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December 31, 2014
Asian aromatics prices have lost much of their value in 2014, falling toward the end of December to about half of their levels one year ago, IHS Chemical data show. Prices have fallen...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Aromatics-prices-have-fallen-by-half-in-Asia-during-2014_66509.html
December 30, 2014
Hitoshi Ochi. Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings has named Hitoshi Ochi as president and CEO, effective 1 April 2015. Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings is the parent of Mitsubishi Chemical. Ochi...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-Holdings-names-next-CEO_66475.html
December 24, 2014
Kuraray has unveiled a medium-term management plan covering the next three years. Kuraray is targeting sales of ¥650 billion ($5.4 billion) and operating profits of ¥90 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kuraray-announces-business-plan-to-invest-$1-6-billion-in-three-years_66452.html
December 24, 2014
Nippon Shokubai says that it will establish a new wholly owned subsidiary called Nippon Shokubai Korea at Seongnam, South Korea on 1 April 2015. Nippon Shokubai Korea will mainly be...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Nippon-Shokubai-to-establish-subsidiary-in-South-Korea_66442.html
December 22, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals and SKC (Seoul) plan to merge their polyurethane (PU) raw material businesses into a joint venture by 1 April 2015. Mitsui president and CEO Tsutomu Tannowa and SKC...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-Chemicals-SKC-to-merge-polyurethane-material-businesses_66382.html
December 19, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals plans to shut its olefins conversion unit (OCU) at Osaka temporarily from the middle of January because of weaker propylene prices, the company said today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-Chemicals-to-idle-olefins-conversion-unit-next-month-because-of-weak-propylene-prices_66348.html
December 17, 2014
JSR (Tokyo) says that it has agreed with Taiwanese chemical company Chang Chun Petrochemical (Taipei) to establish a joint venture to manufacture display materials at Changshu, China...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/JSR-and-Chang-Chun-Petrochemical-to-establish-JV-to-manufacture-display-materials-in-China_66236.html
December 15, 2014
The United Nations climate summit in Lima closed with the basis for a new, global climate change agreement to be finally agreed in Paris in Dec 2015, and to enter into force in 2020...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Lima-climate-change-conference-mixed-response-from-politicians-industry-and-environmentalists_66177.html
December 11, 2014
Kuraray has decided to enter the acrylic film market with Parapure, a recently developed product. Parapure, which was created through the application of the company’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kuraray-develops-new-acrylic-film_66073.html
December 10, 2014
Teijin says that production of its new phosphorus flame retardant FCX-210 has begun at a 1,000-m.t./year plant operated by chemical company Chitec Technology (Taipei). Teijin, after...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Teijin-starts-producing-new-phosphorus-flame-retardant_66016.html
December 10, 2014
Japan's ethylene production totaled 588,400 m.t. in November, down 1.7% year-on-year from 598,600 m.t., according to figures released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japans-ethylene-output-down-1-7-percent-in-November_66038.html
December 10, 2014
Toray Industries says that it has reached a basic agreement with Saati (Appiano Gentile, Italy) to acquire its European carbon fiber fabric and prepreg business. Financial details of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Toray-to-acquire-Europe-based-carbon-fiber-prepreg-business-of-Italian-firm_66010.html
December 9, 2014
Sumitomo Chemical and Monsanto say that they have entered into long-term agreements to collaborate on weed management in Brazil and Argentina, expanding their ongoing strategic...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Chemical-Monsanto-expand-weed-management-collaboration-to-South-America_65979.html
December 8, 2014
Ube Industries announced today the development of Ubenylon 1218IU, a nylon-6 liner material for hydrogen tanks used in fuel-cell vehicles, that was codeveloped with Toyota Motor. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Ube-Industries-new-nylon-resin-to-be-used-in-Toyota-fuel-cell-vehicles_65954.html
December 8, 2014
The European Commission says in a report that European companies must boost investment in research to remain competitive in the global environment. Investment in R&D by companies...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Report-Europe-must-boost-R-and-D-investment-to-remain-competitive_65957.html
December 4, 2014
Sumitomo Chemical says it has signed an agreement with DuPont to acquire the DuPont Asana insecticide business in the United States. Asana will be distributed through Sumitomo’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Chemical-to-acquire-DuPonts-Asana-insecticide-business-in-US_65830.html
December 3, 2014
Showa Denko says that its Union Showa (Tokyo) 50-50 joint venture with UOP, a Honeywell subsidiary, has completed constructing a previously announced new high-silica zeolite plant at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/UOP-Showa-Denko-JV-completes-constructing-high-silica-zeolite-plant-in-Japan_65795.html
December 2, 2014
Myriant (Quincy, MA), a renewable chemicals company, says that it has entered into a three-way joint development agreement with plasticizers producer UPC Technology (Taipei) and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Myriant-UPC-and-Sojitz-to-jointly-develop-biosuccinic-acid-based-plasticizers_65762.html
November 27, 2014
Kuraray  (Tokyo) said today that it has appointed Masaaki Ito as new president of the group effective 1 January 2015. He replaces Fumio Ito, who has headed the group since April...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kuraray-appoints-new-president_65714.html
November 27, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, the parent of Mitsubishi Chemical, has revised its earnings and sales forecasts for the full fiscal year ending 31 March 2015. Mitsubishi expects to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-upgrades-earnings-and-sales-projections_65711.html
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