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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
March 25, 2015
Mitsubishi Chemical says that it has developed the world’s first biobased polycarbonate diol, a type of high-performance polyol, and will begin market development and sales for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-develops-worlds-first-biobased-polycarbonate-diol_68877.html
March 25, 2015
BASF says that it plans to phase out coil coatings containing chromate in Japan and focus on an alternative technology with a better environmental profile by 1 June 2016. Coil coatings...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/BASF-to-phase-out-coil-coatings-containing-chromate-in-Japan_68870.html
March 25, 2015
Asahi Glass (Tokyo) says that its subsidiary Phu My Plastics & Chemicals (PMPC) located in the Cai Mep industrial zone in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam, will increase...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Glass-to-increase-PVC-production-capacity-in-Vietnam_68868.html
March 24, 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
March 23, 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
March 19, 2015
Asahi Kasei says that it has agreed to transfer its shares in the equally owned lithium-ion (Li-ion) capacitors joint venture—Asahi Kasei FDK Energy Device Co. (Shizuoka...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-to-exit-lithium-ion-capacitors-JV_68691.html
March 17, 2015
BASF says that it will open a new composite center at Yokohama, Japan, in April. The centers, which house manufacturing cell for part processing, including a versatile mold frame...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/BASF-to-open-composite-center-in-Japan_68626.html
March 10, 2015
Ajinomoto (Tokyo) says that Takaaki Nishii will be appointed as the new president and CEO of the company, effective at the end of June. He will succeed Masatoshi Ito, who will be...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Ajinomoto-appoints-new-CEO_68408.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 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 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
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
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
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
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