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April 27, 2012
Showa Denko reported a more than doubling in net profits in the first quarter ended March 31, 2012, compared with the year-ago period, to ¥5.33 billion ($66 million). Net profits...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Showa-Denkos-Chemicals-and-Petrochemicals-Segments-Report-Falls-in-Profits-and-Sales_43071.html
April 26, 2012
Kuraray reported a 9.5% rise in net profits for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, compared with the previous fiscal year, to ¥31.46 billion ($388 million). Sales increased...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kuraray-Reports-Rise-in-Profits-and-Sales_43007.html
April 26, 2012
Shin-Etsu Chemical reported a 0.5% increase in net profits for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, compared with the previous fiscal year, to ¥100.64 billion ($1.24 billion)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Shin-Etsu-Records-a-Slight-Increase-in-Profits_43004.html
April 24, 2012
Mitsui Chemicals says that a fire broke out following an explosion at about 2.15 a.m. on April 22 at the company’s resorcinol plant in Mitsui’s ‘Iwakuni-Ohtake’...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Fire-at-Mitsui-Plant-Kills-One-Injures-21-Production-Suspended-Update_42884.html
April 24, 2012
The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Japan (METI; Tokyo) says it has revised ordinances, to conform with a global standard, Globally Harmonized System of Classification and...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/METI-Revises-System-for-Labeling-Harmful-Chemical-Substances_42920.html
April 19, 2012
Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) says it has established a new company called Kaneka Apical Malaysia in February 2012, to expand the company’s polyimide film business and has begun...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kaneka-Builds-Polyimide-Film-Plant-in-Malaysia_42790.html
April 16, 2012
Toray Industries says that the Ayutthaya, Thailand plant of the company’s Thai Toray Synthetics (TTS; Bangkok) subsidiary, which stopped operating on October 6, 2011 as a result...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Toray-Restarts-Plant-in-Ayutthaya-Thailand_42693.html
April 10, 2012
A three-way agreement was signed in Seoul today for an expansion of para-xylene capacity at the Yeosu, Korea refining complex of GS Caltex (Seoul). The agreement was signed by Showa...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Showa-Shell-Taiyo-Oil-and-GS-Caltex-to-Create-Worlds-Largest-P-Xylene-Plant_42603.html
April 5, 2012
Kuraray has launched a new business plan for the period April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2015. Kuraray aims to record sales of ¥550 billion ($6.7 billion) and operating profits of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kuraray-Announces-New-Business-Plan_42509.html
April 5, 2012
Ube Industries says it is building a production facility for battery separators at the company’s production facility at Sakai, Japan, in response to growing demand for separators...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Ube-Expands-Battery-Separators-Capacity-in-Japan_42508.html
April 4, 2012
Sumitomo Corp. (Tokyo) says its Sumi Agro Europe (SAE; London)subsidiary, which is engaged in the sale of agchems, has formed a strategic capital alliance with Sipcam (Milan), a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Corp-Forms-Capital-Alliance-with-Italian-Agchem-Firm_42426.html
April 3, 2012
Sony Corp. (Tokyo) and the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ; Tokyo) say they have entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding, for the sale of Sony’s chemical products...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sony-to-Sell-Chemical-Business-to-Development-Bank-of-Japan_42196.html
April 2, 2012
Mitsui Chemicals says its Mitsui Chemicals Tohcello (Tokyo) subsidiary has agreed to establish a joint venture with SCG Chemicals, the chemical subsidiary of Siam Cement Group (SCG...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-and-SCG-Chemicals-Form-LLDPE-Film-JV-in-Thailand_42420.html
March 30, 2012
Mitsui Chemicals says it has decided to sell its wholly owned subsidiary, Mitsui Chemicals Fabro (Tokyo) to Riken Technos Corp. (RTC; Tokyo) on October 1, 2012. FInancial terms were...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Riken-Technos-to-Acquire-Mitsui-Chemicals-Fabro_42393.html
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
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