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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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Nadja Weiss leaves Chevron Phillips

Nadja Weiss of Chevron Phillips Chemicals (CPChem) is to leave her position as Belgium-based Aromatics Manager Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) in June.  After 13 years in the industry, including starting out at BASF, she will hand over to Sid Baweja in a three-week transition period, she announced in a goodbye email to her business associates […]

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From ICIS Training to Floggers

(Wednesday) I thought it was crazy putting the London ICIS Training on the same day as Floggers, but sure enough the training was a runaway success, so what do I know? For Day Two, the Advanced course, we were sold out, and there was obviously no crossover with the Floggers crowd who were already getting […]

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Arrivederci Norway

As the UK Transport Secretary Lord Adonis predicts that “significant disruption to most UK air services will continue for at least the next 48 hours,” due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, our own Ed Cox from ICIS Heren makes plans to say goodbye to his enforced holiday retreat in Norway … Things are […]

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Volcanic ash cloud strands ICIS editors abroad

The volcanic ash cloud which has closed UK air space has left various ICIS London editors stranded across Europe and the US, kicking their heels and sadly unable to return to work. The Blog’s occasional guest contributor, Ed Cox of ICIS Heren, finds himself stranded in Norway with nothing better to do than to complain […]

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Conference Etiquette at NPRA

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–I hear there was a bit of a kerfuffle at the Welcome Reception at NPRA on Sunday evening, when one delegate was smoking a cigar next to the buffet carvery counter.   The Blog has written before to deplore the occasional outbreaks of poor etiquette in the petchem industry (Oops, I am […]

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Sunday Open House at ICIS

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–Sunday afternoon at NPRA is when ICIS has its cocktail reception, nicely timed to be after the golf outings and before the official conference Welcome Reception. So the suite was full of subscribers, editorial contacts, ICIS staff, former staff, competitors, passers by, family members but without the usual Canadian guys in red sweatshirts from […]

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Pappie returns to Shell Chemicals

HOUSTON (Chemicals Confidential)–David Pappie has returned to Shell Chemicals, this time as General Manager Commercial Excellence, after a five year stint as VP Recruitment for Shell, the Blog hears from a passing stranger in the arrivals hall of Houston’s IAH airport on Wednesday afternoon.   Before his break in HR, Pappie was a well-known fixture […]

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Nick King joins Lotte Chemical UK

Nick King has joined Lotte Chemical UK as PTA Commercial Director effective from February, he tells the Blog via Caroline.   Most recently, he set up Cloonacool Consultancy Ltd and worked closely with the Kolmar Group after the demise of Artenius UK, where he had been PTA Sales Director.   Says Nick, “Having met virtually all the major European PTA […]

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Change at the top at ExxonMobil Chemical as Kuhlmann retires

Ralf Kuhlmann, Business Director Basic Chemicals Europe at ExxonMobil Chemical Europe, retired on 10 March 2010. The role will be taken over by Juhan Robberts.   “Yesterday was the last day of a monument in the chemical industry,” a trading friend writes to the Blog on hearing of this change.   The Blog remembers that […]

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