performance polymers using Biofene, Amyris's brand of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Amyris-and-Kuraray-expand-collaboration-in-farnesene-based-polymers_59929.html
March 31, 2014
Tata Chemicals (Mumbai) and agribusiness company Olam International (Singapore) say that Tata Chemicals will not proceed with its proposed 25.1% equity participation in the greenfield...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/Tata-Chemicals-exits-Gabon-fertilizer-project_59922.html
March 31, 2014
The Chinese government says that the Office of Work Safety Commission of the State Council, the country’s cabinet, has demanded strict safety standards when transporting...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Chinese-government-demands-better-chemical-transportation-safety_59921.html
March 28, 2014
With feedstock para-xylene (p-xylene) increasingly oversupplied, China’s producers of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) are gaining leverage over feedstock costs, and p-xylene margins are consequently in decline, says Duncan Clark, sr. director/aromatics and glycols at IHS Chemical. “It’s similar to the PTA industry, where there were very good margins a few years ago, and that was the business to be in.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/IHS-WPC-2014-Chinas-PTA-producers-gaining-leverage-over-p-xylene-costs_59918.html
March 28, 2014
China's petrochemical industry, after a decade of rapid expansion, has reached two major bottlenecks: market monopolization and crude oil supply constraints. These constraints have...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/IHS-WPC-2014-Chinas-investments-in-unconventional-feedstocks-will-transform-countrys-petchem-industry_59863.html
March 28, 2014
The Indian government on Thursday approved reducing the potash subsidy for the 2014/15 fiscal year, starting this April, by nearly 20%, to 9,400 Indian rupees/m.t. ($160), which will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/India-cuts-potash-subsidy-as-prices-decline_59894.html
March 28, 2014
Asahi Kasei Chemicals (AKC), an Asahi Kasei subsidiary, on 27 March, officially opened its previously announced new acetonitrile plant at Ulsan, South Korea. The new, 11,000-m.t./year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-opens-acetonitrile-plant-in-South-Korea_59891.html
March 27, 2014
A wave of on-purpose propylene capacity over the next five years is set to significantly outpace projected demand growth....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/IHS-WPC-2014-Global-propylene-caught-in-supply-currents_59890.html
March 27, 2014
Sinofert Holdings, China’s largest fertilizer producer and distributor, today reported lower figures on overcapacity problems of fertilizer industry and a sluggish market. Sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Sinofert-earnings-down-on-weak-fertilizer-market_59877.html
March 27, 2014
Total and China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC; Beijing) have signed a cooperation agreement covering liquefied natural gas (LNG). Total, under the existing 15-year contract, has...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Total-signs-LNG-supply-agreement-with-CNOOC-ups-deliveries-to-China_59870.html
March 27, 2014
Reliance Industries, on 26 March, announced a planned maintenance shutdown of one of its three para-xylene (p-xylene) units at Jamnagar, India. The p-xylene unit is expected to be shut...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/Reliance-Industries-temporarily-shuts-p-xylene-unit_59865.html
March 26, 2014
The World Trade Organization (WTO; Geneva) has ruled that China's export restrictions on the key industrial raw materials rare earths, molybdenum, and tungsten violate international...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/WTO-rules-that-Chinas-restrictions-on-rare-earth-exports-violate-trade-regulations_59847.html
March 26, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical and Pioneer (Kawasaki, Japan) say that they have begun mass production and shipment of the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting module with a wet coating...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-and-Japanese-firm-Pioneer-start-mass-production-of-OLED-lighting-module_59840.html
March 26, 2014
Invista announced today that it has broken ground on a new hexamethylenediamine (HMD) and nylon-6,6, polymer plants at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park. These are a part of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Invista-breaks-ground-on-Shanghai-nylon-66-expansion_59843.html
March 26, 2014
FDA issued a warning letter earlier this month to the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facility of Smruthi Organics (Solapur, India) located at Solapur, for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/india_pakistan/FDA-issues-warning-letter-to-Smruthi-Organics-API-plant-in-India_59834.html
March 26, 2014
AstraZeneca announced today that it has completed the purchase of Sumitomo Chemical’s remaining shares in AstraZeneca K.K. (Osaka). Sumitomo announced last month that it planned...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/AstraZeneca-completes-acquisition-of-Sumitomos-stake-in-AstraZeneca-Japan_59833.html
March 26, 2014
Dow Corning says it has appointed PolyOne Distribution as its distributor for medical-grade silicone products in Greater China. Both companies see strong potential in the region for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/china/Dow-Corning-appoints-PolyOne-as-distributor-for-medical-grade-silicone-products-in-China_59830.html
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