Archive | June, 2009

Top Chemical Adverts No. 7 – Sasol rugby

Ladies, sit down to watch this one. It’s a stirring advert for the British and Irish Lions June 2009 rugby tour of South Africa, showing the Sasol-sponsored team shirts of the home team off to full advantage.    

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Chemical engineers develop training programme for cats

Chemical engineers in the US have developed a training programme for cats, as shown in this video clip which my friend Dan Blank at RB Interactive in the States has been kind enough to forward.   Using the procedures and techniques of the engineer, as well as the classic garb of safety goggles and mitts, […]

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ICIS Training goes to Frankfurt

The ICIS Petrochemicals & Polymers training seminars went to Frankfurt this week. Nigel, Peter and Linda said the course delegates were a good cross section of buyers and sellers, and very keen. By pure coincidence, two polymer business partners – one producer and his customer – found themselves on the same training course.   Everyone was […]

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Molecules with Silly Names

Some of the chemical names here are SO cheeky that it is hard to believe they are genuine.   Molecules like Arsole, Bastardane, Unununium, Moronic Acid, Dickite, Fucitol and Windowpane. Can they be for real?   Having checked them with my colleague Alex Nimmo, one of the ICIS resident graduate chemists, I am prepared to accept that the […]

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Anger boils over in Helsinki

Just back from Helsinki from the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) stakeholder day, my colleague Will Beacham tells me that chemical industry delegates were just boiling over with anger at the inaccessibility of the agency, and had set aside 45 minutes for a furious question and answer session on Wednesday.   Click here for Will’s full article […]

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Celebrities in Chemicals

Bowing to popular pressure, the Blog today launched a new category: “Celebrities in Chemicals,” which has gathered together recent postings on: Park Ji Sung (May) Kim Jong Il (May) Vivienne Westwood (May) Adam Lambert (May) Mikhail Gorbachev (April) Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (March) George Clooney (March)

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View the inside of a Shanghai police station

Shanghai is still one of the most popular destinations for conferences, but to counter-balance the Blog’s usually euphoric postings about the city, the ICIS fertilizer team found the city dirty and polluted, with the Bund turned into a massive construction site, when they visited last week for the annual IFA conference.   The experience was hardly improved by […]

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APIC 2010 in Mumbai – the grumbles begin

The Blog’s Asian colleagues tell me that participants at APIC in Seoul in May were not happy about next year’s conference being held in Mumbai.   Delegates from South Korea and Japan had been saying that they had security concerns about Mumbai in view of last year’s terrorist attacks in the city.   Northeast Asian […]

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