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Make plastics at home with Thing-O-Matic

Have you ever wanted to design stuff in plastic and churn it out in the privacy of your own home? Now you can buy your own 3D-printer and produce models to your own spec in shiny fresh ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), according to articles on every techie blog in the world today.   The Thing-O-Matic […]

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BOOKS: Solar by Ian McEwan

Last week I met someone by the name of Chandrasekhar in a meeting about publishing technology. The name was familiar, I said, thinking maybe it was someone I had met in business, or someone from school.   “It is the Indian Smith,” he said. “But it is also the name of the only Indian winner […]

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VIDEO: The outstanding benefits of ICIS pricing reports

I’m rather impressed with the new promo video for ICIS pricing reports. Try as I may, I can’t find anything wrong with it, not even a spelling mistake. Perhaps the voiceover actor does get a bit carried away, but who can blame him?

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Best for Innovation – Tata, Teijin, NiTech, Huntsman

At the ICIS Innovation Awards lunch, the winners were Tata Chemicals (overall and best product), Teijin (innovation with best environmental benefit), NiTech Solutions (SME) and Huntsman Advanced Materials (best business innovation).   John Baker, global editor custom publishing was there, and brought this photo back for the Blog. A full article will be in ICB […]

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Distributors Meeting at La Quinta – Interactive Review

To cover the annual meeting of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) in La Quinta, California, ICIS has put together a digital review, with photos, video and written coverage.   It’s very impressive, especially the video clips, and The Top 100 Distributors. This is the second interactive review that John Baker and his team […]

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Digital inter-active review of K-2010

The Blog has had a sneak preview of five video interviews with industry leaders at K-2010 last week in Dusseldorf. Senior figures from Songwon, Rhodia, Borealis, Bayer Material Science, Clariant and SABIC talk to ICIS about what they were showing at K and their plans for the future.   Each clip, gathered by our video […]

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iPads versus iPhones (Michael Jackson spoof)

  Traders with their new iPads are everywhere. My first sighting of the petchem trader/iPad combo was at APIC in May.   “It’s a life changer,” another trader tells me this week. Right.   Now that iPhones are commonplace, iPads are still rare enough to have the cool edge.   This video is going round […]

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Plastic water bottle Bobble selling like hot cakes

No sooner had the Blog finished cackling at the idea that there might be something green about buying bottled water, than another environmentally-friendly water-related plastics marketing genius hits the headlines.   The makers of Bobble – a reusable bottle – claim it can filter tap water to a purity that rivals mineral water. It has been launched in […]

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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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Boeing 787 plastic plane debuts at Farnborough

The Farnborough Airshow, which has been on all week and heavily covered by our sister publication Flight, reaches its climax today with the famous Weekend Flying Display. Since Farnborough is to the west of London, the Blog is looking forward to seeing the full flypast from the comfort of a sunlounger in the garden, particularly […]

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