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Gorbachev at NPRA Luncheon

Mikhail Gorbachev’s speech to the NPRA Luncheon on Tuesday, in the Ballroom of the main conference hotel, the new Grand Hyatt, was attended by around 600 delegates.   I wasn’t there myself but I was leaving for the airport just as everyone was piling in to the hotel for the 11 am start to the lunch […]

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Top NPRA parties 2009

Who in the real world gets invited to five parties in one evening? Even in these hard times, most of the regular NPRA parties were still on, even if some of them were a bit sparsely attended and doorkeepers were rather less strict about keeping uninvited guests out. Of course, everyone lamented the absence of […]

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The ICIS suite at NPRA 2009, San Antonio, Texas

Photos of the ICIS suite in the Marriott Riverwalk (MRW) Hotel at NPRA on Sunday, 29 March 2009.

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NPRA 2009: Photos of the Rivercenter lobby

Thanks to Chris for taking a few photos of the Marriott Rivercenter (MRC) lobby on Sunday afternoon, the first day of NPRA. The conference has shifted its focus to the new Hyatt Grand this year, so there’s a lot more space in the MRC lobby, where last year it was standing room only.

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On-line conferencing – you can’t beat the real thing

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–When times are hard and travel budgets are cut, conferences struggle to get the delegates. So consultant Dewitts moved its pre-NPRA Houston conference online, and our own Peter Taffe switched his booking from “the top boutique hotel in the US” to listening to the conference papers online.   What was it like, […]

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The road to San Antonio

While the Blog took the simple flight-only route from Europe to NPRA, others took the more scenic Texas road trip, driving from Houston to San Antonio and taking in a few culinary and shopping diversions on the way.   The ICIS news guys from Europe piled into a rental car and drove the back roads […]

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The bars of San Antonio

        The ICIS technical crew has been building all day Saturday – they are the advance guard moving into a city ahead of a petchem conference and turning an unpromising empty room into a wonderland of ICIS technology.   They know the petchem cities of the world like the backs of their […]

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Customer Satisfaction Survey

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–After the Houston flight has taken off, a courteous and deferential flight attendant makes the mistake of choosing me to fill in the randomly distributed BA customer satisfaction questionnaire. Yes me, with my already well-formed opinions of BA terminals, customer service, queuing, cabin temperature and food, and then hours of flight ahead […]

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Bulldog in the Texas bluebonnets

A lot of delegates on the NPRA list already have their out-of-office messages on, saying they’re out of reach on the way to San Antonio via the delights of Houston. The weather forecast covers everything from “isolated thunderstorms” on Friday, to “sunny” and “partly cloudy” on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, then back to “isolated thunderstorms” for Tuesday. […]

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NPRA IPC – advance delegate registrations hit 2200

There’s just two weeks to go until the NPRA IPC conference, and the organisers have sent out the advance registration list showing 2,200 delegates had registered by 9 March 2009.   The annual International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) – “the world’s largest and most prestigious conference representing the […]

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