Mitsubishi Chemical

Bridgestone Targets Commercial Tire Applications for Plant-Derived Isoprene Rubber

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it has entered into a joint research project for plant-derived isoprene rubber and its high-performance derivatives, working here on production technologies and practical applications for these materials. Efforts under the project look to establish plant-derived isoprene rubber as a practical, industrialized alternative to the natural rubber and oil-derived synthetic rubber currently used as raw...

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Mitsubishi Chemical Set to Acquire PVC Compound Business From Welset Plast Extrusions

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. announced on June 21 that it has reached an agreement with Welset Plast Extrusions Pvt. Ltd. of India to acquire the latter’s polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compound business. The business is to be handed over to Mitsubishi Chemical this autumn. With locations both in India and overseas, Welset conducts masterbatch operations – including those for PVC – in...

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Mitsubishi Chemical to Establish Regional Management Company for Performance Polymers in Singapore

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., a developer and manufacturer of performance products and materials, has announced it will set up a regional management company in Singapore to help expand its performance polymer business in the ASEAN region and India. As of April 1, Advanced Plastics Compounds Singapore Pte. Ltd. (APS) – a Singaporean-based consolidated subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical – will assume a...

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Mitsubishi Chemical and Air Liquide Subsidiary Partner on Butadiene Technology

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. signed a cooperation agreement on Sept. 7 with Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, a subsidiary of French firm Air Liquide SA. Under the agreement, Air Liquide E&C will license Mitsubishi Chemical’s process for manufacturing butadiene from n-butene. The aim is to develop a technology licensing business by packaging together Mitsubishi Chemical’s butene to crude butadiene production technology...

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Techno Polymer and UMG ABS Delay Launch of New ABS Resin Company

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185), Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. and Ube Industries Ltd. (TYO:4208) have announced delays to the integration of Techno Polymer Co. Ltd.’s and UMG ABS Ltd.’s acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) resin businesses. Techno Polymer is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JSR, while Ube Industries and Mitsubishi Chemical each hold 50 percent shares in UMG ABS. The parent companies had originally planned...

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Mitsubishi Chemical Launches New Grade of TPC for Automotive Use

Chemical maker Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. has developed a new grade of Tefabloc, a thermoplastic copolyester elastomer (TPC). Tefabloc has TPC’s unique high degree of resistance to heat, oil and abrasion while excelling in thermal adhesiveness with hard materials such as polycarbonate and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) resin. The product has been widely adopted in the two-color molding field, primarily for...

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