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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
November 12, 2013
DIC (Tokyo) reports a 6.5% fall in net profits for its fiscal first half, ended 30 September, compared with the year-ago period, to ¥10.68 billion ($107 million). First-half sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/DIC-reports-fall-in-profits_56631.html
November 8, 2013
Nippon Shokubai reports a 50% fall in net profits for its fiscal first half, ended 30 September, compared with the corresponding period of the previous fiscal year, to ¥3.27...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Nippon-Shokubai-reports-fall-in-profits_56559.html
November 7, 2013
Toray Industries reports a 46.8% rise in net profits for the company’s fiscal first half, ended 30 September, compared with the corresponding period of the previous fiscal year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Toray-reports-rise-in-profits-and-sales_56511.html
November 6, 2013
Showa Denko and petrochemical company KH Neochem (Tokyo) have agreed to dissolve their joint venture Japan Ethyl Acetate (JEA; Oita, Japan). JEA was established in 2003 at Showa...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Showa-Denko-and-KH-Neochem-to-dissolve-ethyl-acetate-JV_56474.html
November 5, 2013
Showa Denko reports a 39.9% fall in net profits for the nine-month period ended 30 September compared with the year-ago period, to ¥6.75 billion ($68.5 million). Nine-month sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Showa-Denkos-chemicals-and-petrochemicals-businesses-report-higher-earnings-sales_56440.html
November 4, 2013
Ube Industries reports a 21.4% fall in net profits for its fiscal first half, ended 30 September, compared with the year-ago period, to ¥6.6 billion ($67 million). First-half sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Ube-reports-fall-in-profits_56410.html
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