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October 23, 2014
Japan’s chemical exports rose 3.9%, to ¥633.3 billion in September compared with the same month one year ago, according to data released by the Ministry of Finance (Tokyo)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japans-chemical-exports-up-3-9-percent-in-September_64702.html
October 22, 2014
Teijin says that its Teijin DuPont Films polyester films joint venture with DuPont has developed a polyethylene naphthalate film, Teonex QF, approved for flame retardance. Applications...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Teijin-DuPont-Films-develops-flame-retardant-polyester-film_64659.html
October 22, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, the parent of Mitsubishi Chemical, has revised its earnings and sales forecasts for the fiscal first half, ended 30 September. Mitsubishi expects to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-upgrades-earnings-projections_64664.html
October 21, 2014
Sumitomo Chemical announced today that it has revised its consolidated financial forecast for the half-year, ending 30 September, compared with what it had announced on 12 May. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Chemical-upgrades-forecast_64635.html
October 16, 2014
Ube Industries has revised its net profits and sales forecasts for the fiscal first half ended, 30 September 2014, and for the full fiscal year, ending 31 March 2015. Ube expects to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Ube-downgrades-net-profits-sales-projections_64549.html
October 2, 2014
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC; Tokyo) said today that it will quit the purified terephthalic acid (PTA) business at the end of March 2015. MGC and Toyobo are partners in Mizushima...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Gas-Chemical-to-quit-PTA-business-p-xylene-plants-future-questionable_64230.html
October 2, 2014
Zeon (Tokyo) is increasing the price of its Quintone hydrocarbon resins by 5–7%, equivalent to $220/m.t., effective 15 October 2015. The price will rise to about $4,400/m.t., the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Zeon-hikes-prices-of-hydrocarbon-resins_64224.html
October 1, 2014
Eleven Japanese energy and engineering firms today established a new company to participate in the exploratory production of methane hydrate, a new and potentially game-changing energy...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japanese-firms-form-new-company-to-aid-test-production-of-offshore-methane-hydrate_64196.html
October 1, 2014
Scientex (Shah Alam, Malaysia) will invest more than 300 million Malaysian ringgit ($91.6 billion) over the next three years to expand biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Malaysian-Japanese-alliance-eyeing-big-share-of-Asian-packaging-film-market-with-large-investment_64191.html
October 1, 2014
Nippon Shokubai today confirmed plans to expand superabsorbent polymers (SAP) production capacity at the company’s Himeji, Japan site, in order to meet strong growth in global...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Nippon-Shokubai-confirms-plan-to-expand-SAP-capacity-at-Himeji_64179.html
September 30, 2014
Ube Industries says that it will dissolve a wholly owned subsidiary by the end of March 2015. The business, established in 1950, is involved in the manufacturing, marketing, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Ube-to-dissolve-subsidiary_64134.html
September 29, 2014
Mitsui & Co. (Tokyo) says it is proceeding with the procurement of eight liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships to be used for the delivery of LNG from the Cameron LNG export project in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-and-Co-concludes-deal-to-ship-LNG-from-the-US-to-Japan_64126.html
September 29, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings announced today that it plans to commence a tender offer for the industrial gases group Taiyo Nippon Sanso (Tokyo) on 30 September. Mitsubishi announced in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-commences-tender-offer-for-Taiyo-Nippon-Sanso_64100.html
September 28, 2014
The Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan (ITRI; Hsinchu) has signed an exclusive license agreement with Taiwan Mitsui Chemicals (Taipei), a wholly-owned subsidiary of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/ITRI-grants-Mitsui-Chemicals-exclusive-license-for-its-technology-to-enhance-the-safety-of-lithium-ion-battery_64092.html
September 26, 2014
Kuraray says that it has signed a deal with Plantic Technologies (Melbourne) to be its exclusive distributor in the Japanese and South Korean markets for the biobased barrier material...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kuraray-and-Australian-firm-Plantic-partner-to-distribute-high-barrier-films-in-Japan-and-South-Korea_64067.html
September 18, 2014
Tokuyama (Tokyo) says it held an official opening ceremony on 17 September for its two previously announced polysilicon plants at the Samalaju Industrial Park Sarawak State, Malaysia...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Tokuyama-opens-$1-84-billion-polysilicon-project-in-Malaysia_63885.html
September 10, 2014
Nippon Shokubai plans to invest a total of about ¥80 billion ($752 million) to expand the company’s superabsorbent polymers (SAP) production capacity globally from 560,000...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Nippon-Shokubai-plans-major-SAP-production-capacity-expansion_63693.html
September 4, 2014
Evonik Industries says it will expand specialty silica production capacity at Ako, Japan, through its DSL Japan joint venture with Shionogi & Co. (Osaka). Evonik holds a 51% stake...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Evonik-JV-to-expand-specialty-silica-capacity-in-Japan_63620.html
August 19, 2014
Mitsubishi Corp. (Tokyo), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI; Tokyo), and Turkish construction firm Gap Insaat (Istanbul) will build a large-scale fertilizer manufacturing complex for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Corp-MHI-and-Turkish-firm-awarded-contracts-for-largest-fertilizer-plant-in-Turkmenistan_63283.html
August 11, 2014
FMC announced today that it has signed an agreement to jointly develop and distribute organic acid soil and plant health products for Actagro (Biola, CA) in Asia. Actagro’s full...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/FMC-to-distribute-soil-and-plant-health-product-line-in-Asia_62976.html
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