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The Bloggers Blogged

(Tuesday) After the first day of ICIS Training in London, we took the scenic walk down the river from Hammersmith Bridge, past the boathouses and pretty waterside pubs, stopping for dinner at the Dove.   The evening had been billed as a Blogging Summit, since it was fortuitous that the training event had brought together […]

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ICIS Training in London

(Tuesday) Doing ICIS Training in London, although dullsville for the Blog in terms of travel, is obviously hugely popular for chemical folk from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey and the Netherlands. They came by train and by plane, even from the distant parts of the UK.   We had a record number of delegates on Tuesday, […]

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Training is on despite volcanic ash no-fly zone

When I first heard that so many people had signed up for the ICIS Training seminars in London in April that we would have to run two parallel courses, I thought this was just another sign of economic recovery. Coming on top of other incontrovertible signs like the sold-out Olefins Conference, our bumper Amsterdam training […]

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Snow and Fire for London Base Oils

It sounds like the ICIS Base Oils Training in London on Monday got off to a flying start when trainer Amy Claxton‘s luggage went astray on her flight from snowbound Philadelphia. The flight itself had been pretty eventful with a body laid out in the plane during the journey. A further welcome to London was […]

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Amsterdam ICIS Training heralds upturn in petchem travelling

Can business travel be back to pre-recession levels already? The Blog doesn’t want to jump to conclusions, but the turnout for the ICIS Training seminars on Monday and Tuesday this week was the highest for the past year – and this was after a strong attendance at November’s Aromatics Conference and a much higher than […]

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PHOTOS: Amsterdam ICIS Training

Photos from ICIS Training days, Amsterdam, 15 and 16 February 2010. 1 Nigel writing hot ICIS news article on Yara buying Terra, 8.00 Monday morning. 2 and 3 Hard at work in the Monday afternoon workshop sessions. 4 Trainers Peter T and Alastair Hensman conferring before Tuesday morning session. 5 Snow on Tuesday morning, from hotel […]

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Metaphorically speaking

Listening to a colleague making a presentation to a group of non-native English speakers recently, I pondered on how we use metaphors to an extent which must be impenetrable for anyone with a limited grasp of business English.   In a few minutes of his presentation I jotted down: ·                       The gold standard ·                       Off […]

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Baseoils and belly-dancing

The Blog has been enjoying the almond-stuffed dates from Dubai which are the most edible souvenir of last week’s ICIS Middle East Baseoils Conference. Our own Shelley Kerr is just back from presenting a paper at the conference’s Baseoils Methodology Seminar and meeting many of her editorial contacts during the two-and-a-half day event. From her […]

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Petrochemical Training in Amsterdam

The trip to Amsterdam for the ICIS Training seminars is a journey of two halves. Heathrow Terminal 4 is spacious and empty after its recent refurbishment and before all the airlines move back in. The KLM flight is punctual, and the afternoon on-board snack is a cup of tea and two oatmeal biscuits – frugal, […]

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Careers in chemicals

Andy Brice from ICB has a few words to say on his newest campaign and blog …   ICIS Chemical Business is almost a month in to its year-long Education and Recruitment Campaign, and it’s already garnered widespread support from many leading trade associations and chemical producers.   It’s no secret that the industry is […]

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