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July 3, 2015
Solar Impulse 2, a solar energy-powered airplane, has completed a flight from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii as part of a world tour. The plane, piloted by André Borschberg, flew for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Solvay-marks-Japan-Hawaii-flight-of-Solar-Impulse-2-plane_71880.html
July 3, 2015
An explosion occurred today at a plant belonging to Hanwha Chemical at Ulsan, South Korea, that left six people dead and one person injured, local media reports say. The blast happened...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Reports-Explosion-at-Hanwha-Chemical-PVC-plant-leaves-six-dead-one-injured_71867.html
July 3, 2015
BP has officially commissioned the third phase of a previously announced purified terephthalic acid (PTA) project at the company's BP Zhuhai Chemical affiliate at Zhuhai, China, BP...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/BP-commissions-worlds-largest-PTA-line-at-JV-site-in-China_71877.html
July 2, 2015
In terms of volume, South Korea’s June exports of benzene to China experienced the largest drop from May amid weaker demand, while shipments to the US dipped slightly on...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/South-Korea-exports-less-benzene-to-China-in-June-US-shipments-fall-slightly_71834.html
July 2, 2015
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) says that it has acquired the pentaerythritol (penta), dipentaerythritol and sodium formate businesses, related technology as well as certain assets from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Perstorp-acquires-Koei-Chemicals-pentaerythritol-business_71833.html
July 1, 2015
Showa Denko on Wednesday held an opening ceremony for a gasification plant, which uses plastics waste, at its Kawasaki, Japan, manufacturing complex. The facility produces feedstock...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Showa-Denko-opens-plastics-waste-gasification-plant-producing-feedstock-for-ammonia_71798.html
July 1, 2015
JX Nippon Oil & Energy (Tokyo) has settled the July Asia contract price for benzene at $825/m.t. cfr, up $85/m.t. from a finalized June price of $740/m.t., the company says...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/JX-Nippon-settles-July-Asia-contract-price-for-benzene-up-$85m-t-from-June_71792.html
July 1, 2015
Mitsui Chemicals and SKC (Seoul) say that their previously announced equally-owned polyurethane (PU) raw material joint venture—Mitsui Chemicals & SKC Polyurethanes (MCNS...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Mitsui-Chemicals-SKC-PU-materials-JV-becomes-operational_71803.html
July 1, 2015
Connell Brothers, a distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients, says that it has been appointed to market FMC's food ingredient products in Taiwan, starting 8 August. Connell...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/taiwan/Connell-Brothers-signs-distribution-deal-with-FMC-for-food-ingredient-products-in-Taiwan_71799.html
June 29, 2015
Synthesis Energy Systems (SES; Houston) says it has partnered with two Chinese companies to repurpose and expand its Zao Zhuang New Gas (ZZ) facility at Zao Zhuang, China, to include capacity for the production of 100,000 m.t./year of acetic acid and 10,000 m.t./year of propionic acid....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Synthesis-Energy-Systems-partners-for-project-to-make-acetic-propionic-acid-at-China-plant_71728.html
June 26, 2015
Showa Denko on Friday announced that it established a wholly owned subsidiary called Aica SDK Phenol (Isesaki, Japan) in May. Also, in a board meeting held Friday, it was decided to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Showa-Denko-separates-phenolic-resins-business-prior-to-sale-to-Aica-Kogyo_71682.html
June 25, 2015
US producers of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) have asked for antidumping duties on imports originating in China. An industry group, the American HFC Coalition, says it has filed a petition with the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission, alleging that underpriced blends and components from China are being imported into the US market with dumping margins ranging from 100% to more than 300%....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/US-producers-of-HFCs-allege-dumping-by-China-ask-for-duties_71663.html
June 25, 2015
China’s imports of benzene, para-xylene (p-xylene), styrene, and toluene fell sharply in May compared with April and mixed xylene imports were almost flat, data obtained by IHS...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Chinas-aromatics-imports-fall-sharply-in-May_71595.html
June 25, 2015
Zhong Yung International Chemical Co., Brenntag's Chinese joint venture, together with the Brenntag Shanghai Chemicals Trading Co. subsidiary, achieved the safety-performance target of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/China-JV-wins-Brenntags-worldwide-safety-award_71606.html
June 24, 2015
Novasep (Pompey, France), a supplier of services and technologies for the life sciences and chemical industries, says that it is expanding its presence in Asia by signing two...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Novasep-signs-two-deals-to-expand-presence-in-Japan_71230.html
June 24, 2015
Sumitomo Chemical is merging its petrochemicals and feedstocks division with that of organic chemicals to create a single organic chemicals division, the company announced on...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Chemical-merges-petchems-divisions-following-Chiba-cracker-closure_71388.html
June 24, 2015
The benzene arbitrage window between Asia and the United States has been open slightly this week for a limited time, according to trade participants. Prompt Asia benzene prices were at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Asia-US-benzene-arbitrage-window-opens-this-week_71571.html
June 24, 2015
South Korea’s benzene exports to China and the United States during 1-23 June were about 60% and 51%, respectively, of overall volumes sent in May, data obtained by IHS Chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/South-Koreas-partial-June-benzene-exports-to-China-and-US-at-51-60-percent-of-May-total_71559.html
June 24, 2015
Overall styrene inventories in eastern China fell to about 51,000 m.t. this week from the mid-50,000s m.t. in the previous week, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. Among the factors...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Styrene-inventories-fall-in-eastern-China-on-downstream-demand_71562.html
June 23, 2015
Shin-Etsu Chemical says it will construct a plant at Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, for the production of photomask blanks, the base material of photomasks that are used as the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Shin-Etsu-Chemical-to-establish-second-photomasks-plant-in-Japan_71462.html
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