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US beef shipments blocked in South Korea

South Korea has banned the import of certain shipments of U.S. beef, following the discovery of the feed additive known as zilpaterol in meat supplied by the U.S. unit of meat processing company JBS.
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Solvay to open largest sodium bicarbonate plant in Southeast Asia

Solvay, a Belgian manufacturer of soda ash and bicarbonate, has announced plans to build the largest sodium bicarbonate plant in Southeast Asia. The facility will be located in Thailand and will have a capacity of 100,000 tons per year.
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Split roller bearings prove their worth in the cement industry

The ever-present abrasive dust in cement production plants means that motor and equipment bearing life is notoriously short due to particle ingress causing lubricant contamination and wear damage.
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Chinese anti-trust authorities launch probe into Bayer

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG is being investigated by Chinese authorities for unfair competition, becoming the latest foreign drug maker to come under examination in the Asian country.
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Omega Engineering opens new office in Singapore

Omega Engineering, Inc. is opening a new office in Singapore to coordinate its business throughout the Southeast Asia region, the company announced last week.
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China increases paraxylene capacity

One of China's biggest refiners, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical, is planning to invest 20 billion yuan ($3.27 billion) in a new paraxylene project with a capacity of 1 million tons.
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FDA tightens grip on Indian drug makers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned two Indian pharmaceutical companies over suspected breaches of good manufacturing practices.
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Asia Pacific membrane filtration market predicted to grow

The total value of the membrane filtration market in the area is estimated to be $524 million in 2013 and is set to reach $927 million in 2018.
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Novartis feels the heat as China opens another bribery probe

Chinese authorities are stepping up their crusade against widespread bribery in the pharmaceutical sector with a newly launched investigation.
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China set to become leader in packaged water consumption

China is set to become the world's biggest consumer of packaged water, dethroning the United States from the top by the end of the year.
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