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February 25, 2014
Asahi Kasei says it will close permanently several petrochemical production plants in Japan and, with Mitsubishi Chemical, is also moving ahead with the previously announced plan to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-to-close-several-petrochemical-plants-in-Japan-moves-ahead-with-cracker-JV-with-Mitsubishi-Chemical_59069.html
February 25, 2014
Toray Industries says that it has developed an ultralow pressure, highly durable reverse osmosis (RO) membrane by leveraging the company’s proprietary microstructure control...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Toray-develops-ultralow-pressure-highly-durable-reverse-osmosis-membrane_59067.html
February 20, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, the parent of Mitsubishi Chemical, says that on 1 April 2014, it will establish the Life Science Institute, with its headquarters at Tokyo. Four...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-to-consolidate-several-health-care-businesses-under-new-company-Life-Science-Institute_58934.html
February 18, 2014
Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) says that it will build a new manufacturing facility for the company’s Kanekalon/Kanecaron acrylic fibers at the site of its Kaneka Malaysia (Kuantan)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kaneka-to-build-acrylic-fibers-facility-in-Malaysia_58854.html
February 14, 2014
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI; Tokyo) says that Japan has launched an antidumping investigation into imports of toluene diisocyanate (TDI) from China, following a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japan-launches-antidumping-investigation-into-TDI-from-China_58823.html
February 14, 2014
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL; Tokyo) announced today that it has signed a contract with Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) to build and charter four methanol carriers. The new contract will play an...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Mitsui-OSK-to-build-four-carriers-for-charter-to-Methanol-Holdings-Trinidad_58819.html
February 14, 2014
DIC (Tokyo) reports a 51.6% rise in net profits for its full fiscal year, ended 31 December 2013, compared with the previous fiscal year, to ¥26.8 billion ($263 million). Full-year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/DIC-reports-rise-in-profits_58818.html
February 14, 2014
M&A activity in the chemical sector during 2013 was to a large extent driven by shareholder activism and investments by hedge funds, which pushed many chemical companies to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Deloitte-Farm-chemicals-health-care-and-biobased-products-to-drive-M-and-A-activity-in-2014_58828.html
February 13, 2014
Showa Denko reports a 3.2% fall in net profits for the full fiscal year, ended 31 December 2013, compared with 2012, to ¥9.06 billion ($89 million). Full-year sales increased...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Showa-Denkos-chemicals-and-petrochemicals-businesses-report-higher-earnings-sales_58797.html
February 13, 2014
S-Oil (Seoul), a major oil refiner and aromatics producer partly owned by Saudi Aramco, said today that it plans to build a technical service and development center in the Magok...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/S-Oil-builds-petchems-technical-service-and-development-center-at-Seoul_58795.html
February 12, 2014
Air Liquide has completed the commercial start-up of eight large-scale production units around the world, mainly in emerging markets, the company confirmed today. All of the recently...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/taiwan/Air-Liquide-completes-start-up-of-eight-large-scale-production-units_58776.html
February 11, 2014
Antioxidants and polymer additives maker Addivant (Middlebury, CT) announced today that it is increasing capacity of phosphate antioxidants at its Pyongtaek, South Korea, facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Addivant-expands-antioxidants-capacity-in-South-Korea_58741.html
February 11, 2014
OCI (Seoul), one of the major polysilicon producers, says that its board of directors today decided to resume work on a project to debottleneck its solar-grade polysilicon plant at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/OCI-revives-polysilicon-debottlenecking-project-in-South-Korea_58739.html
February 10, 2014
BASF says it has opened its previously announced R&D laboratory and application technology center for battery materials at Amagasaki, Japan. The facility, located in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/BASF-opens-battery-materials-R-and-D-and-application-center-in-Japan_58689.html
February 7, 2014
Asahi Kasei says that its Asahi Kasei Pharma (Tokyo) subsidiary has today opened a second manufacturing facility at its site at Miyoshi, Japan. The new facility will be used to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-opens-pharmaceutical-plant_58657.html
February 6, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals reports a net loss of ¥18.5 billion ($182 million) for the company's fiscal first nine months ended 31 December 2013, compared with a net loss of ¥9.7 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-Chemicals-loss-widens_58595.html
February 6, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals today announced a major restructuring of its operations as a result of the volatility in the polyurethane and phenol markets. Mitsui's board of directors has approved...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-to-close-all-plants-at-Kashima-MDI-plant-at-Omuta-BPA-plant-at-Chiba-and-phenol-JV-with-Idemitsu_58596.html
February 6, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals says that it will construct the world's first large-scale production plant for xylylene diisocyanate (XDI) at the company’s site at Omuta in Fukuoka Prefecture...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-Chemicals-to-build-large-scale-xylylene-diisocyanate-plant-in-Japan_58592.html
February 6, 2014
Toray Industries reports a 32.5% rise in net profits for the company’s fiscal first nine months, ended 31 December 2013, compared with the corresponding period of the previous...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Toray-reports-rise-in-profits-and-sales_58584.html
February 5, 2014
Ube Industries reports a 23.2% fall in net profits for its fiscal nine months, ended 31 December 2013, compared with the year-ago period, to ¥9.6 billion ($95 million). Nine-month...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Ube-reports-fall-in-profits_58555.html
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