Tag Archives | Rotterdam

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PHOTOS: More chemical plants

A picture is worth a hundred words and it is good to enliven PowerPoint presentations with photos of chemical plants we have visited.   This week two of the Blog’s colleagues have been on an editorial visit to the chemical heartland of the Amsterdam Rotterdam Antwerp (ARA) region, and one new reporter has come back with 100 […]

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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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John Mitchell joins Avestra

John Mitchell, formerly of LyondellBasell, has joined traders Avestra Chemical Suisse SA from 1 July 2010, the company announced on Friday. Mitchell will be trading aromatics in the Swiss office in Lausanne. He previously was product manager with responsibility for styrene and benzene at LyondellBasell in Rotterdam.

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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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Fabulous chemical plant photos

  Artistic photos of chemical plant are hidden away in this corner of the ICIS Connect forum, where photographers have uploaded some of their most spectacular shots.   The Blog has followed the trail which leads to group of 37 member photographers on Flickr with a collection of 96 dramatic and stylish photos of chemical plant, taken […]

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Rotterdam is full

Rotterdam‘s chemical storage tanks were already full at the beginning of the year, a Vopak executive told me at the ICIS Baseoils conference in February, and now Europe‘s largest port is running out of space to store crude oil.   Plunging demand for fuel is triggering a growing global supply glut, and Rotterdam‘s storage capacity […]

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Art galleries and chemical plants No.1 – Amsterdam

For great art within a short distance of chemical plants, it’s hard to beat Amsterdam. Just a few kilometres from the chemical hubs of Rotterdam, Sittard and Antwerp, you can see:       (Photos from the Rijksmuseum website.)  

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Diary of a flight to Amsterdam Schipol

My friend Robert tells me that last Tuesday when most Londoners stayed home in the snow, the first person to arrive in his central London office for a meeting was a guy who’d come in from Paris by Eurostar. Ha ha, we guffaw, it’s easier to commute from Paris to London than from the suburbs […]

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Fabulous food at ICIS Brussels training seminar

The best thing about this week’s ICIS training seminars in Brussels in the EPCA offices, better even than all the train travel, is undoubtedly the food. It is fantastic. Catered by a local restaurant in the Montgomery suburb of Brussels, it is a sumptuous buffet. There’s lumpfish roe mock-caviar, salmon, rare beef, bottles of wine – all thrown in for less than the regular price of a hotel conference lunch. I’m glad my pricing paper on this first day is on just before lunch and I can relax and enjoy it.

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Trains for Training

The ICIS Training roadshow has spent the week out and about on the trains of Belgium and the Netherlands.

After two courses in Brussels and one in Rotterdam, Nigel, Peter and I are veterans of the speedy Brussels metro, the over-heated, crowded Thalys inter-city train from Brussels to Rotterdam, the early morning commuter metro from central Rotterdam out to Pernis, and finally the empty inter-city Hi-speed train to Schipol airport.

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