HOUSTON (Chemicals Confidential)–It’s early days but the famed ICIS European Aromatics Conference for 2010 has just signed up its first speaker and first sponsor. My conference co-planner Paul Hodges emails me with the details of the sponsor he has tied up as I am getting off the plane in Houston. I was just telling […]
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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 […]
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.
It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there in the world of chemical blogging. Over dinner at the Aromatics Conference in Amsterdam last week, my friend John Keeley of International e-Chem told me that he had been approached by a rival chemical publication to write a blog for its own website. John, who is enjoying […]
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.
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 […]
I’m off to Amsterdam today for the Aromatics Conference. Why Amsterdam again? Because even in boom business times, and these are not they, conference-going chemical types like to look as if they’re on a business trip, and not as if they’re off to the beach. If we set a conference in the Bahamas or Phuket, […]
It’s always good to be proved right. It has been brought to my attention that one of the speakers at our European Aromatics Conference in Cologne in November 2008 made some fairly accurate predictions in his presentation: 1) a prediction of 40 – 53 $/bbl range for WTI Crude2) the banking situation could only […]
Everyone’s homeward bound from Cologne after the two-day Aromatics Conference, and it sounds like it went well. It started with doom and gloom about the recession, and then delegates heard the breaking news overnight and this morning about the terrible attacks in Mumbai, so there was plenty to distract them, but all the conference sessions were […]
There’s only one thing worse than going to an ICIS Aromatics Conference. And that’s NOT going to an ICIS Aromatics Conference. I’m already bored with not going to things. So from next week, I’m going to be out and about at anything I can lay my hands on, starting with the ICIS Training AGM, about […]