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Denka Considers Drastic Measures in Chloroprene Rubber Business

Denka is considering to decide on drastic measures for its chloroprene rubber (CR) business by the end of 2024. President Toshio Imai will “consider all options,” centered on a close examination of optimal production capacity, including capacity reductions. The environment surrounding the CR business is severe. While the supply-demand balance has eased significantly since the latter half of fiscal 2022,...

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Denka Completes Construction of Chemical Recycling Plant

Denka and its affiliate Toyo Styrene in March completed construction of a chemical recycling plant for used polystyrene at Denka’s Chiba Plant in Ichihara City. The investment is worth approximately 4 billion yen ($26.45 million), and the plant will process approximately 3,000 tons of used polystyrene per year. While food packaging accounts for more than 60% of Japanese domestic demand...

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Chloroprene Rubber Volumes and Prices Likely to Bottom Out in Second Half

Chloroprene rubber (CR) sales volume and prices are likely to bottom out in the second half of fiscal 2023 (October-March 2024). This comes with demand for CR currently being sluggish due to weak demand for industrial goods and adhesive applications, as well as inventory adjustment in automotive applications, where demand has been recovering. Supply chain inventories have built up significantly...

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Denka to Build Acetylene Black Production Plant in Thailand

Denka and SCG Chemicals (SCGC, headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand), a wholly owned subsidiary of Siam Cement, have decided to establish a joint venture company to manufacture and sell acetylene black and to construct an acetylene black production plant in Thailand. The investment amount is $400 million and the plant will be located in Map Ta Phut in Rayong Province. Construction...

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Denka Posts Declining Sales and Profits in First Quarter

In the first quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024 (April-June 2023), chemical and rubber manufacturer Denka’s sales fell 6.9% year-on-year to 87.82 billion yen ($603.63 million), operating income fell 43.0% to 2.79 billion yen, ordinary income fell 53.7% to 2.38 billion yen, and net income fell 47.1% to 2.29 billion yen. By segment, the Elastomers & Infrastructure...

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Denka Signs United Nations Global Compact

Denka signed a statement of support for the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and was registered as a participating company as of June 8. At the same time, the company joined the Global Compact Network Japan, a local network of the UNGC in Japan. The UNGC is the world’s largest sustainability initiative, which aims to build a healthy global society...

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