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Chalco to invest in Indonesian alumina plant

CHONGQING, China — Aluminum Corporation of China Limited, China''s largest producer of aluminum, is planning to open new processing plants in Indonesia after the country reduced exports.
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Japan's Meiji builds new plant to boost production capacity

INAZAWA CITY, Japan — Japanese dairy products manufacturer Meiji Holding has announced plans to build a new processing plant to meet its goals for increased production capacity for yogurt
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Yaskawa to strengthen automation solutions portfolio with VIPA acquisition

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Yaskawa Electric Corp. has agreed to acquire a majority of the shares of VIPA, a Herzogenaurach, Germany-based supplier of automation technology and control solutions.
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Taiwan's petrochemical industry to see output rise in Q4

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan''s petrochemical sector is predicted to grow over the last three months of the year. A government report expects a 7.6 percent rise in output compared
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Machinery bearing quality impacts energy costs

Indonesian textile plant tests lead to reduced energy consumption and lower operating costs
Not long ago, along with the rest of Indonesian industry, PT. Leuwijaya Utama Textile Co. (Leuwitex) was confronted with a government-enforced increase in electricity costs, in its case approximately 18%. The Bandung plant includes 300 textile weaving machines and 176 twisting machines, consuming 2,120 megawatt-hour (MWh) per month. This threat to bottom-line profitability had to be reduced.
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Japan signs deal with India on rare earth production

TOKYO — Japan signed an agreement to import 4,100 tons of rare earths a year from India in its second deal this month to diversify supply from China for the
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Digital valve controller helps Chinese chemical plant save $40,000 in repairs and downtime

After Emerson Process Management replaced existing valve positioners in the Shanghai Ethylene Cracker Complex (SECCO) with Fisher® FIELDVUE™ DVC6200f digital valve controllers, the SECCO plant gained better control, production
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Chinese city halts petrochemical plant expansion following protests

NINGBO, China — Officials in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo halted plans to expand a China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. plant after hundreds of residents gathered in protest
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PepsiCo, Suntory form strategic alliance in Vietnam

PURCHASE, N.Y. and OSAKA, Japan — PepsiCo and Japanese beverage company Suntory have formed a strategic alliance in Vietnam. Under the terms of the agreement, Suntory will acquire a
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Omega Engineering opens new office in Shanghai

STAMFORD, Conn. — In a move to strengthen its presence in Asia, process measurement and controls manufacturer Omega Engineering announced it has opened a new office in Shanghai. Sharon
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