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PHOTOS: World Base Oils 2012

The Blogtook a few hazy photos of the conference speakers at World Base Oils onThursday and Friday, none of them really up to publication standard, butluckily our own John Baker had hired a professional photographer to capture theevent for the official conference digital review, which comes out on Wednesday.Here he has kindly let the Blog […]

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Sponsor’s video – General Petroleum

Corporate videos are getting very polished and we are quite used to seeing sponsors’ videos at industry conferences. Bright colours, fast cutting between scenes, pulsing rock music – these are all pretty standard, but some businesses clearly have more video-friendly products to sell than others.  The world of lubes allows for shots of high-powered vehicles […]

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ICIS World Base Oils Conference 2012 – a new record

The ICIS World Base Oils Conference (23-24 February 2012) broke all records again, with 607 delegates from 55 countries. The new venue, at London’s Hilton Metropole, was enormous, with the conference hall the size of football pitch and the networking coffee area the same size again on the floor below.  The last time the Blog […]

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ICIS Base Oils 2012 supplement

This year’s ICIS Base Oils & Lubricants event in Londonon 23-24 February is set to be the biggest yet with over 600 delegates. For thethird year running ICIS has produced a special Base Oils publication fordelegates and circulation to all ICIS Chemical Business and base oil price report readers, with featurearticles from the ICIS base oils editors […]

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Adrian Brown speaking at ICIS Base Oils conference

Myold friend Adrian Brown, former ICIS senior editor on shipping and base oils,will be speaking at the ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants conference inLondon in February. Brown,now senior research analyst at shipbrokers Simpson, Spence & Young (SSY),will be giving a joint presentation with chemical shipbroker Jordi Maymi on thelatest developments and challenges in the […]

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A day of petchems, fine food and music

It was a pretty good day yesterday. First there was a morning meeting with an aromatics major player with Truong followed by a pleasant lunch on the South Bank. Then over to the massive Base Oils Conference in Lancaster Gate, followed by an early dinner at the Saatchi Gallery and in the evening a Paul […]

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PHOTOS: ICIS World Base Oils Conference 2011

The ICIS World Base Oils Conference in London is in full swing on Thursday afternoon. I slip in after the lunch break to catch the Lukoil and Orlen papers.   Setting aside the content (see covering article on ICIS news) the Lukoil paper is the last word in fancy presentation: there’s a video clip of […]

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Biggest ever ICIS World Base Oils Conference

The 15th ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Conference opening in London this morning has broken all records for base oils conferences and ICIS conferences in general.   More than 540 people have signed up, so the registration desks at the Lancaster Gate Hotel are going to be a huge operation – more hectic than […]

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World’s highest restaurant opens in Dubai

Hey James, when you’re in Dubai for the ICIS Middle East Baseoils Conference in October, be sure to stop off for a coffee at the world’s highest restaurant, which opened today on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa tower.   The restaurant is part of “At.mosphere,” the latest record-breaker from the Emirate.

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The dread of public speaking – Top 10 Tips

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–Public speaking is often rated as one of life’s most stressful events, right up there with divorce, bereavement and moving house.   It’s easy to say that training and practice make it less of an ordeal, but it’s often the case that the boldest of people are reduced to terrified wrecks by […]

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