Archive | October, 2010

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EPCA 2011 – Back to Berlin

EPCA 2011 will be in Berlin from 1 to 5 October, the official handbook from the EPCA confirms.   Berlin is becoming a bit of a petchem hotspot, after the ICIS training and Phenol-Acetone Conference there in June this year, and the imminent European Aromatics Conference there in November. Not to mention EPCA 2009 there. […]

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MORE PHOTOS: ICIS-MRC Russian Polymers in Moscow

Some more photos of last week’s ICIS-MRC Russian Polymers Summit have arrived this afternoon from Svetlana at MRC in Kharkiv. 1 Speakers from Nizhnekamsk (Yevgeniy Tsyganov, Deputy General Director for Commerical Issues) and Lukoil (Alexander Rappoport, Director for Gas and Power Activities and Sales of Petrochemical and Gas Products) 2 Sergei Yaremenko of MRC 3 […]

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Russian Polymers Summit versus Aromatics Conference – East v West

The Blog observed some key differences between east European and west European ICIS petchem conferences, while sitting quietly in the audience at last week’s ICIS-MRC Russian Polymers Summit in Moscow.   1 East: Loads of very direct questions from the floor, even complaints and personal digs. West: A small number of courteous questions couched in […]

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PHOTOS: ICIS-MRC Russian Polymers Summit

Everyone who is anyone in Russian polymers was there. I don’t know how our working partners at MRC managed to get such a star line-up of speakers, but it certainly pulled in a crowd.   Speakers from Sibur, Lukoil and Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNKh) lined up for the first session of the morning at the ICIS-MRC Russian […]

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Russian Polymers Summit in Moscow

The ICIS-MRC Russian Polymers Summit in Moscow yesterday saw 150 delegates, mostly from Russia and the Former Soviet Union (FSU) spending a day listening to some top name speakers from the key players in the region.   It was also blessed by the presence of our own Linda Naylor – famous in Russia, I’m reliably […]

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How to lose that post-EPCA weight, by Caroline Murray

Caroline Murray, senior editor at ICIS, has returned from the GSI PET Day in Florence with this tale to tell …   I know when I have had a good networking session at EPCA when I am forced to add ‘hold belly in for donning of suit’ to the to-do list. As if ‘maintain appearance […]

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All Our Working Lives

Our own Nigel Davis, chemical insight editor at ICIS, is credited as an advisor on BBC4′s documentary series, All Our Working Lives, which examines the economic and industrial transformation that Britain has undergone since the early Eighties.   The chemical industry episode from the original series (1984) has been updated, with Nigel’s help, with a […]

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How to interview a Global VP

Hats off to my colleague Paul Ray who hijacked an ICIS news interview with Shell’s global vice president of base chemicals, Graham van’t Hoff to flog him an ICIS Margin Report.   I overheard his sales pitch while I was finishing up in the ICIS suite at EPCA on Tuesday afternoon before heading off to […]

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Styrolution scoop

I’m grateful to all the “sources close to the company” who gave me my scoop at EPCA on BASF’s Styrolution styrenics spin-off plans.   The story was picked up the following day by Bloomberg, and I had a nice email of thanks from Andrew Noel there.

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“Pearl of the Danube” – Beauty Contest in Budapest

The ICIS team in Budapest for EPCA were astonished to walk into the middle of the “Pearl of the Danube” beauty pageant in the lobby of their conference hotel on Sunday night.   Will Beacham, deputy editor of ICB, took some amazing photos at the President Hotel of the pageant, which had originally been mistaken […]

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