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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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Top 100 Chemical Distributors 2011

The ICIS global ranking of chemical distributors shows the leaders as Brenntag, Univar, Helm and Nexeo. This week’s ICIS Chemical Business is a special issue with the Top 100 distributors listed by 2010 sales. Plus for the first time, the leaders shown by geographic regions in separate tables.   Click here for the Top 100 […]

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MOVES: Jim McLiverty joins Statoil

James (Jim) McLiverty, former propylene trader with ConocoPhillips in the US, has joined Statoil, his industry contacts informed the Blog this week.   McLiverty is in the natural gas liquids (NGL) team in his new role, which he started a couple of months ago, they said.

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MOVES: David Cartwright joins Kolmar

David Cartwright will start a new position with global trading company Zug-based Kolmar on Monday 4 July he told Nel today.   David, previously the Butadiene/C4s man at INEOS, will be overseeing Kolmar’s global olefins activities.  

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MOVES: Dirk van der Burg joins HML

Dirk van der Burg, formerly with Koch and Chemium, has joined trader and distributor Hazel Mercantile, he told the Blog at EPL yesterday.   He will be working with the ebullient Roosmarijn Vandeputte, trading pygas and aromatics amongst other petchems.   Van der Burg had previously been with Intermarc and, briefly, Fortrec, he added.

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Marc Rich – The Movie

Crime and punishment do not go together in the case of former fugitive billionaire oil trader Marc Rich. Pardoned by President Bill Clinton for crimes of tax evasion and illegal oil trading with Iran, he is now living out an old age of luxury and philanthropy in Switzerland.   He was once a resident of […]

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MOVES: Marc Van Nievelt joins Koppers

Marc Van Nievelt will be joining the sales force at distributor Koppers in the Netherlands on 24 May 2011, selling carbon black and other related products, he told Caroline today. Marc, formerly at distributor Bax Chemicals for 10 years, was actively trading for the last six. His successor at Bax has yet to be announced. In the […]

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MOVES: Traders join Petrochemical East

A new name in the petchem trading world is Petrochemical East, which traders say has recently started up with some former traders from Summit. A new company website will be ready in a couple of weeks, a company source messaged us today.

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MOVES: Secret News

Two towering figures in the European olefins biz are set to change jobs imminently, the Blog overhears across the office on Tuesday.   Unusually, they both want to keep their moves secret until their feet are under their new respective desks, although not so secret that they didn’t want to share their news with prominent […]

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TRADER MOVES: Anneke Duijverman joins Joss

Anneke Duijverman, formerly of Vinmar and Bax, has joined traders Joss in Alkmaar, Netherlands, she emailed to ICIS on 18 March 2011.   She started there on 15 March, managing the Chemicals & Distribution Division, she said.

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