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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...

Asahi Kasei completes acquisition of Polypore after 3M purchases Polypore’s separations media business for $1.0 billion
Asahi Kasei says that, on 26 August, it completed the previously announced acquisition of Polypore International (Charlotte, NC). Asahi Kasei had announced in February that it will acquire Polypore in a deal that values Polypore at $3.2 billion. As part of...

DuPont appoints heads of DuPont Teijin Films JV and sustainable solutions business
DuPont says that it has appointed John Chrosniak as president of its sustainable solutions business effective 1 September. Chrosniak succeeds James Weigand, who has been appointed chairman and CEO of the DuPont Teijin Films joint venture. Chrosniak...

Sumitomo Chemical to establish R&D center in Brazil
Sumitomo Chemical says that it has decided to establish a research center at São Paulo. The center will be called Latin America Research Center, and it will focus on efficacy trials, R&D, and analyses of crop protection products, Sumitomo says. The...

JSR posts lower profits on deteriorating synthetic rubber demand
JSR (Tokyo) reports lower profits in the quarter ended 30 June. Operating income was down 8.9%, to ¥7.4 billion ($59.8 million), while net income declined 7.9%, to ¥4.95 billion. Sales were 0.7% lower, at ¥94.4 billion. Elastomers, which accounted...

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