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US Ambassador to speak at March EPL

The US Ambassador to Belgium, His Excellency Howard Gutman, will be the guest after-dinner speaker at the EPL dinner in March.   The event will take place at the Hilton Hotel (now The Hotel) in Brussels, on Thursday, 3 March 2011.   The theme of his speech will be: “If Barack Obama Were a Country, […]

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Hilton Brussels sold to Pandox, renamed “The Hotel”

The Hilton Brussels, long-time home of the European Petrochemical Luncheon (EPL), has been sold to the Swedish hotel group Pandox, and is now “The Hotel,” according to an article in the Dutch press spotted by Blog reader Lode.   EPL-goers, who have been complaining about the Hilton Brussels for many years, will be relieved to […]

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Musical EPL ends the year on high note

The mood was upbeat at last week’s EPL in Brussels, I hear from our returning travellers. The aromatics guys were expecting a good first quarter, and the olefins contingent was pleased that this year had been better than expected, but wary about expectations to improve margins next year.   The guest performer Rick Wakeman put […]

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Swine interim move to Total Petrochemicals commercial manager styrene

Alexis Swine will take over as commercial manager styrene Europe at Total Petrochemicals, covering for the maternity leave of Audrey Wattiez from 13 September, the company announced in an email to business partners on 10 September.   Swine, formerly business intelligence manager within the Total styrenics team, will take over the Brussels-based role during Audrey […]

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Petchem Bikers on the Road from Rotterdam

More petchem cycling news reaches the Blog this morning. Steve Lyons of LyondellBasell and Jim Thompson of Third Coast Chemicals took inspiration from the Tour de France starting in Rotterdam, and decided to ride the first stage on the day after the Tour riders had completed it. The first stage, Rotterdam to Brussels – which […]

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Olefins Conference crowd control

I’m in Brussels for the ICIS Olefins Conference yesterday and the EPL today. With the conference sold out two weeks in advance, the place was heaving with people. We had standing room only in the conference room, and almost every seat taken at the lunch yesterday. Afterwards there were lots of compliments for the quality […]

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ICIS Olefins Conference – now SOLD OUT

The ICIS Olefins Conference to be held at the Brussels Hilton on 3 March is now sold out, I hear from Nel on Friday. She emails me as I am coming out of the morning sessions at the World Base Oils Conference, which has also been a huge success, with a record attendance. As I […]

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EPL Brussels – the gloom lifts

Thursday’s EPL (European Petrochemical Luncheon) meeting in Brussels brought out some mixed views about the outlook for petchems in 2010. For every mention of an upturn, there was a gloomier counterpart. Either way, the December meeting turnout was healthy, with 126 names on the delegate list, which is rather more than at the other 2009 […]

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“Men in Coats” for EPL

“Men in Coats” will be the after-dinner act at the December EPL Xmas dinner in Brussels, an email to members announced today. Remembering previous December EPLs, the Blog’s advice is: 1 Don’t sit near the front. 2 Don’t volunteer to be hypnotised. 3 Don’t offer up your wedding ring for vanishing tricks.

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Integra recruits two Brussels traders

Philippe Geominne has joined trading house Integra to trade liquids at its offices in Brussels, Belgium, the company’s executive director Gine Fyffe said on Monday.   Geominne was previously a trader at Helm Benelux.   Meanwhile, John Clement, formerly of INEOS Olefins & Polyolefins, would be trading propylene for Integra from August.   By: Nel […]

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