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June 14, 2012
Nippon Shokubai says it will form a new joint venture with Umicore to manufacture automotive catalysts. The jv, called Umicore Shokubai, will have a manufacturing and R&D center at...
June 13, 2012
Showa Denko says it has today restarted operations at its ethylene plant at the company’s production complex at Oita, Japan, following completion of repair work in the equipment...
June 11, 2012
Major Japanese chemical companies reported mixed financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. Firms including Mitsubishi Chemical, Sumitomo Chemical, Asahi Kasei, and...
June 11, 2012
Toray Industries say that the Ayutthaya, Thailand plant of the company’s Thai Toray Synthetics (TTS; Bangkok) subsidiary, which had stopped operating in October 2011 as a result...
June 7, 2012
Mitsubishi Chemical and Pioneer Corp. (Kawasaki, Japan) say they have developed organic light emitting diode (OLED) elements using a wet coating process for the light-emitting layers...
June 6, 2012
Kao Corp. (Tokyo) says it has established a new production company called Kao Shanghai Chemical Industries Co. in the Jinshan district of Shanghai, China. The new plant being built at...
June 1, 2012
Ajinomoto (Tokyo) and Bridgestone (Tokyo) say they have jointly developed synthetic rubber using bio-based isoprene, a new raw material produced using fermentation technology from...
May 29, 2012
Mitsui Chemicals and Sinopec say they have formed a 50-50 joint venture company called Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Elastomers at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in China, for their...
May 25, 2012
Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical say that their Petro Rabigh petrochemicals joint venture will go ahead with the previously announced Rabigh II Project at Rabigh, Saudi Arabia...
May 22, 2012
Kuraray says it has agreed to acquire MonoSol (Merrillville, IN), a manufacturer of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) film, and has reached an agreement with MonoSol Holdco, the parent company...
May 21, 2012
Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma (Osaka, Japan) says it will exit the fine chemicals business and transfer its fine chemical operations to two companies. Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma’s...
May 21, 2012
Tosoh recorded a 6.3% fall in net profits for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, compared with the previous fiscal year, to ¥9.4 billion ($118 million). Sales for the fiscal...
May 18, 2012
Asahi Kasei has begun construction of a plant for the production of dry film photoresists at Changshu, China. The new plant will have a production capacity of 120 million m2/year, and...
May 18, 2012
Mitsui Chemicals and its Prime Polymer Co. (Tokyo) affiliate say they plan to increase production at their three sites for polypropylene (PP) compounds in China, Mexico, and the U.S....
May 18, 2012
Speakers at the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Kuala Lumpur, attended by more than 1,400 delegates, were generally upbeat despite the slowdown in China, which is...
May 15, 2012
Mitsubishi Chemical reported a 57.5% fall in net profits for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, compared with the previous fiscal year, to ¥35.5 billion ($446 million). Sales...
May 15, 2012
Asahi Glass (Tokyo) says it has decided to invest about ¥800 million ($10 million) to build a new production line for Tafluprost, an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for...
May 14, 2012
Asahi Kasei says its Asahi Kasei E-materials (Tokyo) subsidiary has begun construction of a new plant for the production of Sunfort dry film photoresist at Changshu, China. The new...
May 14, 2012
Mitsui Chemicals and its Prime Polymer Co. (Tokyo) affiliate say they plan to increase production at their three sites for automotive use polypropylene (PP) compounds in China, Mexico...
May 11, 2012
Tokuyama (Tokyo) reported a 4.1% fall in net profits for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, compared with the previous fiscal year, to ¥9.3 billion ($116.5 million). Sales...
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