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June 23, 2015
Shin-Etsu Chemical says it will construct a plant at Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, for the production of photomask blanks, the base material of photomasks that are used as the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Shin-Etsu-Chemical-to-establish-second-photomasks-plant-in-Japan_71462.html
June 23, 2015
Sekisui Chemical (Tokyo) says that it has acquired a 63% stake in Enax (Tokyo), a company that develops, manufactures, and sells lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, from the Innovation...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sekisui-Chemical-acquires-majority-stake-in-Li-ion-batteries-producer_71531.html
June 18, 2015
Idemitsu Kosan shut its vacuum distillation unit at Chiba, Japan, after a fire broke out Thursday at a 200,000-bbl/day refinery in the same location, the company says. The fire started...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Idemitsu-Kosan-shuts-vacuum-distallation-unit-at-Chiba-after-morning-fire_71429.html
June 18, 2015
Japan’s production of benzene, toluene, and xylenes—down 7%, 19%, and 6% from April, respectively—fell for a second month running in May, the Japan Petrochemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japan-produces-less-aromatics-for-a-second-month-running-in-May_71428.html
June 18, 2015
Mitsui Chemicals plans to restart its olefins conversion unit at Osaka at the beginning of July, the company says. The unit was shut on 1 June because of a lack of feedstock, and the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-targets-restart-of-Osaka-propylene-unit-in-early-July_71424.html
June 16, 2015
Zeon has announced an expansion of its cyclo-olefin polymers (COP) capacity at Mizushima, Japan. The capacity for COP, a high-transparency thermoplastic resin, will be raised from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Zeon-hikes-capacity-for-cyclo-olefin-polymers_71351.html
June 16, 2015
Preparing to exit local operations, Teijin Polycarbonate Singapore has put its industrial site on Jurong Island, Singapore, up for sale via expression of interest, says Colliers...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Teijin-Polycarbonate-selling-Jurong-Island-site-exiting-local-operations_71339.html
June 15, 2015
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC; Tokyo), Japan’s only producer of methylamines, will replace its manufacturing unit, based at Niigata, Japan, with a smaller-capacity facility to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Gas-Chemical-reducing-methylamines-capacity-in-Japan-building-new-plant_71286.html
June 10, 2015
Bayer says that it has definitively agreed to sell its diabetes care business to Panasonic Healthcare Holdings (Tokyo), a company which is backed by funds sponsored by global...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Panasonic-Healthcare-to-acquire-Bayers-diabetes-care-business-for-&euro1-02-billion_71133.html
June 10, 2015
Sumitomo Chemical says that it has decided to more than double its production capacity for lithium-ion (Li-ion) secondary battery separators, which are marketed under the Pervio brand...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Chemical-to-double-Li-ion-secondary-battery-separator-production-capacity_71127.html
June 8, 2015
Algatechnologies (Algatech; Kibbutz Ketura, Israel) has announced the signing of a supply and long-term collaboration agreement with Fujifilm in Japan for its AstaPure natural...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Algatechnologies-and-Fujifilm-collaborate-in-natural-astaxanthin_71067.html
June 8, 2015
Mitsubishi Chemical and Suzuki Motor Corp. (Hamamatsu, Japan) have jointly developed a new grade of the biobased engineering plastic Durabio, and it is used in the interior resin color...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-and-Suzuki-jointly-develop-new-grade-of-biobased-engineering-plastic_71053.html
June 3, 2015
JX Nippon Oil & Energy (Tokyo) is operating one of its two para-xylene (p-xylene) production units at Kashima, following a fire which occurred on 29 May at a refinery on the site...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/JX-Nippon-runs-one-of-two-p-xylene-plants-at-Kashima-after-fire_70994.html
June 3, 2015
JX Nippon Oil & Energy (Tokyo) has settled the June Asia contract price for benzene at $740/m.t. cfr, down $125/m.t. from a finalized May price of $865/m.t., the company says...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/JX-Nippon-settles-June-Asia-contract-price-for-benzene-down-from-May_70894.html
May 29, 2015
Agricultural chemical firm Nufarm (Melbourne) says that it has secured distribution rights for Sumitomo Chemical’s crop protection products in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Nufarm-to-distribute-Sumitomo-Chemical-crop-protection-products-in-UK_70818.html
May 28, 2015
Asahi Kasei and Mitsubishi Chemical today announced that they have signed an agreement to establish an equally owned joint venture for their previously announced plan to combine their...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-and-Mitsubishi-Chemical-move-ahead-with-plans-to-combine-crackers-at-Mizushima_70747.html
May 27, 2015
Solvay says that it has opened a research and innovation laboratory, Solvay Nicca Tokyo Innovation Laboratory, at Tokyo. The laboratory will be the key innovation center for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Solvay-opens-research-and-innovation-lab-in-Japan_70698.html
May 26, 2015
UOP, a Honeywell subsidiary, has announced today that Taiyo Oil (Tokyo) has begun producing petrochemicals with UOP's Tatoray process technology, which provides greater flexibility to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Taiyo-Oil-starts-up-aromatics-production-using-latest-UOP-technology_70680.html
May 26, 2015
Chemtura and Tosoh say that they have signed a letter of intent establishing the framework for a long-term relationship for brominated flame-retardant products and technologies in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Tosoh-to-sell-Chemturas-brominated-flame-retardant-products-in-Japan_70664.html
May 22, 2015
Toray Industries says that its wholly owned subsidiary Toray Advanced Materials Korea (TAK; Seoul) has launched another tender offer to acquire the remaining shares in Toray Chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Toray-to-acquire-remaining-shares-in-former-Woongjin-Chemical-for-$112-million_70622.html
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