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April 10, 2014
Sumitomo Corp. has acquired the fungicide Metominostrobin from Bayer CropScience's Japan subsidiary. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Metominostrobin is a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Corp-acquires-Bayer-fungicide-product-line_60233.html
April 10, 2014
China's silicone producers are adding capacity more quickly than the market can absorb, increasing the pressure to rationalize production, according to analysts at IHS Chemical....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/IHS-Rapid-growth-in-silicones-through-2018-but-overcapacity-threatens_60234.html
April 8, 2014
Ube Industries says that its wholly owned subsidiary, Ube Machinery (Ube, Japan), has established a new subsidiary at Irapuato, Mexico. The new subsidiary is called Ube Machinery...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Ubes-machinery-business-establishes-subsidiary-in-Mexico_60171.html
April 7, 2014
China’s first rare earth products exchange has opened for business following a three-month trial, the country’s official Xinhua news agency says. The exchange is at Baotou...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/China-opens-rare-earths-exchange_60146.html
April 7, 2014
Evonik has expanded its technical service laboratory for pharmaceutical polymers in Shanghai from 130 sq meters to 750 square meters in response to the dynamic growth of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Evonik-completes-expansion-of-service-lab-for-pharmaceutical-polymers-in-China_60142.html
April 3, 2014
Ube Industries says that its wholly owned subsidiary, Ube Machinery (Ube, Japan), has reached an agreement to acquire 1.45 million shares of Toyo Machinery & Metal (Akashi, Japan)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Ube-acquires-stake-in-Toyo-Machinery-and-Metal_60038.html
April 3, 2014
BASF and Toda Kogyo Corp. (Tokyo) announced today that they will enter exclusive negotiations to form a joint venture in Japan for cathode active materials. Toda Kogyo is one of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/BASF-and-Toda-Kogyo-enter-negotiations-to-form-cathode-active-materials-jv-in-Japan_60036.html
April 2, 2014
Samsung General Chemicals (Seoul) and Samsung Petrochemical have announced that their boards have agreed to merge the two companies. The news comes just days after the group said that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Samsung-General-Chemicals-to-merge-with-Samsung-Petrochemical_60012.html
April 1, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals says it will establish a new division called the New HC Business Development Division, effective 15 April. The new division will accelerate the company’s ongoing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-Chemicals-establishes-business-development-division_59961.html
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/north_asia/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/north_asia/IHS-WPC-2014-China-is-still-a-net-PP-importer-but-it-continues-working-toward-self-sufficiency_59932.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 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/north_asia/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/north_asia/IHS-WPC-2014-Chinas-investments-in-unconventional-feedstocks-will-transform-countrys-petchem-industry_59863.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 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/north_asia/japan/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
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 24, 2014
Connell Brothers Co. (CBC; San Francisco), a distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in Asia/Pacific, says it has partnered with Lehigh Technologies (Atlanta), a specialty...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Lehigh-Tech-Connell-Bros-team-up-for-micronized-rubber-powders-distribution-in-Asia_59809.html
March 24, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals says it has signed an agreement with the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ; Tokyo), under which DBJ will acquire a 19.99% stake in Mitsui’s MC Dental Holdings...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Development-Bank-of-Japan-acquires-stake-in-Mitsui-Chemicals-dental-material-business_59784.html
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