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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 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
March 17, 2015
BASF says that it will open a new composite center at Yokohama, Japan, in April. The centers, which house manufacturing cell for part processing, including a versatile mold frame...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/BASF-to-open-composite-center-in-Japan_68626.html
March 16, 2015
South Korea exported 104,093 m.t. of styrene in February, 4% more than the 99,722 m.t. in January and up 8% year-on-year (YOY), from 96,275 m.t., Korea Customs Service data show. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Korea-exports-more-styrene-in-February_68577.html
March 16, 2015
Kingboard Chemical Holdings (Hong Kong) says that volatile crude oil contracts during the fourth quarter of 2014 resulted in a 17% fall in revenue at Kingboard's chemical division for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Kingboard-says-oil-volatility-hurt-chemical-divisions-2014-earnings-sales_68585.html
March 16, 2015
South Korea’s mixed xylene exports in February rose 48% from January to 19,665 m.t. but fell 11% from 22,224 m.t. year-on-year, Korea Customs Service data show. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/taiwan/Koreas-February-mixed-xylene-exports-jump-versus-January_68579.html
March 16, 2015
South Korea’s benzene exports in February totaled 210,022 m.t., a 7% fall from January but a spike of 58% year-on-year (YOY), data from the Korea Customs Service show. China was...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/South-Koreas-February-benzene-exports-fell-from-January-spiked-YOY_68571.html
March 16, 2015
South Korea exported 383,978 m.t. of para-xylene (p-xylene) in February, a 25% fall from January’s total but they almost doubled from 195,988 m.t. year-on-year (YOY), data from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/taiwan/Koreas-p-xylene-exports-in-February-fall-from-January-but-soar-YOY_68572.html
March 16, 2015
South Korea’s overall February exports of toluene were 46,161 m.t., down 3.6% from 47,897 m.t. in January and a 58.2% plunge from 110,505 m.t. year-on-year, Korea Customs...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Koreas-February-toluene-exports-fall_68574.html
March 13, 2015
Spot styrene prices in Asia registered a sharp weekly fall amid market concerns about an influx of deepsea cargoes and falling Brent crude contracts, which sank below $57/barrel in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Styrene-prices-fell-sharply-in-Asia-this-week-other-aromatics-down_68551.html
March 12, 2015
The city government of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, wants domestic petrochemical companies with pipelines running under the city to move their headquarters to the city, local news reports said...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/taiwan/Reports-Kaohsiung-wants-petrochemical-firms-to-move-headquarters-to-city_68463.html
March 11, 2015
Celanese has raised its acetic acid prices in China, effective 10 March—its second hike this month—citing a “rapid increase and continued volatility in global...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Celanese-hikes-acetic-acid-prices-in-China-for-second-time-in-March_68426.html
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