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January 31, 2014
Tokuyama (Tokyo) reports a net profit of ¥7.49 billion ($73 million) for the fiscal first nine months, ended 31 December 2013, compared with a net loss of ¥10.84 billion in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Tokuyama-swings-to-profit-upgrades-earnings-sales-projections_58456.html
January 28, 2014
Shin-Etsu Chemical reports a 10.9% rise in net profits for the nine-month period ended 31 December 2013 compared with the year-ago period, to ¥92.53 billion ($901.8 million). Sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Shin-Etsu-reports-rise-in-profits-and-sales_58348.html
January 24, 2014
Asahi Kasei Corp. said today that it has appointed Toshio Asano as executive president, to replace Taketsugu Fujiwara, who will serve as vice chairman of the board as of 1 April. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-appoints-new-executive-president-rejuvenates-management_58300.html
January 23, 2014
Asahi Glass (Tokyo) announced today that it has agreed to supply Honeywell with hydrofluoroolefin (HFO)-1234yf, a car air-conditioning refrigerant, which has significantly lower...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Glass-to-supply-novel-refrigerant-to-Honeywell-will-build-plant_58212.html
January 23, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical says it has developed a new grade of high-performance, high-transparency biobased engineering plastic Durabio, using plant-derived isosorbide as raw material. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-to-expand-capacity-for-biobased-engineering-plastic-Durabio_58210.html
January 22, 2014
TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading supplier of advanced thermoset and thermoplastic composites materials, has signed a distribution agreement with Kyokuto Boeki Kaisha covering the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/TenCate-signs-distribution-agreement-with-Kyokuto-Boeki-Kaisha_58171.html
January 17, 2014
Mitsubishi Rayon says that it has developed a high-performance intermediate modulus (IM) carbon fiber, Pyrofil MR70, which largely exceeds the performance of conventional IM carbon...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Rayon-develops-high-performance-intermediate-modulus-carbon-fiber_58086.html
January 16, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, the parent company of Mitsubishi Chemical, says that it has appointed Glenn Fredrickson, professor/department of chemical engineering and materials of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-Holdings-appoints-chief-technology-officer_58001.html
January 9, 2014
An explosion today at a Mitsubishi Materials (Tokyo) plant at Yokkaichi, Japan, killed at least five people, and injured another 17, say press reports. The explosion occurred while...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Explosion-at-Mitsubishi-Materials-plant-kills-five_57826.html
January 8, 2014
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says that, on 7 January, it acquired the remaining 24.5% stake in Dyflex (Tokyo), gaining full ownership. Dyflex, which was founded in 1964, is a market leader...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sika-acquires-remaining-stake-in-Japanese-waterproofing-materials-company_57790.html
December 30, 2013
Polypore International (Charlotte, NC) and Sumitomo Chemical have entered into a settlement and license agreement that ends all outstanding worldwide litigation between the two...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Polypore-and-Sumitomo-Chemical-sign-settlement-and-license-agreement_57678.html
December 24, 2013
Mitsui Chemicals says that it has expanded into a new business area of sustainable crop cultivation using its proprietary integrated cultivation-accelerating system, iCAST, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-Chemicals-launches-sustainable-crop-cultivation-system_57643.html
December 18, 2013
Mitsubishi Plastics is investing 1.4 billion Japanese yen ($13.6 million) in a new production line at its Azai plant at Nagahama, Japan for Diamiron co-extruded, multi-layered nylon 6...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Plastics-builds-second-Diamiron-film-line-in-Japan_57487.html
December 13, 2013
Showa Denko has unveiled its medium-term management plan for the two-year period ending 31 December 2015. This is the second phase of the business plan launched in 2011. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Showa-Denko-announces-business-plan_57382.html
December 12, 2013
PPG Industries says that its aerospace products and services business has expanded operations in Japan with the relocation of its application support center to a site at Miyoshi that...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/PPG-Aerospace-expands-operations-in-Japan_57299.html
December 4, 2013
Nippon Shokubai (Osaka) says that its Umicore Shokubai Japan (Tokyo) affiliate has opened a previously announced new automotive catalyst technical R&D center at Tokoname, Japan...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Umicore-Shokubai-opens-automotive-catalyst-technical-R-and-D-center-in-Japan_57066.html
November 27, 2013
Sumitomo Chemical says it has also decided to discontinue the operation of Nihon Oxirane by the end of May 2015....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Chemical-to-acquire-all-of-Nihon-Oxirane-from-LyondellBasell_56976.html
November 27, 2013
Dow Corning says it will buy out Mitsubishi Materials’ (Tokyo) stake in Hemlock Semiconductor Group joint ventures for $240 million. Dow Corning has purchased Mitsubishi Materials’ 12.125% ownership share in both Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. and Hemlock Semiconductor LLC. The deal increases Dow Corning’s stake in Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. to 80.5% and in Hemlock Semiconductor LLC to 100%.  Shin-Etsu maintains a 19.5% stake in Hemlock Semiconductor Corp....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Dow-Corning-buys-Mitsubishi-Materials-stake-in-Hemlock-Semiconductor_56981.html
November 21, 2013
Kuraray has reached a deal to acquire DuPont's glass laminating solutions and vinyls (GLS/vinyls) business, a leading producer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), for $543 million. DuPont expects the deal to close during the first half of 2014.
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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kuraray-to-acquire-DuPonts-PVB-business-for-$543-million_56867.html
November 15, 2013
Japan has announced that its previously announced target to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% by 2020 compared with 1990 levels is now “impossible” and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japan-lowers-emission-reduction-target_56723.html
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