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January 21, 2015
Ube Industries said today that it will establish a new R&D facility within the Sakai factory at Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, in July 2016. The center will expand the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Ube-Industries-to-set-up-new-R-and-D-facility-in-Japan_67039.html
January 21, 2015
Sinopec produced 10.7 million m.t. of ethylene in 2014, up 7.2% from 9.98 million m.t. in 2013, the company announced today. Sinopec's production accounted for 63% of China's overall...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Sinopecs-ethylene-production-up-7-2-percent-in-2014_67037.html
January 21, 2015
Mitsubishi Chemical and Nichia (Anan, Japan) have signed a cross-licensing agreement for patents of nitride-type red phosphor, which is widely used in white LEDs. The white LEDs...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-and-Nichia-sign-agreement-for-patent-cross-licensing_67035.html
January 20, 2015
China produced 1.49 million m.t. of ethylene in December 2014, taking the full-year tally to 17.0 million m.t., the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS; Beijing) announced today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Chinas-ethylene-production-up-6-4-percent-in-December_66994.html
January 19, 2015
Asahi Kasei says that its Asahi Kasei Chemicals (AKC) subsidiary will construct a validation plant at the Mizushima manufacturing complex at Kurashiki, Japan, for its newly developed...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-to-build-validation-plant-to-produce-diphenyl-carbonate-using-new-process_66960.html
January 16, 2015
South Korea's benzene exports surged 35% in 2014 versus 2013 as new aromatics plants started operations, Korea Customs Service statistics show. About 1.88 million m.t. was exported...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/South-Koreas-2014-benzene-exports-surged-35-percent-on-plant-start-ups_66925.html
January 16, 2015
Japan's ethylene production totaled 631,200 m.t. in December 2014, up 1.5% from 622,000 m.t. in the previous December, according to figures released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japans-ethylene-production-up-1-5-percent-in-December_66923.html
January 16, 2015
Lotte Chemical (Seoul) plans to shut its Daesan, South Korea, butadiene extraction unit for seven days in late January because of a technical hitch, a source close to the company said...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Lotte-Chemical-to-shut-Daesan-butadiene-unit-late-this-month-for-repairs_66920.html
January 16, 2015
Higher production, fewer turnarounds, and a plant restart enabled South Korea to export 1.42 million m.t. of styrene to China in 2014, a 22% spike from 1.16 million m.t. in 2013, Korea...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/South-Koreas-styrene-exports-to-China-jumped-in-2014-on-higher-operating-rates-fewer-turnarounds_66917.html
January 15, 2015
The ongoing failure of Asia's monthly para-xylene (p-xylene) contract price mechanism to reach a settlement is creating frustration in Europe, which has historically relied on Asia to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/korea/Delays-to-Asia-p-xylene-contract-settlements-cause-frustration-in-Europe_66860.html
January 15, 2015
Teijin says that its Teijin DuPont Films polyester films joint venture with DuPont will permanently shut its production facility at Anpachi, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. The move is aimed...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Teijin-DuPont-Films-to-close-plant-in-Japan_66845.html
January 13, 2015
Teijin today announced that it and Yoshiro Tajitsu, of the faculty of engineering science at Kansai University (Suita, Japan), have developed the world’s first polylactic acid...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Teijin-and-Kansai-University-develop-worlds-first-piezoelectric-fabrics-for-wearable-devices_66780.html
January 13, 2015
Spot aromatics prices fell in Asia for a second day running today. Offers dropped below late yesterday's bids as crude futures stood at lows of more than five-and-a-half years. This...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/taiwan/Aromatics-markets-continue-to-sink-in-Asia-as-weak-crude-leads-to-offer-cuts_66777.html
January 13, 2015
Mitsui Chemicals announced today that one of its former employees has been found criminally negligent in the 22 April 2012 accident at its Iwakuni-Ohtake resorcinol plant at Waki...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Former-Mitsui-Chemicals-employee-found-negligent-in-2012-resorcinol-plant-accident_66775.html
January 13, 2015
China has raised the consumption tax on a range of oil-related products, effective today, the Ministry of Finance (Beijing) says. The tax for products such as gasoline, lubricants, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/China-hikes-consumption-tax-on-oil-products_66766.html
January 12, 2015
Spot prices for aromatics fell again in Asia today, threatening to dip below the 67–70-month weekly lows recorded last week, as volatile Brent crude futures fell below $49/bbl in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/taiwan/Asia-aromatics-prices-threaten-to-outstrip-70-month-lows-as-crude-falls-again_66737.html
January 12, 2015
Pucheng Clean Energy Chemical (PCEC) has started up a polyethylene (PE) plant in Shaanxi Province, China, says the plant's contractor, Wison Engineering (Shanghai). The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/Chinese-firm-start-up-PE-plant_66734.html
January 9, 2015
Nippon Shokubai says that, at the end of 2014, the company stopped manufacturing operations at its production site at Suita, Japan. Nippon Shokubai plans to construct a new R&D...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Nippon-Shokubai-closes-Suita-plant-to-build-research-facility-at-the-site_66706.html
January 8, 2015
Japan imported 55,827 m.t. of natural rubber in November, 12.9% lower versus 64,075 m.t. in October, The Rubber Trade Association of Japan (RTAJ) says. Oversupply concerns continued to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japan-imports-less-natural-rubber-in-November-synthetic-rubber-imports-mostly-up_66639.html
January 8, 2015
TPOZ's production facility at Zhangjiagang, China. Mitsui & Co. and Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK; Ipoh, Malaysia), a company involved in palm plantation and oleochemicals, say that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-and-Co-to-invest-in-Kuala-Lumpur-Kepongs-oleochemicals-project-in-China_66644.html
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