Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog

Spring Festival, widely known as Chinese New Year in the west, is the most important traditional festival and a public holiday in China.
The Spring Festival 2018 starts 16th January. It is the Year of the dog and will be celebrated with various cultural activities arranged. Firework shows, dragon dancing and lion dancing are the most common activities.
The 4715th Chinese year. According to the Chinese horoscope calendar, 2018 is the Male Earth Dog year. Brown is connected to the earth. Therefore, 2018 is also called the year of the Brown Dog.

Our best wishes for a prosperous and successful Chinese New Year.
Petrex Teams in Kempen and Shanghai, Wuff!

A break in Shanghai

A break in Shanghai

Saturday morning. A recreation day from business. I am walking from my hotel near Shanghai railway station to East Nanjing road and discover a new highlight:

The Jing’An Sculpture Park

A family-friendly park located in north Jing’An. This 30,000 sq. meter park at the corner of Beijing Xilu and Chengdu Lu boasts sculptures and statues from over 61 cities. Visitors are allowed to walk on the grass, which is fairly rare for Shanghai. In the center of the park lies the newly opened Shanghai Natural History Museum. Pay 30 RMB to get in, it is a worth visit, outfitted with both living and dead animals. Open daily: 6.00 – 20.30.

Klaus Weiand CEO Petrex GmbH

The Seven Bowls of Tea

The Seven Bowls of Tea

Lu Tong, the famous Chinese tea hero, was from the city of Jiyuan in the Chinese province of Henan. He was a mid-Tang Dynasty poet devoted to tea and tea ceremony.
The poems of Lu Tong are unusual, risky and a little strange, people call it the Lu Tong’s Style. The translation of the “Seven Bowls of Tea” hereunder:

The first bowl moistens my lips and throat
The second bowl breaks my loneliness
The third bowl searches my barren entrails but to find
The fourth bowl raises a slight perspiration
The fifth bowl purifies my flesh and bones
The sixth bowl calls me to the immortals
The seventh bowl could not be drunk
only the breath of the cool wind raises in my sleeves. Enjoy

Final registration deadline for pre-registered substances

Final registration deadline for pre-registered substances

The 31st May 2018 is the deadline date of the registration under REACH substances imported from outside the EU or manufactured in the volume range of 1-100 t / a. It might seem like a long way off, but the deadline is fast approaching.

Therefore an early planning is essential to achieve the goal of timely registration.

  • How is your SIEF set up?
  • Start to establish the SIEF (if the substance has not been registered for previous deadlines)
  • Identify the Lead Registrant or any consortium or leader team from previous registration periods.
  • How does a shared registry work?
  • Which information requirements, from Annexes VII and VIII of REACH, are relevant?
  • Check the costs for the respective access letter.
  • Perhaps most importantly, potential registrants should understand the practices and procedures for filing the registration dossier.
Chinese New Year – Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year – Year of the Rooster

Spring Festival, widely known as Chinese New Year in the west, is the most important traditional festival and a public holiday in China.

The Spring Festival 2017 starts 28th January. 2017 is the year of rooster and will be celebrated with various cultural activities arranged. Firework shows, dragon dancing and lion dancing are the most common activities.

Our best wishes for a prosperous and sucessful Chinese New Year!

Petrex Teams in Kempen and Shanghai

Boost of global freight rates

Boost of global freight rates

The collapse of the world 7th largest shipping line Hanjin Shipping stranded around 14 billion USD value of goods at sea. As a consequence the freight costs has started to increase substantially. The bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping, the major freight company in South Korea, has sent a clear sign to the global supply chains. Freight rates has gone up by 40 to 50 % recently.
Around 90 Hanjin vessels in 26 countries were out of service, keeping half a million containers, not kowing how to move at present.

The global shipping industry has been struggling in recent years, mainly based on a huge overcapacity.

It is time to re-organise the global shipping lines. Fair prices and reliable service.