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Amsterdam ICIS Training heralds upturn in petchem travelling

Can business travel be back to pre-recession levels already? The Blog doesn’t want to jump to conclusions, but the turnout for the ICIS Training seminars on Monday and Tuesday this week was the highest for the past year – and this was after a strong attendance at November’s Aromatics Conference and a much higher than […]

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PHOTOS: Amsterdam ICIS Training

Photos from ICIS Training days, Amsterdam, 15 and 16 February 2010. 1 Nigel writing hot ICIS news article on Yara buying Terra, 8.00 Monday morning. 2 and 3 Hard at work in the Monday afternoon workshop sessions. 4 Trainers Peter T and Alastair Hensman conferring before Tuesday morning session. 5 Snow on Tuesday morning, from hotel […]

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ICIS Aromatics Conference on Bloomberg.com

The ICIS Aromatics Conference was featured on Bloomberg.com today, with quotes from the conference chairman Paul Hodges, and from our BASF speakers, Udo Fenske and Jaroslav Michniuk.   Bloomberg News reporter Richard Weiss attended the conference, and contributed to a piece entitled: BASF, Dow Compete to Offload Unwanted $10 Billion Styrene Units.

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Aromatics Conference, Amsterdam 2009

The Aromatics Conference is over, and before I even see the results of the delegate feedback, I know it is going to rate as one of the best conferences we’ve ever done, possibly even the very best.   Throughout the first day on Wednesday, which was mostly on benzene and styrene, people kept coming up […]

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“Never Pay Retail” – a cautionary tale

I’ve been enjoying the third book of Stieg Larssen’s Millenium trilogy. My friend Philippa at Tecnon recommended the first one to me because we both enjoy Henning Mankell’s Wallander series, and I was in such a hurry to buy the second book in the trilogy that I ended up buying it in hardback rather than […]

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Petrochemical Training in Amsterdam

The trip to Amsterdam for the ICIS Training seminars is a journey of two halves. Heathrow Terminal 4 is spacious and empty after its recent refurbishment and before all the airlines move back in. The KLM flight is punctual, and the afternoon on-board snack is a cup of tea and two oatmeal biscuits – frugal, […]

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Aromatics Conference BOGOF

It’s time for the Blog to make some early announcements about the stellar line-up for our own Aromatics Conference, and the amazing Buy One Get One Free (BOGOF) deal which still has a month to run.   Headline acts will include   BASF Reliance Shell Trammochem Integra Interchem International e-Chem Wood MacKenzie Nexant M&G   […]

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Wood Mackenzie staff in the money

Wood Mackenzie, the energy consultancy and long-term supporter of the ICIS Aromatics Conference, was sold yesterday for £533 million, in a deal whereby 100 of the company’s staff share a total payout of about £100 million.   The Blog was delighted to hear only this week that Wood Mac’s Matthew Chadwick, managing consultant of its […]

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Danger: Manflu

This made me laugh in the BA “Business Life” magazine (p26) on the flight back from Amsterdam last night.   “Datawatch: Women’s sympathy with husbands and boyfriends who complain of having a cold runs out after five minutes. A fifth say they feel no sympathy at all. Source: Lemsip.”    

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Amsterdam ICIS training seminars – February 2009

The ICIS training seminars are in Amsterdam this week, and since everyone in the petchem industry is expecting this year to be a tough one for attendance on external courses and at conferences, it is very gratifying that both the Beginners’ and Advanced courses are sold out. Attendance figures from all the major industry conferences […]

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