Tag Archives: Tms 2012

TMS – next stop San Antonio

TMS is over for another year.   By Thursday morning, the lobby of the Dolphin hotel was almost empty.   Even the queue for coffee from the small coffee shop was much shorter. This year’s TMS could be characterised as “Benign”.   Not that there weren’t some clenched teeth and clashes of opinion, because there Continue Reading

TMS Live Blog – meetings, meetings, meetings

Oscar and Tony from Goa Petcoke Consultancy with Paul

It is now Wednesday morning, and we are now 3/4 of the way through our meeting schedule.   Like many groups here, we have a very full schedule – we have completed 35 meetings and still have 15 to go, with the final meeting scheduled for just before we leave for the airport. It can Continue Reading

TMS Live Blog – BP and Icebar


Monday evening at TMS is always the BP cocktail party.   This year they took us to Orlando’s Icebar, which they had booked out and loaded up with free food and drink. The ice bar itself is a freezer room, containing furniture carved from blocks of ice.   It was also decorated with ice-carved dolphins Continue Reading

TMS Live Blog – Jacobs Reception Sunday night


TMS isn’t TMS without the Sunday evening reception, hosted by Jacobs Consultancy.   This year, somewhere around 650 people came along to renew acquaintances or make new ones. Charissa and I did both at the same time – for me it was a chance to say G’day to old friends, while for Charissa, who was Continue Reading

TMS Live Blog – the curse of summer time

As with TMS in New Orleans a few years ago, this year the convention is being held over the weekend that the USA changes to Summer Time.   Clocks were meant to be put forward an hour last night.    At the Aussie Dinner last night, several people was lamenting not being able to party Continue Reading

TMS Live Blog – China Aluminium Briefing

We have had several people ask us, “How come you didn’t have a China Aluminium Briefing again this year?” The China Aluminium Briefing was a mini-conference that we first put on in San Diego last year.   Although it was quite successful, we elected not to hold one this year because we didn’t want to Continue Reading

TMS Live blog – Comings and goings

Chris Barnes already at work, waiting for next appointment

One of the first things about an annual event is that you find out that certain people have changed jobs since last TMS. Today we learned that: * Jean-Francois Faure has recently been appointed to head up Carbone Savoie, the France-based cathodes company owned by RTA. * Peter Rees has joined Pacific Aluminium, looking after Continue Reading

TMS here we come

The first thing that you notice when you arrive at Orlando airport (especially from Beijing) is how warm it is here.   A wonderful 27, partly cloudy, but with air that not only has no pollution but has almost a floral nose. Our flight contained several others from Beijing, including a delegation from Sinopec.   Continue Reading

TMS – the circus is on again

We are now just over a month away from the annual TMS event.   This year it will be held at the Disney complex in Orlando Florida.   I hope the technical people who sit in the conference rooms listening to papers find this choice of venue to be better than we commercial people do. Continue Reading