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Bouncers at conferences

At last week’s Base Oils conference, we had bouncers on the door. They were real heavy duty bouncers to stop gatecrashers from getting in to the conference, or even in to the coffee area to network with the delegates. Now that’s the mark of a successful conference, when you can afford to turn people away.

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Record numbers for Base Oils Conference

The 14th World Base Oils and Lubricants Conference which ended today had a big wow factor with a record 410 attendance – making it by far the biggest ICIS conference ever. Despite papers on the catastrophic year which the industry had in 2009, and the apparently imminent demise of the European industry, there were some […]

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Snow and Fire for London Base Oils

It sounds like the ICIS Base Oils Training in London on Monday got off to a flying start when trainer Amy Claxton‘s luggage went astray on her flight from snowbound Philadelphia. The flight itself had been pretty eventful with a body laid out in the plane during the journey. A further welcome to London was […]

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Baseoils and belly-dancing

The Blog has been enjoying the almond-stuffed dates from Dubai which are the most edible souvenir of last week’s ICIS Middle East Baseoils Conference. Our own Shelley Kerr is just back from presenting a paper at the conference’s Baseoils Methodology Seminar and meeting many of her editorial contacts during the two-and-a-half day event. From her […]

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No more Free Stuff

I am reading with alarm that the days of Free Stuff are over, in this piece by our own correspondent, Doris de Guzman in New York.   Surely not! Only last week I picked up this delightful tiny 4 GB USB memory stick (only 2.5cm long) from sponsors Gazprom at the ICIS World Baseoils conference.  […]

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The biggest ICIS conference of all – Baseoils & Lubricants

    Despite all the doom and gloom in the industry, the ICIS World Baseoils Conference in London last week pulled in hundreds of delegates for our biggest and most global conference of all – with speakers and participants from Asia, Europe and the US, all enjoying the weak pound and some fantastic hotel room […]

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Oil and chemicals background for new Reed Elsevier CEO Smith

The new boss of Reed Elsevier and hence ICIS has an industry background which includes “the oil, consultancy, healthcare and construction sectors,” according to this profile of Ian Smith in today’s Financial Times. “Mr Smith started his career at Shell,” the article continues, heralding his arrival as chief executive in March.   Reading this on […]

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Texan glamour at the ICIS Intro to Baseoils training seminar

I’ve just popped in to the ICIS training “Introduction to Baseoils” seminar at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, where tomorrow’s World Baseoils conference is going to be held. You can tell it’s IP Week, because there are oil company names on all the hotel suites listed on the screens in the lobby.   Baseoils […]

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Dubai training seminars

The ICIS conference and training team is back from Dubai after running a Baseoils conference, two training seminars and a joint ICIS/Nexant Middle East Petrochems conference, leaving the city seriously depleted of earrings, pashminas and fake handbags. I hear that everything went smoothly and with a very good turnout at the conferences.   Our event manager […]

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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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