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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
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
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