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Asahi Kasei completes expansion of HDI-based polyisocyanate plant in China

2:50 AM MDT | June 3, 2015 | Deepti Ramesh

Asahi Kasei says that its Asahi Kasei Chemicals (AKC) subsidiary, on 2 June, opened the previously announced new production line for the company’s Duranate hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI)–based polyisocyanate at Nantong, China. With this second...

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FDA issues warning letter to API plant in Czech Republic

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