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April 24, 2015
Toray Industries says that its wholly owned subsidiary Toray Advanced Materials Korea (TAK; Seoul) has acquired additional shares in Toray Chemical Korea (Seoul), formerly Woongjin...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Toray-completes-tender-offer-for-former-Woongjin-Chemical_69794.html
April 24, 2015
Toyo Engineering (Narashino, Japan) today confirmed that it has been awarded a contract by Shin-Etsu Chemical’s Shintech subsidiary in the United States to construct the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/CB-and-I-Toyo-Engineering-confirm-contracts-for-Shin-Etsus-ethane-cracker-project-in-US_69793.html
April 23, 2015
Showa Denko says that it has expanded production capacity at Kawasaki, Japan for high-purity hydrogen bromide (HBr), which is used in the manufacture of semiconductors, by 1.5 times to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Showa-Denko-expands-high-purity-hydrogen-bromide-capacity-in-Japan_69707.html
April 23, 2015
Sumitomo Chemical has revised its earnings and sales forecasts for the full fiscal year ended 31 March 2015. Sumitomo expects to record a net profit of ¥51.0 billion ($425 million)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Chemical-upgrades-earnings-sales-projections_69708.html
April 21, 2015
Mitsui & Co. says that it has entered into cooperation and equipment lease agreements with the Innovative Composite Materials Research and Development Center (ICC; Hakusan, Japan)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-and-Co-agrees-with-Japan-research-center-to-develop-new-production-methods-for-carbon-fiber-composite-materials_69626.html
April 20, 2015
Mitsui Chemicals says that it has broken ground on a 2,000-m.t./year plant at the company’s site at Omuta, Japan, to manufacture its new polyurethane elastomer, Fortimo, and the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-building-plant-to-manufacture-new-PU-elastomer-and-polyisocyanate_69598.html
April 20, 2015
Asahi Kasei announced today that its pharma unit has decided to pull out of the nutritional products business, which began in 1983 with the launch of a tube feeding powder formula...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-to-withdraw-from-nutritional-products-business_69597.html
April 15, 2015
Siemens has selected Molycorp (Greenwood Village, CO) to supply rare earth materials over the next 10 years from its Mountain Pass, CA facility for incorporation into Siemens'...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Molycorp-to-supply-rare-earths-for-use-in-Siemens-wind-turbine-generators-Shin-Etsu-will-produce-rare-earth-magnets_69463.html
April 8, 2015
Kuraray says that it has completed acquiring all shares in Plantic Technologies (Melbourne), a company involved in biobased barrier films, from Gordon Merchant No.2 Pty Ltd. Financial...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kuraray-acquires-Australian-biobased-barrier-films-company-Plantic_69277.html
April 8, 2015
On 1 April, Teijin launched an automotive business development division under the company’s carbon fibers and composites business unit, which will be responsible for marketing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Teijin-launches-division-to-expand-carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic-business-for-automotive-use_69274.html
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/japan/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
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
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
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 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 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/japan/IHS-WPC-2015-China-to-keep-importing-p-xylene-as-production-and-demand-grows_68935.html
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