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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
March 2, 2012
Mitsui Chemicals says it will restructure some of its businesses effective April 1, 2012, as part of the company's effort to accelerate new growth strategies. Mitsui will dissolve the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-to-Restructure-Some-Businesses_41762.html
February 28, 2012
Biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) firm Genomatica (San Diego) says Mitsubishi Chemical has agreed to exclusively negotiate definitive agreements for a joint commercial operation in Asia...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-Genomatica-Eye-Bio-BDO-in-Asia_41597.html
February 20, 2012
Tosoh has recorded a 5.6% increase in net profits for the fiscal first nine months ended December 31, 2011, compared with the year-ago period, to ¥7 billion ($88 million). Sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Tosoh-Reports-Rise-in-Profits-and-Sales_41491.html
February 17, 2012
Tokuyama (Tokyo) says it has begun construction on the previously announced second polysilicon plant at the Samalaju Industrial Park in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. The plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Tokuyama-Begins-Construction-of-$1-26-Billion-Polysilicon-Plant-in-Malaysia_41467.html
February 15, 2012
Teijin says it has established a joint venture in Korea for manufacturing lithium ion secondary batteries (LIBs) separators. The jv with CNF, a major film processor is called Teijin...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Teijin-Forms-LIB-Separators-JV-in-Korea_41360.html
February 13, 2012
Ajinomoto and Toray Industries say they have entered into an agreement to begin joint research for manufacturing the nylon raw material 1,5-pentanediamine (1,5-PD) from the amino acid...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Ajinomoto-Toray-Industries-Sign-Biobased-Nylon-Development-Deal_41326.html
February 10, 2012
Tokuyama (Tokyo) has recorded a 26.4% fall in net profits for the nine months ended December 31, 2011, compared with the year-ago period, to ¥3.9 billion ($50 million). Sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Tokuyama-Reports-Fall-in-Profits-and-Sales_41263.html
February 10, 2012
DIC Corp. (Tokyo) has recorded a 4.5% fall in net profits for the fiscal first nine months ended December 31, 2011, compared with the year-ago period, to ¥15.9 billion ($205...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/DIC-Reports-Fall-in-Profits-and-Sales_41262.html
February 9, 2012
Showa Denko recorded net losses of  ¥500 million ($6.5 million) in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with ¥3.3 billion in net profits in the corresponding period...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Showa-Denko-Reports-Losses-and-a-Slight-Decrease-in-Sales_41212.html
February 8, 2012
Teijin today announced strategies for growth over the next few years, which includes a mid-term business plan for until the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 and a long-term plan for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Teijin-Announces-New-Business-Plan_41080.html
February 7, 2012
Sumitomo Chemical tells CW that it is planning to build an additional solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (SSBR) manufacturing plant at Singapore. The second plant is...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-to-Build-Second-SSBR-Plant-in-Singapore-Breaks-Ground-on-First-Plant-Update_41049.html
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