“Flights on KLM are particularly disrupted.” That was the most discouraging part of the 7.00 am news item on fogbound Heathrow. “Our flight is cancelled,” Helena texts me at 7.15 am. Nevertheless we set off the airport, ever hopeful. There is no answer from our travel agent’s emergency hotline. I am not sure […]
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It has taken nearly a year to put together but at last the Aromatics Conference is upon us. Starting next Tuesday in Amsterdam, it has a starry speaker line-up of big company speakers including Bayer Material Science Shell Styrolution Novapet Vopak Some of us tried to move the conference to Prague for this year, […]
The Blog spent a few hours at the March EPL in Brussels on Thursday morning, after the ICIS 6th World Olefins Conference on Wednesday. At breakfast in the Sofitel, across Boulevard de Waterloo from the EPL hotel, it was obvious that a lot of EPL-goers had chosen to stay at the Sofitel and have […]
Will the Aromatics 2011 conference be in Amsterdam or Prague? Voting is “too tight to call,” Michelle in our conference team emails me this afternoon. It’s 18 for Amsterdam, and 17 for Prague, with 2 selecting “no preference.” In the end we had to discard the suggestion from one of last year’s […]
Remembering my vocal complaints about the tiny bathroom at a Frankfurt hotel where we stayed for one ICIS Training course, my fellow trainer Nigel showed me this article on CitizenM hotel rooms in today’s Guardian. He says that we’ll have to try out these compact rooms for one of our next Training courses, where the […]
Patrick Aulbers has set up a new chemical trading venture, Aulbers Chemicals BV, he announced on Wednesday. The new company is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and will be trading acrylonitrile and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM). Aulbers was formerly owner/managing director/trader at Joss Chemicals.
At last some good photos from our training seminars. Here are some shots from last week’s ICIS training courses in Amsterdam, taken by our marketing colleague Taru. For the full photo spread, see the ICIS training website.
What shall we conclude from the Sold Out status of the two ICIS Training seminars in Amsterdam today and tomorrow? That Amsterdam is a popular location? That September-December is a popular time for training, with budget needing to be spent? That the petchem biz is picking up? That lots of Bright Young Things are […]
Roosmarijn Vandeputte, formerly of Oxyde then Noble, has joined trader and distributor Hazel Mercantile Limited. She set up HML Europe BV in April in Amsterdam, she tells me at APIC. Her card shows her title as Director of HML.
Jay Cho has joined traders Vitol in Singapore, he announced in an email to contacts on Sunday 28 February. Cho, formerly an aromatics trader with Interchem and Samsung will begin his new role on 1 March 2010. Vitol was a sponsor of the recent ICIS 8th European Aromatics Conference in Amsterdam.