Issue Date: June 25, 2012
Belgian, Danish Firms Hike Asian Catalysts
Belgium’s Umicore and Japan’s Nippon Shokubai are forming a joint venture that will supply vehicle emissions catalysts to Japanese carmakers. Owned 60% by Umicore and 40% by Shokubai, Umicore Shokubai will be based in Himeji, Japan, where Shokubai operates a plant. Outside Japan, the venture will rely on Umicore facilities in the Americas and Europe. Aided by Japanese government subsidies, the venture will also set up an R&D center in Tokoname, Japan. Separately, Denmark’s Haldor Topsøe has agreed to purchase land for a new catalyst plant in Tianjin, China. Scheduled to open in 2014, the plant may eventually employ as many as 100 people.
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