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TRADER MOVES: Philip Cho joins AOT

Philip Cho has joined Astra Oil Trading (AOT) to trade aromatics in Asia, the company informed the Blog last week.   Cho, formerly business manager Asia styrene monomer at Total Petrochemicals Hong Kong, started with AOT on 19 September 2011.   He joins Martin Riepl and Clay Walker, both ex-Summit, in AOT’s chemicals trading team.

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APIC 2010 starry speaker line-up

Mr. Mukesh D. Ambani Mr. Bijoy Chatterjee Dr. Jagdish Sheth Prof. Dipak Jain Chairman & Managing Director Reliance Industries Limited Secretary (Chemicals & Petrochemicals)Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilisers, Govt. of India Charles H. Kellstadt Chair of Marketing Goizueta Business School,Emory University, USA Sandy & Morton Goldman Prof. of Entrepreneurial Studies & Prof. of Marketing Kellogg […]

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Fertilizer conference in Nick Leeson bolthole

My colleague Steve Mitchell attended the IFA Crossroads Asia-Pacific Conference 2009 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, on 8-10 December. He tells me that about 250 delegates attended, mostly from southeast Asia, but the hotel was not easy to get to, which is why Nick Leeson chose it as his bolthole when he had just bankrupted Barings. 

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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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Asian Baseoils in Kuala Lumpur

Shelley Kerr, our European baseoils senior editor sends her thoughts from the conference in Kuala Lumpur … Base oil industry participants met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week (she writes) to discuss the issues currently facing the market at the 2nd ICIS Asian Base Oils and Lubricants conference. The Asian focus of the event was indicative of recent shifts in the market, where Asia has not only become the driving force behind growth in the base oils market, but is also swiftly becoming a major producing region. While the busy agenda and pre-conference training kept delegates busy during the day, the delightful Mandarin Oriental and next door KLCC had plenty to offer in terms of entertainment and networking opportunities.

Meanwhile, after two nights in the shadow of the Petronas towers, European base oils editor Shelley Kerr snuck off to KL’s Bangsar suburb to sample some local culinary delights before dancing the night away at Velvet with some high stamina base oil traders.

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