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In praise of the travel smock

Themulti-pocketed travel smock which looked so ridiculous when Janos modelled itin the office, is now getting mainstream media attention. “I’mnot going through security with you,” I told him when he showed it to me. “Youlook like a suicide bomber.” NowI read that the luggage restrictions on no-frills airlines have led to cannypassengers wearing as much […]

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How to survive no-frills flights

Bookingholiday flights on a no-frills airline is like an obstacle course. No soonerhave I finished congratulating myself on avoiding all the online extra charges,all the queuing, and all the airport stress hot spots, when the ground attendantgreets me with “Madam you have two pieces of luggage. You will have to payextra unless you can get […]

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EPCA 2012 in Budapest – 1,998 delegates already

The annual meeting of EPCA, taking place in Budapest this year, already has 1,998 delegates signed up on the website on 19 July 2012. It looks well on track to surpass the all time record event in 2011, which had more than 2,500 registered delegates. EPCA 2012 will take place on 6-10 October at three hotels: […]

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PHOTOS: ICIS World Phenol-Acetone Conference

Photos from the 7th ICIS World Phenol-Acetone Conference in Madrid. 1 Sponsored by CEPSA 2 Conference session 3 and 4 Panel discussion – see Julia’s article on ICIS news

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MOVES: Changes at Styron Europe

Mike Cromack has been appointed Global BusinessDirector for Aromatic Feedstocks, and Rafael Cayuela has moved to becomeEuropean Commercial Manager for Aromatics at Styron Europe, focusing on both styrene monomer and benzene. The moves are the result of Chatchai’s departure to take up asenior commercial leadership role in the SCG-Dow Group, a joint venture companybetween The […]

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Adrian Beale joins Integra in Houston

Trader Integra announced today that Adrian Beale will be joining its Houston office from 1 September 2012. “Adrian is currently a director with CMAI in Houston. He will be joining the Intermediates trading team and working together with the traders in the different regions,” the company emailed the Blog. 

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Ilse Tsang joins HML Europe

Ilse Tsang joined Amsterdam-based trader and distributor HML Europe on 9 July 2012 as part of the marketing team, the company emailed the Blog today.

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Frank Jang joins Integra

Frank Jang, currently with KPIC Corporation, will join petrochemical traders Integra from September 2012, the company emailed the Blog on Monday. Jang, currently manager for international trade-team 5 at KPIC, will be working alongside Integra’s Asian traders as part of the Korean country team.

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EPL – Summer 2013 Destination – Hilton Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv will be the summer 2013 venue for EPL (European Petrochemical Luncheon), as reported in Sofia. Delegates received an email today from the EPL organisers, giving ample notice of the date as 20 June 2013, and soliciting responses by 1 July 2012. Some bonus elements are offered. An organised tour to Jerusalem will be […]

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Photos: EPL in Sofia, Bulgaria

Thanks to everyone at EPL in Sofia who asked why Iwasn’t writing the Blog any more, and expressed regret when I explained that:1) I have given it up and 2) I don’t have the time and 3) I have a proper jobwhich takes up quite a lot of my time … So here we are […]

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