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Industry press pack out and about at NPRA

The industry press corps was out in force at Monday night’s NPRA parties. I didn’t see any at the Shell cocktail apart from ICIS, but the whole CMAI, Tecnon and PCI crowd were at Mitsubishi.   A friend at CMAI said that their pre-NPRA event in Houston had seen a pick-up in numbers to around 950 […]

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Monday night parties at NPRA

Monday night is party night at NPRA and you need flat shoes and a great deal of stamina to make the hike from the Marriott Riverwalk to the Contessa to the Grand Hyatt and then to the Marriott Rivercenter to take in all the night’s events.   The Blog and Paul Ray walked down to […]

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Karaoke Nights in Petchems

On the way to Houston the conversation turns to karaoke. It seems that petchem folk are divided between those who hate even the thought of it, and those who love it, who look forward to it, who just can’t wait to jump up on the stage and grab the mike.    People who have Playstation’s […]

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Gong Xie Fa Cai at the Phoenix Palace

Devouring ten dishes including lobster, crispy seaweed and seabass, the Blog welcomed in the Year of the Rabbit with 50 other friends of China at a business dinner in Baker Street on Monday night. Everyone was supposed to have some connection with China, or at least a liking for big Chinese banquets, and the dress […]

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Top Award for ICIS – Data Service of the Year

Great excitement at ICIS today after we scooped the top award at the RBI Achievement Awards last night. The whole ICIS team piled onto the stage to accept the award at the glittering awards ceremony and Xmas party at London’s Battersea Evolution in front of 1,500 guests from across Reed Business Information.   The final […]

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Cable and Fiennes at CIA Dinner

The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) Dinner was a grand affair as always, with 980 guests in London‘s Grosvenor House Hotel for a black tie dinner on Thursday 18 November.   There were two splendid speakers, Dr Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes the explorer – but good as they […]

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PHOTOS: Vopak “In the Navy” party at EPCA

Vopak’s late-night party on the Monday at EPCA on a boat sailing down the Danube was one of the social highlights of the conference, according to all the usual suspects.   It was with trepidation that the Blog clicked through on the link to the party photos, which Vopak emailed round to its guests today. […]

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Dan Smith, ex-LyondellBasell speaker at NECA Xmas Luncheon

Dan Smith, former Chief Executive Officer at LyondellBasell Industries will be the keynote speaker at the Northeast Chemical Association (NECA) Xmas Luncheon.   The event will be held as always at the Pierre Hotel in New York, on Friday 10 December.   Tickets for the Luncheon are a snip at $250 a head, which the […]

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Rick Wakeman to play at December EPL

Rick Wakeman, musician and songwriter, will be the guest performer at the December EPL, the Blog hears from a well-informed source on the EPL committee.   The news has already been greeted with pleasure and amazement by EPL members of a certain age, who remember Wakeman as the keyboardist in 1970s prog rock band Yes. […]

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PHOTOS: The CBA’s annual Floggers Luncheon

Relive some of the highlights of the Chemical Business Association’s 87th annual Floggers Luncheon, with these “before” photos.   The event, held on Wednesday 28 April 2010 at London‘s Grosvenor House, attracted 1,035 guests, 180 more than last year, the organisers tell me.   After months of rising chemical prices, it’s obvious the mood was […]

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