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Aromatics training module

Everyone SO enjoyed the training session on aromatics I did yesterday here in the ICIS London offices, that by popular acclaim I am putting the link to the ICIS aromatics training module here for all to enjoy. Unfortunately, there is not much to see before you pay the $115 (inc VAT) fee.   Click here for […]

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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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Nando Flipse joins Trammochem trading aromatics

Nando Flipse will join traders Trammochem as part of the aromatics trading team as of 1 March 2009, a company spokesman announced on Friday. Flipse, formerly with INEOS in the UK, will be working out of Trammochem’s Altendorf, Switzerland office.

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Nasty and brutish – a broker’s life

This excessively rude film clip gives the flavour of an oil broker’s life, according to my colleague Linda.    (Disclaimer: ICIS would like to make it clear that it does not condone the mean treatment of brokers, regardless of whether they are oil or chemical brokers.)

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Richard Dodgson joins Hess Energy

Richard Dodgson, formerly with Masefield, Innovene and BP, will be setting up a global aromatics trading operation for Hess Energy.   Hess Energy, which hasn’t previously been in the aromatics trading business, will be adding this to their London office, alongside naphtha and gasoline.   Traders who are currently active in aromatics will be hoping that the […]

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“It’s quiet out there… too quiet…”

Peter Salisbury, aromatics editor at ICIS pricing, reflects on what to do in the office when the markets are quiet … A European styrene trader who shall remain unnamed spent November and the first two weeks of December in Argentina, the lucky sod, working from his mobile (full disclosure: I got a couple of weeks […]

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Aromatics Day Two

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 […]

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Aromatics Conference 2008 – I’m virtually there

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 […]

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Fusion – new aromatics broker

It’s all change in the small world of European aromatics brokers. Tom Smit, formerly of Petrochemical Brokerage (PCB), has set up a new chemicals broking firm called Fusion.

Launched on 1 August 2008, the new broking team comprises Smit, plus two brokers in the US and one in Asia, he told Peter Salisbury at ICIS last week. Smit’s departure surprised the market, as he was 18 years with PCB, which he had co-founded with Wim Beuter.

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Jones and Robinson join PDIT aromatics traders

Following on the surprise news last week that Ross Jones, formerly with Nova Chemicals in Fribourg, had joined Adam Popov at aromatics traders PDIT, comes the news that Mark Robinson, currently at Petrochemical Brokerage (PCB), will also be heading for PDIT in September.

Robinson had been broking styrene for Rotterdam-based PCB from Fribourg, Switzerland.

PDIT (Suisse) SA in Geneva is the trading arm of PDIT Group in Europe.

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