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March 31, 2015
Shaoxing Yuandong Petrochemical (Shaoxing, China) has stopped offering purified terephthalic acid (PTA) futures on the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (ZCE; Zhengzhou, China), effective...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Chinese-producer-stops-offering-PTA-futures-on-commodity-exchange-due-to-suspected-bankruptcy_68688.html
March 31, 2015
China’s imports of benzene and xylenes in February spiked from January despite the Lunar New Year holidays, amid falls in other principal aromatics markets. The country...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Chinas-benzene-xylene-imports-spike-in-February-despite-holidays_69042.html
March 31, 2015
Idemitsu Kosan will reduce the capacity of its Chiba, Japan refinery by 20,000 bbl/day, or 9%, to 200,000 bbl/day, effective 1 April, and by another 35,000 bbl/day at a later date, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Idemitsu-to-cut-capacity-at-Chiba-refinery_69002.html
March 31, 2015
Sinopec Engineering Group (SEG) and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering (EMRE) have signed a joint-venture agreement to develop methanol-to-gasoline technology, SEG says. EMRE and SEG...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Sinopec-ExxonMobil-to-develop-methanol-to-gasoline-technology_69037.html
March 31, 2015
Asahi Kasei says that its Asahi Kasei Medical subsidiary will construct a plant for spinning hollow-fiber membranes for Planova BioEX filters at the company’s site at Oita...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-to-build-plant-for-hollow-fiber-membrane-virus-filters_69044.html
March 31, 2015
Sumitomo Chemical today announced that it will integrate its agricultural chemicals business with the company’s biorational business operations, effective 1 April, in order to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Chemical-to-integrate-agricultural-chemicals-and-biorational-businesses_69043.html
March 30, 2015
Kuraray said today that it will dissolve its glass laminating solutions (GLS) division as part of organizational changes slated to be implemented as of 1 July. The company says it is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kuraray-consolidates-units-after-acquiring-PVB-film-business_69009.html
March 30, 2015
LG Chem (Seoul) says that it has been selected by automotive company Daimler (Stuttgart, Germany) to supply lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for Daimler’s Smart-brand electric...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/LG-Chem-to-supply-Li-ion-batteries-for-Daimlers-electric-vehicles_69000.html
March 27, 2015
Shiseido (Tokyo), a leading cosmetics player, said today that it will establish a new research facility at Yokohama, Japan. On 26 March, the city granted Shiseido permission to acquire...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Shiseido-to-set-up-innovation-center-at-Yokohama_68975.html
March 27, 2015
Styrolution, the styrenics subsidiary of Ineos, anticipates the demand for all grades of styrenic resins to experience relatively strong demand as a result of replenishment along the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/NPE2015-Styrolution-anticipates-demand-for-styrenic-resins-to-remain-strong_68894.html
March 26, 2015
Although China accounts for the world's largest para-xylene (p-xylene) capacity, it will still need to import more than half of this capacity for the foreseeable future, according to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/IHS-WPC-2015-China-to-keep-importing-p-xylene-as-production-and-demand-grows_68935.html
March 25, 2015
Mitsubishi Chemical says that it has developed the world’s first biobased polycarbonate diol, a type of high-performance polyol, and will begin market development and sales for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-develops-worlds-first-biobased-polycarbonate-diol_68877.html
March 25, 2015
BASF says that it plans to phase out coil coatings containing chromate in Japan and focus on an alternative technology with a better environmental profile by 1 June 2016. Coil coatings...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/BASF-to-phase-out-coil-coatings-containing-chromate-in-Japan_68870.html
March 25, 2015
Asahi Glass (Tokyo) says that its subsidiary Phu My Plastics & Chemicals (PMPC) located in the Cai Mep industrial zone in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam, will increase...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Glass-to-increase-PVC-production-capacity-in-Vietnam_68868.html
March 24, 2015
Polyethylene (PE) prices are likely to remain at healthy levels as a result of sustained demand according to Dow Chemical. Converters had refrained from restocking in the first months...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/NPE2015-Dow-says-2015-PE-prices-will-be-supported-by-supply-constraints-demand-to-remain-healthy_68857.html
March 24, 2015
“There is a lot of value in plastic often found in landfills, a value that is not getting captured [in the right way], because the plastics are either not being sorted the right...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/NPE2015-The-untapped-value-of-plastic-waste-civil-society-and-industry-approaches_68866.html
March 24, 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
March 23, 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
March 19, 2015
Asahi Kasei says that it has agreed to transfer its shares in the equally owned lithium-ion (Li-ion) capacitors joint venture—Asahi Kasei FDK Energy Device Co. (Shizuoka...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-to-exit-lithium-ion-capacitors-JV_68691.html
March 18, 2015
Ningbo Haiyue New Material's (Ningbo, China) plant at Ningbo has become the first propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant to operate using Clariant's heat-generating material (HGM) for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Performance-of-China-PDH-plant-improved-by-Clariant-catalyst_68660.html
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