Tag Archives | EPCA 2010


PHOTOS: Vopak “In the Navy” party at EPCA

Vopak’s late-night party on the Monday at EPCA on a boat sailing down the Danube was one of the social highlights of the conference, according to all the usual suspects.   It was with trepidation that the Blog clicked through on the link to the party photos, which Vopak emailed round to its guests today. […]

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PHOTOS: EPCA 2010 in Budapest

From the lobbies of the Budapest Marriott and Interconti hotels, to the official suites, the Opening Reception at the National Gallery high on Gellert hill above the city, and the EPCA Luncheon, the EPCA photographers have captured the event. In an email to delegates on 26 October, the EPCA has sent round the link to […]

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How to lose that post-EPCA weight, by Caroline Murray

Caroline Murray, senior editor at ICIS, has returned from the GSI PET Day in Florence with this tale to tell …   I know when I have had a good networking session at EPCA when I am forced to add ‘hold belly in for donning of suit’ to the to-do list. As if ‘maintain appearance […]

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How to interview a Global VP

Hats off to my colleague Paul Ray who hijacked an ICIS news interview with Shell’s global vice president of base chemicals, Graham van’t Hoff to flog him an ICIS Margin Report.   I overheard his sales pitch while I was finishing up in the ICIS suite at EPCA on Tuesday afternoon before heading off to […]

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“Pearl of the Danube” – Beauty Contest in Budapest

The ICIS team in Budapest for EPCA were astonished to walk into the middle of the “Pearl of the Danube” beauty pageant in the lobby of their conference hotel on Sunday night.   Will Beacham, deputy editor of ICB, took some amazing photos at the President Hotel of the pageant, which had originally been mistaken […]

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PHOTOS: ICIS suite at EPCA Budapest

The ICIS suite in the Marriott hotel at EPCA Budapest, small but perfectly formed, with a spectacular view over the Danube and up the hill to the architectural wonders of Buda, was heaving with people on Monday morning. Vicky took a few photos …

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Early morning meetings at EPCA

There is a power play in these ridiculously early meetings at conferences.   First, no-one WANTS to do a meeting at 07.30.  The important party to the meeting (and the re is always the important player and the less important player) is fully booked so can only offer the B-list company this last slot. The […]

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Trader Martin Riepl departs Summit

I hear at the Mitsubishi party at EPCA on Saturday night that aromatics trader Martin Riepl has left Linz-based traders Summit, and that he is now on gardening leave.   Another trader tells me that if Riepl is going to another trader, it has been a well kept secret, because no names have leaked out. […]

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Boy George in Budapest

Singer Boy George was checking in to the Hilton on the Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest on Friday evening, as we passed through the lobby on our pre-EPCA stroll round the city.   The celebrity was clearly ready to turn in for the evening, but patiently signed autographs for a group of waiting fans before being […]

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Budapest EPCA – a culinary journey

It is third time lucky for me in Budapest. The first time, I came as a student on the train from Vienna into Iron Curtain Hungary. The second time it was as a young parent with small children, again on the train from Vienna after an EPCA there. Family photos show the children climbing on […]

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