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Stop Oil Speculation

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–Picking up the March issue of Continental Airlines in-flight magazine on the flight from Houston on Friday, I read a column entitled “Stop Oil Speculation” written by the Air Transport Association.   The association is complaining that despite low oil demand and huge over-supply, prices are continuing to rise due to “the […]

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Lights, Camera, Plastic

HOUSTON (Chemicals Confidential)–Doing a spot of late night shopping last night on arriving in Houston, I was struck by this pro-petchem billboard campaign at Old Navy (the value arm of Gap): Lights, Camera, Plastic.   You stand next to some plastic mannequins in the store, “Pose With The Plastic Pros”, get a friend to take […]

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Pappie returns to Shell Chemicals

HOUSTON (Chemicals Confidential)–David Pappie has returned to Shell Chemicals, this time as General Manager Commercial Excellence, after a five year stint as VP Recruitment for Shell, the Blog hears from a passing stranger in the arrivals hall of Houston’s IAH airport on Wednesday afternoon.   Before his break in HR, Pappie was a well-known fixture […]

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Managing expectations British Airways style

HOUSTON (Chemicals Confidential)–How to keep a business traveller happy? First leave us guessing up until the very last minute whether our BA flights to Houston for NPRA will be cancelled on account of the strike. Then just as despair is beginning to set in, confirm the outbound flight but not the return. Wait until the […]

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BA strike fears sweep UK petchem folk

The planned British Airways strike at the end of March is galvanising UK petchem folk into booking up alternative flights to and from NPRA. With the strike set for 20-22 March and 27-30 March (inclusive), it couldn’t be worse timing for conference-goers planning to get from London Heathrow to Houston on their way to NPRA’s IPC […]

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Houston location for Jeff Bridges movie Crazy Heart

Jeff Bridges’ film “Crazy Heart”, the story of the redemption of an alcoholic country singer, showcases the landscape of Texas and petchem capital Houston, and won Bridges an Oscar for Best Actor.   For fans of the NPRA road trip from Houston to San Antonio, there are plenty of picturesque shots of wide open spaces, […]

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VIDEO: US ethanol leader blames crude oil imports for war

While I was freezing in the snows of Amsterdam, our Houston ethanol team was enjoying the sunshine in Orlando, Florida, and sending back some spectacular video footage of the passions unleashed by the renewable fuels debate.   A customised email alert from ICIS news came through on my blackberry on the way home from Amsterdam […]

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VIDEO: APLA in Mexico City, November 2009

Stephen Burns at ICIS Houston has got round to pulling some APLA 2009 scenes of Mexico City together. I particularly enjoyed the homemade stretch VW Bug, and the street scenes took me back to a distant IFA fertilizer conference in Mexico City, the memories of which are now a blur of huevos rancheros, smog and silver and turquoise […]

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Jay Cho leaves Interchem Singapore

I’ve just heard from trader Jay Cho that he is leaving Interchem, after five years of service in Houston and Singapore. I am sure we will hear soon where he will resurface.   My best memories of Jay were from the golf days he organised at a chateau near Paris when he was with Samsung. […]

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Snow in Houston

Amazing news – it’s snowing in Houston.   “Something must have exploded somewhere,” said a confused Houston editor. “It doesn’t snow here.”   (photo: Landon Feller, ICIS Houston, Friday 4 December – view from the ICIS office window.)   More snow photos from the Houston Chronicle. 

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