APIC ’09: Japan must accelerate green efforts - JPCA

15 May 2009 06:49  [Source: ICIS news]

SEOUL, South Korea (ICIS news)--Japan’s chemical industry must accelerate development of energy-saving and environmentally-friendly products, develop high value-added products and build technology alliances to maintain global competitiveness, the chairman of the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA) said on Friday.

“Efforts to collect CO2 [carbon dioxide] to utilise it as a chemical material, and development of innovative technology to produce alternatives to fossil materials such as inedible biomass, while promoting existing energy-saving and anti-global warming technology, must be intensified,” said JPCA's Kenji Fujiyoshi at the 9th Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC '09) in Seoul.

The industry must also ensure its export competitiveness in the US and China markets, as well in the Middle East, he said.

“The optimisation of our business operation and reinforcement of alliances with growing Asian markets, including technology exchange, is essential,” said Fujiyoshi.

“In addition, it will be vital for us to develop customised or high value-added products under partnership with our major customers such as automotive manufacturers – an industry where Japan enjoys an advantage,” he added.

APIC ’09 began on Thursday, 14 May and ends on Friday, 15 May.

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