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Ube Industries to set up new R&D facility in Japan

8:45 AM MST | January 21, 2015 | Natasha Alperowicz

Ube Industries said today that it will establish a new R&D facility within the Sakai factory at Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, in July 2016. The center will expand the company's R&D capabilities in the strategic growth segment of specialty...


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