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April 2, 2015
Japan’s imports of synthetic rubber in February sank from January’s levels, the Rubber Trade Association of Japan says. The country imported 4,809 m.t. of styrene butadiene...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japan-imported-less-synthetic-rubber-in-February_69116.html
April 1, 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
April 1, 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
April 1, 2015
Solvay says that, effective 1 April, it has created a new global business unit — Special Chem — that will integrate the company’s rare earth systems and special...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Solvay-creates-new-global-special-chem-business-unit-based-at-Seoul_69091.html
April 1, 2015
Styrene inventories at eastern China’s ports were estimated to be about 154,000 m.t. this week, down about 12,000 m.t. from last week’s tally, data obtained by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Styrene-stocks-in-eastern-China-slip-amid-higher-demand-turnarounds_69078.html
April 1, 2015
Cepsa (Madrid) plans to open officially its new phenol plant at Shanghai on 20 April, the company says. The plant, which has nameplate capacity for 250,000 m.t./year of phenol and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Cepsa-to-inaugurate-phenol-plant-at-Shanghai-this-month_69069.html
April 1, 2015
Takeda (Tokyo) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Osaka Gas Chemicals (OGC; Osaka), to sell its 54.2% stake in Mizusawa Industrial Chemicals (Tokyo) for ¥638 per...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Takeda-sells-Mizusawa-Industrial-Chemicals-stake-to-Osaka-Gas-Chemicals_69083.html
April 1, 2015
Versalis, an ENI (Rome) subsidiary, said today that it has extended its cooperation with Lotte Chemical (Seoul) in the elastomers area. Under the terms of the deal, Versalis will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Versalis-and-Lotte-Chemical-expand-elastomers-cooperation-in-Korea_69082.html
April 1, 2015
Toray Industries says that its wholly owned subsidiary Toray Advanced Materials Korea (TAK; Seoul) will acquire the shares it does not currently own in Toray Chemical Korea (Seoul)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Toray-to-acquire-remaining-stake-in-former-Woongjin-Chemical-for-$367-million_69081.html
April 1, 2015
Nippon Shokubai says that its previously announced new wholly owned subsidiary called Nippon Shokubai Korea, at Seongnam, South Korea became operational today. Nippon Shokubai Korea...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Nippon-Shokubais-new-South-Korea-subsidiary-becomes-operational_69072.html
April 1, 2015
Praxair says that it has completed an extension of its pipeline to supply oxygen to Kumbi Corp. (Seoul), one of the largest glass bottle manufacturers in South Korea. The six-mile...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Praxair-extends-oxygen-pipeline-to-supply-South-Korean-glass-manufacturer_69070.html
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
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