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Singapore celebrations at APIC

Our Singapore party-goers, Mahua and John, report back from this week’s APIC conference that the most popular parties were undoubtedly the Braemar Quincannon 10th Anniversary celebration and the ICIS Spanish-themed tapas and sangria party in the glistening courtyard of the former cloistered convent school Chijmes.

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Julia scales the chemical heights

ICIS senior editor Julia Meehan has returned from a climbing trip around one of the great chemical plants of Europe with some spectacular photos. Modeling a fetching range of safety goggles, hard hat, earplugs and steel-toecapped safety shoes, Julia enjoyed a view of three different countries from the top of a cooling tower and then browsed around the storage facilities down below.

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Surreal moments in Shanghai

Nothing can quite match the moment when a keen young reporter respectfully enters my office and hands me a printed copy of her report to critique, written throughout in Chinese characters but with a few numerals dotted throughout the three pages of text. We still manage a good session on the key points of good reporting practice, and I don’t think she finds it weird at all.

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I am a Shanghai commuter

Nothing beats the daily rush-hour commute on the Shanghai metro for getting the real flavour of working life in the metropolis. From the minute you step into the station – by-passing the teams of workers polishing the ground, the railings, the turnstiles – to when you drop your four yuan coins into the ticket machine, click through the ticket barriers and swarm onto the trains along with hundreds of other office workers, the whole experience is efficient, cool, air-conditioned and above all, to a seasoned London commuter, clean. It’s six stops to Songhong Road, at the western end of Line 2.

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More ICIS/Chemease pricing reports on China

Everyone wants to read about China, I tell the 18 Shanghai reporters who are looking to me for guidance on how to write for an international audience. In fact they are already writing for a huge Chinese readership, but now they are going to turn their hand to writing in English about the Chinese domestic chemicals markets which they know so well. Acrylo, oxos and capro are among the new English-language reports ICIS is launching together with its jv partner CBI under the name ICIS/Chemease in May, and that’s why I’m working in our Shanghai office with the editorial team this week.

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Fakery in alumni brochures and chemical websites

Hardly a month passes by without some new fake ICIS website coming to light. Our editors often find their articles, and even my blog postings, turning up on Indian or Dutch websites. When I was in Moscow a few years ago, I was shown a Russian website called www.platts.ru, which was a completely unauthorised version of Platts in the Russian language (it’s been withdrawn now).

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More photos from ICIS suite at NPRA

More photos from the ICIS suite at NPRA.

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New “Divestment Watch” Blog

Curious news today from my colleague Adam Tinworth, head of blog development at ICIS’s parent company RBI (Reed Business Information), who finds that one of our fellow bloggers in this very building has started up a blog on the sole subject of Reed Elsevier’s proposed divestment of RBI: the aptly named “Divestment Watch”.

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There’s no “I” in Team

The chemicals market was on hold for two hours on Monday afternoon as frontline ICIS reporters turned their minds to building constructions from elastic bands, tubes and sticks in the pursuit of grouping and bonding. Screens were dimmed and phones stood silent in the hi-tech ICIS London office, as the editorial team turned themselves into their three new groups, based in a very loose fashion around crude oil, olefins and aromatics.

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