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March 9, 2015
The South Korean government has approved the Hanwha Group’s 1.6-trillion South Korean won ($1.45 billion) acquisition of Samsung General Chemicals subject to certain pricing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Korea-approves-Hanwha-Samsung-deal-subject-to-EVA-pricing-conditions_68377.html
March 9, 2015
China is expected to be the leading export destination for benzene from South Korean for a third month running in March, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. South Korea sent 27,000...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/China-to-lead-Koreas-benzene-export-destinations-for-third-straight-month_68380.html
March 6, 2015
Spot styrene and benzene prices in Asia spiked as much as 12% and 14%, respectively, week-on-week today following the return of market participants in China after their Lunar New Year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Asia-styrene-benzene-prices-spike-12-14-percent-this-week_68362.html
March 6, 2015
Japan’s imports of synthetic rubber in January 2015 were higher versus December 2014, the Rubber Trade Association of Japan said today.   Overall imports of solid...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japans-synthetic-rubber-imports-rise-in-January_68360.html
March 6, 2015
Axalta Coating Systems, a producer of liquid and powder coatings, says that it has expanded its customer training facilities for refinish technicians in Japan. The recently re-opened...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Axalta-expands-customer-training-center-in-Japan_68363.html
March 6, 2015
Precious metals recycling company Asahi Holdings (Tokyo) says that on 5 March, it completed the previously announced acquisition of Johnson Matthey’s gold and silver refining...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Holdings-completes-purchase-of-Johnson-Mattheys-gold-and-silver-refining-business_68358.html
March 5, 2015
Solvay Energy Services, a business unit of Solvay; CDC Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts (Paris); and Marubeni (Tokyo) have formed a joint venture to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Solvay-CDC-Infrastructure-and-Marubeni-form-jv-for-energy-efficiency-project_68336.html
March 5, 2015
Yeochun NCC (YNCC; Seoul) has not been feeding 10% liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) into the company's No. 1 naphtha cracker at Yeosu, South Korea, since early February, a source close to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Yeochun-NCC-stops-feeding-LPG-into-cracker_68328.html
March 4, 2015
Sumitomo Chemical says that its wholly owned Valent BioSciences (Libertyville, IL) subsidiary has acquired Mycorrhizal Applications (Grants Pass, OR), the world's largest producer of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Chemical-acquires-crop-enhancement-products-business-in-US-Update_68293.html
March 4, 2015
Celanese has raised its acetic acid prices in China and the rest of Asia, effective 3 March, the company says. Celanese cites a "recent rapid increase and continued volatility in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Celanese-raises-acetic-acid-prices-in-China-and-rest-of-Asia_68291.html
March 3, 2015
Asahi Kasei says that its board of directors today decided to absorb three wholly owned subsidiaries — Asahi Kasei Chemicals (AKC), Asahi Kasei Fibers (AKF), and Asahi Kasei...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-to-absorb-chemicals-fibers-and-electronic-materials-subsidiaries_68261.html
March 2, 2015
China was the leading destination for benzene exports from South Korea for a second straight month in February, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. More than 98,000 m.t. of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/China-retains-top-spot-for-benzene-exports-from-Korea_68213.html
February 27, 2015
Sumitomo Chemical says that it will integrate its environmental health and vector control businesses into a reorganized environmental health division, effective 1 April...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Chemical-to-integrate-environmental-health-and-vector-control-businesses_68180.html
February 26, 2015
Axiall reiterated on 25 February its recent decision to delay construction of an ethane cracker in Louisiana until after the first quarter because of uncertainty in energy markets. On...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Axiall-Lotte-delay-decision-on-Louisiana-cracker-project_68095.html
February 26, 2015
Asian market sources have confirmed that a price premium that spot benzene cargoes in Asia currently command over their US counterparts has resulted in a rare reverse arbitrage opening...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Asian-traders-confirm-US-to-China-arbitrage-for-benzene-amid-wide-spot-price-gap_68106.html
February 26, 2015
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) says that it will increase its stake in foamed plastics firm JSP Corp. (Tokyo) from 42% to about 51%, through a tender offer. JSP, which was established...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Gas-Chemical-to-increase-stake-in-foamed-plastics-firm-JSP_68114.html
February 26, 2015
Mitsui Chemicals has announced an organizational restructuring, which will become effective on 1 April. The company’s fine & performance chemicals division within the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-Chemicals-restructures-business-segments_68108.html
February 25, 2015
A rarely seen arbitrage between Europe and Asia for benzene has opened and reportedly been worked as Europe still struggles to deal with length in its domestic system heading into...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Rare-Europe-to-Asia-arbitrage-opens-as-Europes-benzene-market-lengthens_68075.html
February 25, 2015
Mitsubishi Rayon says that its polyacrylonitrile-based intermediate carbon fiber has been selected for use in the fan section components of PW1100G-JM, a jet engine for the new Airbus...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Rayons-carbon-fiber-to-be-used-in-Airbus-aircraft-engine_68069.html
February 24, 2015
Astomos Energy (Tokyo) will buy up to 800,000 m.t. of shale-derived liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Targa Resources (Houston) spread over three years from the second half...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japanese-firm-to-buy-800000-m-t-of-LPG-from-Targa-over-2017-20_68032.html
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