Archive | August, 2010


Closed for the Holidays

The Blog is away until 13 September 2010.

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The Art of Trader Speak

Understanding trader-speak is an art. My fellow blogger, Paul Hodges has written an insightful explanation of some classic trader expressions on his blog.   To these, the ICIS aromatics reporting team can add the following:   “I haven’t done anything in the market this week, but I heard this low deal done.” = Please move […]

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EPCA 2010 – 1,936 signed up for Budapest

A quick check of the EPCA website shows that 1,936 delegates have now signed up for the conference with just six weeks to go. That’s overtaken last year’s 1,900.    Flights are booked – and just in time, because one morning flight from London had just two seats left when I last looked. Hotel rooms are booked; the […]

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ICIS Russian joint venture

ICIS has announced a joint venture with specialist Former Soviet Union (FSU) based benchmark price provider MRC, to extend our presence in the Russian plastics market.   The announcement from ICIS and MRC went out on 12 August, including the news that the two companies will be holding a one-day “Russian Polymers Summit” on 14 October […]

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Early Bird places snapped up for Aromatics Conference 2010

Hardly a day goes by without some new development on the Aromatics Conference, which is all set for 23-24 November 2010 in a very stylish hotel in Berlin.   The Early Bird discount of €146 is available up to 3 September, and early delegates have been snapping up places at the discounted rate.   Top […]

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Burns returns to Houston in triumph

  The Aussie managing editor of ICIS Houston, Stephen Burns, was welcomed back to the heart of his team today after a brief trip over the border to renew his visa.

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Japanese golf hits the rough

Petchem golfers take heed. Golf is still on the rise in the impressively developing economies of China and Vietnam, but in Japan it is most definitely in decline, since it hit a peak in the 1980s and 1990s.   The Nikkei has stopped publishing its monthly Nikkei Golf Index, tracking the average prices of golf […]

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Send your Anybot into meetings

I’m expecting to see Anybots milling around in conference lobbies or corporate meeting rooms before the year is out. It’s an internet-operated “telepresence robot” which can be manoeuvred from thousands of miles away using a laptop and headset, according to this article.   You can join in meetings, attend conferences, ask questions or wander round […]

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Petchem Bikers on the Road from Rotterdam

More petchem cycling news reaches the Blog this morning. Steve Lyons of LyondellBasell and Jim Thompson of Third Coast Chemicals took inspiration from the Tour de France starting in Rotterdam, and decided to ride the first stage on the day after the Tour riders had completed it. The first stage, Rotterdam to Brussels – which […]

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Houston Restaurant Reviews

After the Blog’s restaurant review of San Antonio went out to general acclaim, it seemed appropriate to provide petchem travellers to Houston with the same level of service.   Ouisie’s Table (pronounced Weezies) Great southern food with delightful service. It’s buzzy at lunchtime, but quieter in the evening. The deep fried oysters and the assortment of […]

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