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TAIWAN

Air Liquide completes start-up of eight large-scale production units
Air Liquide has completed the commercial start-up of eight large-scale production units around the world, mainly in emerging markets, the company confirmed today. All of the recently commissioned units are the result of investments, totaling about...

Kraton to merge with styrenic block copolymer business of LCY Chemical
Kraton Performance Polymers has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with the styrenic block copolymer (SBC) operations of LCY Chemical (Taipei), which had been earlier known as Lee Chang Yung Chemical Industry Corp. The deal will create a leading...

Brenntag opens application center in Taiwan
Brenntag says that it has opened a new service and application center at Shenkeng, Taiwan, close to the company’s office at Taipei. The new facility includes application laboratories for food & beverage and personal care. In addition, it offers...

ScinoPharm opens API plant in Changshu; plans to expand site
ScinoPharm (Tainan, Taiwan) says that it has completed the construction of a new facility at Changshu, China, and the new site includes a multipurpose active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing plant, and an R&D process development center. A...

Taiwan scraps plans for Kuokuang petchems project in Malaysia
Sources in Taipei have confirmed to CW that plans to relocate a petrochemical project from Taiwan to Malaysia have been scrapped. CPC Corp. (Taipei) last year said that Kuokuang Petrochemical, an affiliate in which CPC held 43% and other Taiwanese players...

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KOREA

OCI swings to profit
OCI (Seoul) reports a net profit of 32 billion South Korean won ($30.7 million) in the first quarter of 2014, compared with a net loss of about won31 billion in the corresponding period of the previous year. First-quarter sales increased 2.3%, to won798...

LG Chem reports falls in profits, sales
LG Chem reports a 16% decline in net profits for the first quarter of 2014 compared with the year-ago period, to 286 billion South Korean won ($275 million). First-quarter sales decreased 0.8%, to won5.67 trillion. Operating profits decreased 11.4% in the...

Sika acquires flooring and coating products manufacturing facility in South Korea
Sika (Baar, Switzerland) says it has acquired a manufacturing facility located at Gunsan, South Korea. The facility manufactures and distributes flooring and coating products based on epoxy resins, acrylic emulsions, and polyurethane and employs 28 people...

Samsung General Chemicals to merge with Samsung Petrochemical
Samsung General Chemicals (Seoul) and Samsung Petrochemical have announced that their boards have agreed to merge the two companies. The news comes just days after the group said that the battery and display manufacturer Samsung SDI will merge with...

BASF forms research network with Asian universities and institutes
BASF said today that together with seven leading universities and research institutes in China, Japan and South Korea, it has established the research initiative Network for Advanced Materials Open Research (NAO). The scientists aim to cooperate in developing...

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JAPAN

Mitsubishi Chemical: Restart of Kashima Complex Could Take 'Some Time'
Mitsubishi Chemical says that operations at its Kashima, Japan manufacturing complex will not resume for some time because of severe damage to piers at the adjacent port, and to other infrastructure, caused by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the...

Nippon Shokubai sets targets under new business plan
Nippon Shokubai has announced a new long-term business plan through 2020, along with a shorter term action plan covering the next three years. The company has reconfirmed safety as a priority goal, following the 2012 explosion at its Himeji plant in Japan...

Shin-Etsu reports rise in profits and sales
Shin-Etsu Chemical reports a 7.5% rise in net profits for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2014 compared with the previous fiscal year, to ¥113.61 billion ($1.1 billion). Full-year sales increased 13.7%, to ¥1.16 trillion. Fourth-quarter figures have...

Ube closes caprolactam facility in Japan
Ube Industries says that, as previously announced, it permanently stopped production of caprolactam and related derivative products at the company’s production complex at Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, by 31 March. Growth in demand for caprolactam...

Japan and Cambodia sign low carbon-growth partnership
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI; Tokyo) says that Japan and Cambodia signed a deal on 11 April for a joint crediting mechanism (JCM), and, under this mechanism, Japan will implement various projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions...

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