Materials

Dow Chemical Japan Plans Price Hike for Propylene-Based Glycol Ether Solvents

Dow Chemical Japan Ltd. has announced that it will be raising prices on its propylene-based glycol ether solvents by 30 yen ($0.28) per kilogram. The company will apply this change to all shipments starting Oct. 21. Explaining the move, Dow Chemical Japan said that profitability for propylene glycols has been worsening due to a surge in raw material costs, creating...

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Zeon Establishes New Department to Promote Digital Innovation

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) recently announced that it has established a new department to carry out unified efforts toward digital innovation, opening this up on Oct. 1 in an effort to bolster company competitiveness, as well as to support the creation and expansion of new businesses. The new department will roll out digital policies connected to both business strategy and product...

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Mitsui Chemicals to Raise Prices on Mitsui EPT as of December

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) is set to raise its selling price for Mitsui EPT. The change will apply to all lines of the material, and will affect shipments Dec. 1 onward. Sales in the Japanese market will have their prices increased by 20 yen ($0.19) per kilogram. Meanwhile, sales to overseas customers will see a price increase of $200 per...

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Denka Sees Revenue, Profits Drop for Q1 as CR Sales Take Hit From Coronavirus

Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) has shown a drop to both revenue and profits in its recently posted business results for the April–June quarter of fiscal 2020. The company revealed sales revenue of 76.23 billion yen ($719.68 million) for this first quarter, down by 16.1 percent year-on-year; operating income of 4.4 billion yen, down by 34.8 percent; ordinary income of 5.01...

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Sumitomo Riko’s Q1 Results Reveal Major Revenue Drop Due to COVID-19

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has revealed major downward trends in its business results for the first quarter of fiscal 2020. The company posted sales revenue of 65.38 billion yen ($620.49 million) for the quarter, down by 43.4 percent; an operating loss of 8.04 billion yen, down from a profit of 2.04 billion yen; and a net loss of 7.38...

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Shin-Etsu Polymer Posts Declining Results for Q1 as Coronavirus Hits Automotive Industry

Shin-Etsu Polymer Co. Ltd. (TYO:7970) recently posted its business results for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, revealing a drop in both sales revenue and profits. The company ended the quarter with sales of 18.33 billion yen ($171.49 million), down by 5.7 percent year-on-year; operating profit of just under 1.36 billion yen, down by 25.3 percent; ordinary profit of 1.58...

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