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Black Swans and Benzene

ICIS aromatics editor Peter Salisbury warns us to expect the unexpected … Earlier this year I gave a presentation at the ICIS Phenol and Acetone Conference in Budapest. Reception to the paper was frankly mixed, as it tried to link a relatively obscure philosopher/quantative analyst with benzene forecasting. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say. […]

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Asian Aromatics – Peter’s “Letter from Bangkok”

Peter Salisbury in Bangkok on the trail of Asian aromatics sends his “Letter from Bangkok”… Call me cliched, but Thailand is a great place to hold a conference on the petrochemical industry in Asia. A fantastic mix of the ultra-modern and the ancient, Land Cruisers glide past tuk-tuk taxis, and a multitude of street vendors sell delicious snacks outside gigantic shopping complexes spilling over to the brim with the latest in consumer electronics. We are in Bangkok for the 4th Asian Aromatics and Derivatives conference, chaired by old ICIS friends, International Echem’s John and Paul, with the former enthusiastically taking to cultural integration on our first night, joining in with some Thai dancers (by invitation, I hasten to add) at dinner.

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Trading places

I hear today that senior trader Jeroen Baaima has left Interchem to set up a European chemical desk at Vitol in London, which will be handling benzene, toluene, xylenes and pygas. He starts on 1 August and is on leave until then.

Also trading places, is styrene and solvents trader Roy Denneman who has left Vinmar in the Netherlands. No news yet on where he is headed.

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Full blast cabaret at CIA Dinner

News reaches ICIS-Chemicals-Confidential that some chemical folk found Thursday night’s Chemical Industries Association (CIA) Dinner at the Grosvenor House in London a bit of a disappointment. Instead of the usual late-night milling around the 100+ tables after the dinner and speeches, catching up with old pals and finishing off all the wine, I hear that […]

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Aromatics Conference – Pedro’s Pale Blue Dot Video

For delegates who enjoyed Pedro Spohr’s vision of the position of petrochemicals in the wider world of crude oil, and particularly the film he showed of Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”, click here for another chance to view it. The picture shows the Earth from 4 billion miles away – it was taken by Voyager […]

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Aromatics ’07 – the Aftermath

As we sip our coffees and beers in the curiously musty cafe at Antwerp airport, the Aromatics Conference team reflects that this was a great success. The speakers were exceptionally good and we had a late surge of delegates turning up, pushing our total number to around 100 on the day. For myself, I am […]

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The Blog Wins Prizes

ICIS-Chemicals-Confidential has been in existence for JUST TWO WEEKS and has already been showered with glittering prizes. At the Charity Blogathon on Monday 24 September, I won Best Virgin Blogger – rapidly changed to Best Novice Blogger for obvious reasons. And today I was very happy to accept the award of Blogger of the Day […]

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EPCA – the dance is over

EPCA 2007 has come to an end. The dance is over. Dustballs blow through the deserted lobby of the Berlin Interconti, and the Blog has returned home to catch up on sleep and compare notes. How was it for you? Do you have any idea who all those business cards were from? Are you facing […]

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Headline acts announced for Antwerp Aromatics Conference

Every year for the past six years, I say I’ve had enough of organising this annual conference . I don’t want any more of the rollercoaster of elation and disappointment when speakers express interest but months later change their minds, when they realise that writing a conference paper actually takes time and they’ve left it […]

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