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March 29, 2012
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) says that its Korea Engineering Plastics (KEP; Seoul) affiliate will expand its polyacetal production facility at Ulsan, Korea, to increase its production...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Korea-Engineering-Plastics-to-Increase-Polyacetal-Capacity_42367.html
March 28, 2012
Showa Denko says it has temporarily suspended operations at its ethylene plant at the company’s production complex at Oita, Japan, for repair. The two-line ethylene plant has a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Showa-Denko-Temporarily-Shuts-Ethylene-Plant_42345.html
March 28, 2012
Teijin says it has formed a partnership with the China Chemical Fibers Association (CCFA; Beijing) to pursue business opportunities in chemical fibers and related industries, in China...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Teijin-Partners-with-China-Chemical-Fibers-Association-to-Develop-Chinese-Market_42344.html
March 22, 2012
Shin-Etsu Chemical says it has established a wholly owned subsidiary called Shin-Etsu Changting Technology Co. (Longyan, China) to manufacture magnet alloys, an intermediate material...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Shin-Etsu-to-Build-Plant-in-China-to-Manufacture-Magnet-Alloys-for-Rare-Earth-Magnets_42198.html
March 21, 2012
Teijin says it will open the Teijin Composites Application Center (TCAC), a technical center to develop automotive and other industrial applications of carbon fiber reinforced...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Teijin-to-Open-Carbon-Fiber-Composites-Application-Center-in-U-S-_42149.html
March 20, 2012
Researchers from Japan and the U.S. have developed a proton-responsive ligand and a homogeneous iridium catalyst which together enable the controlled storage and release of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mimicking-Photosynthesis-Enables-Storage-and-Release-of-Hydrogen_42127.html
March 19, 2012
Ube Industries has revised its sales and earnings forecasts for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. Ube expects to record net profits of ¥21 billion ($253 million), having...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Ube-Downgrades-Earnings-and-Sales-Projections_42096.html
March 19, 2012
Agchem firm Nufarm (Melbourne) and Sumitomo Chemical say they have entered into new distribution arrangements for Canada and three European countries--Hungary, Romania and Ukraine...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Nufarm-and-Sumitomo-Expand-Cooperation_42094.html
March 16, 2012
The Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA; Tokyo) says it has formulated a guideline for a methodology to evaluate the reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of green...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japan-Chemical-Industry-Association-Formulates-Guideline-for-Calculating-Reduction-in-CO2-Emissions_42063.html
March 16, 2012
Toyo Engineering (Narashino, Japan) and engineering and technology services firm CDI Corp. (Philadelphia, PA) say they have entered into an alliance to provide engineering, procurement...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Toyo-Engineering-and-CDI-Corp-Form-Alliance-to-Provide-EPC-Services-to-Polysilicon-Producers-in-China_42062.html
March 15, 2012
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI; Tokyo) says its MHI Industrial Engineering & Services (MIES; Singapore) subsidiary has received an order from Qatar Fuel Additives Co. (Qafac...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Heavy-Industries-to-Build-CO2-Recovery-Plant-for-Qafac-in-Qatar_42022.html
March 14, 2012
The U.S., European Union (EU), and Japan have launched a joint legal challenge to China's restrictions on exports of rare earths. They have jointly requested dispute settlement...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Obama-Leads-International-Challenge-to-Chinas-Rare-Earth-Export-Restrictions_41975.html
March 12, 2012
Asahi Kasei has agreed to acquire Zoll Medical (Chelmsford, MA), a maker of resuscitation and critical care devices, for $2.21 billion, in a bid to expand its health care business....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-to-Acquire-U-S-Maker-of-Resuscitation-Devices-for-$2-2-Billion_41917.html
March 12, 2012
Kuraray says its Kuraray Europe (Frankfurt, Germany) subsidiary will invest about €20 million ($26 million) to expand production capacity for polyvinyl butyral (PVB) film at its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kuraray-to-Expand-PVB-Film-Capacity-in-Germany-Planning-Capacity-in-India_41911.html
March 9, 2012
Toray Industries says it will invest a total of ¥45 billion ($550 million) to increase its production capacity for carbon fibers at four production sites in France, Japan, Korea...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Toray-to-Invest-$550-Million-to-Increase-Carbon-Fiber-Capacity-at-Four-Sites_41892.html
March 8, 2012
Asahi Kasei Chemicals (AKC), an Asahi Kasei subsidiary, says it will exit its Okayama Chemical Co. (Tokyo) 50-50 joint venture with Daiso Co. (Osaka, Japan). Okayama Chemical, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-Exits-Okayama-Chemical-JV_41877.html
March 8, 2012
Asahi Kasei Chemicals (AKC), an Asahi Kasei subsidiary, says it will construct a new acetonitrile plant at Ulsan, Korea. The plant will have a production capacity of 11,000 m.t./year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-Builds-Acetonitrile-Plant-in-Korea_41873.html
March 8, 2012
Mitsui & Co. (Tokyo) and Sumitomo Corp. (Tokyo) have agreed to launch a detailed study to integrate their fertilizer business in Japan. The two companies signed a basic agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-and-Co-and-Sumitomo-Corp-Study-Merger-of-Fertilizer-Business-in-Japan_41872.html
March 6, 2012
FMC says it has agreed with Kumiai Chemical Industry (Tokyo) to evaluate the potential for development and commercialization of a new herbicide. The herbicide was developed...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/FMC-to-Evaluate-Development-and-Commercialization-of-New-Herbicide_41813.html
March 2, 2012
Tosoh says that its advanced materials division is planning to invest further to develop its business. Tosoh will build a chemical manganese oxide plant; will expand production...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Tosohs-Advanced-Materials-Division-Announces-Expansion-Projects_41764.html
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