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MOVES: David Hughes to SABIC Aromatics, Chlor-Alkali

David Hughes has been appointed SABIC’s general manager for Aromatics and Chlor-Alkali, based in Riyadh, the Blog hears on 3 August 2011 from fellow blogger Paul Hodges.   Hughes, formerly general manager for SABIC’s Oxygenates Business Unit, will be replaced in this role by Ahmed al Umar, currently SABIC’s regional head for Asia based in […]

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SABIC Vuvuzelas

The FIFA World Cup, the London 2012 Olympics and any big sporting event adding to the gaiety of nations can be boom-time for plastics and petrochemicals, the Blog is cheered to hear. Even the Vuvuzela craze has been an unexpected success story. SABIC has kindly sent this celebratory picture of HDPE vuvuzelas branded with the […]

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Abdulrahman Al Seriea joins Integra

Abdulrahman Al Seriea has joined Integra’s trading team in charge of petrochemicals in the Middle East, the company announced by email on Wednesday.   He started working from the company’s newly established base in Riyadh on 25 April 2010. He previously worked for 20 years for SABIC in Riyadh, with various positions in aromatics and […]

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New starts for petchem folk

I picked up a few new business cards at EPCA from old friends moving jobs.   Barry Hurley, formerly of BP and INEOS, has now set up a consultancy Barry Hurley Associates.   Joe Duffy, previously with Huntsman and SABIC, has joined DeWitt as Vice President, Ethylene, Propylene and Derivatives, EAME, based in the UK, […]

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Football and chemical freebies

I’m sitting in a football stadium on a mild and sunny Saturday afternoon in this cool damp English summer, watching our team in what is only its third game this season as all the expensive new players fail to score a single goal. Watching football in warm weather is a pleasantly new experience for me. It’s normally an outing I associate with freezing winds and driving rain, standing muffled in coat, hat and gloves with a thick scarf wrapped around my face. This is where my treasured Lyondell Equistar black and silver thermos flask of hot coffee comes into its own. When it comes to chemical freebies, it’s the thought that counts.

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Chemicals retirements – they’re not what they used to be

To Holland Park today for a delightful business lunch with an industry friend who is in the process of retiring from the biz at the age of 60. Like so many retiring eminent statesmen before him, my pal has already had a grand farewell bash, at the Adlon Kempinski in Berlin at last year’s EPCA, but is now doing a stately tour of old friends and good restaurants.

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Summer outings showcase chemical hats

This is the hat I shall be wearing to the Royal Garden Party tomorrow. If you see me there, be sure to greet me with the secret petrochemical industry salute of friendship. The golden hat has already had one outing, at the famous Peter Demitriadi Henley Regatta party, where it mixed happily with other splendid hats from the ladies of Shell and SABIC.


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Chemical tulips gladden the heart

I arrived home on this sunny evening to find these rich purple tulips suddenly in full bloom. A few years ago, chemical giant SABIC sent out a box of Dutch tulip and amaryllis bulbs to all of its customers and friends to celebrate the purchase of the Dutch company DSM Petrochemicals in 2002, and now the tulips come out every spring as a cheerful reminder of the company’s largesse.

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Perfect Chemical Presents No 1 – the Borat Swimsuit

Are you racking your brain for what to buy that special chemical person in your life for a birthday, retirement or seasonal present? Look no further – the ICIS Fashion Editor is back to help with those difficult choices once again. I once bought a paint-your-own-cow kit (remember Cow Parade?) from the firebox.com website, and […]

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