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A Brno First!

When I rejoined Patrick at ComTech, I was based in Prague having just resigned as Executive Director of a group of power trading firms. Everyone it seems likes to visit Prague and so I often saw clients... continue reading

SAP Commodity Management Has Significant Impetus

We have been tracking SAP with interest for the last several years in its efforts around its commodity management solution. To that end, we recently had another briefing... continue reading

Agiboo Enjoying Good Demand for Agiblocks Amidst Industry Change

Just before heading to Essen for E-World last week, I had a briefing call with co-founder and Managing Partner, Mr. Jan van den... continue reading

All Change at a Busy E-World

E-World was very busy this year with all vendors reporting good traffic and interest levels. However, most of the vendors had swapped locations over previous years and many had... continue reading

Latest News

Asian millers turn to Argentina for wheat as drought hits Australian output

(Reuters) – Asian wheat millers are snapping up cargoes of the grain from Argentina to arrive in the... continue reading

Oil dips below 2019 highs as surging U.S. supply counters OPEC cuts

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices slipped away from 2019 highs on Wednesday, with surging U.S. supply and slowing economic growth tempering upward pressure... continue reading

Hedge funds accelerate oil buying: Kemp

LONDON (Reuters) – Investors bought crude oil futures and options at the fastest rate for almost six months in the week to Feb. 12. Hedge fund managers are... continue reading

European LNG influx plays into Gazprom’s hands this winter

LONDON (Reuters) by Ekaterina Kravtsova – Changing gas price dynamics caused by an influx of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe have played... continue reading

Videos

An Interview with David Meyers – CEO, Enuit

In this episode of Conversation with Leaders in CTRM, we visit with Mr. David Meyers, CEO of Enuit. Mr. Meyers provides an overview of his company’s products and capabilities, and discusses recent market developments, including activity in the Asia markets and the impacts of emerging technologies.

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Blog

A Brno First!

When I rejoined Patrick at ComTech, I was based in Prague having just resigned as Executive Director of a group of power trading firms. Everyone it seems likes to visit Prague and so I often saw clients and colleagues who were passing through. However, for various reasons, I moved back to Brno (pronounced like Brrrr No) a couple of years later. Another lovely city, Brno it seems is a little too off the beaten track for most. Brno is situated between Prague and Vienna or Prague and Bratislava. It’s actually a tad closer to Vienna than Prague and is in a region called Moravia (Prague is in Bohemia). The city is around 350k people although it is a University town and numbers swell while the students are here. There is quite an active ExPat community and so... continue reading

SAP Commodity Management Has Significant Impetus

We have been tracking SAP with interest for the last several years in its efforts around its commodity management solution. To that end, we recently had another briefing with Anja Strothkaemper who is VP SAP Agribusiness and VP Commodity Management. Her briefing was very upbeat, and she told us that SAP now has more than 150 customers for its commodity management offering, having won more than 30 additional customers over 2018 for the solution. These included leading companies in agribusiness, oil and mining & metals involved in activities from exploration to processing and consumption. Indeed, through the grapevine, ComTech has heard of some very significant wins for SAP in 2018, including a major US oil company and a world-leading enterprise in agricultural processing. Ms. Strothkaemper also told... continue reading

Agiboo Enjoying Good Demand for Agiblocks Amidst Industry Change

Published 12 February 2019

Just before heading to Essen for E-World last week, I had a briefing call with co-founder and Managing... continue reading

All Change at a Busy E-World

Published 7 February 2019

E-World was very busy this year with all vendors reporting good traffic and interest levels. However, most of the... continue reading

The great oil refinery experiment is coming to an end at Delta Airlines

Published 1 February 2019

Airlines live and die on fuel prices – when the price of... continue reading

Next Stop – Essen

Published 1 February 2019

Next week both Patrick and I will be at E-World and Water in Essen, Germany. We hope to meet a... continue reading

Concord Resources Rolling Out Gen10 Commodity Manager for Metals and Concentrates

Published 31 January 2019

A few months ago, after talking with Gen10, I wrote about the... continue reading

Britain’s Retail Energy Segment in Trouble?

Published 29 January 2019

An interesting article in Forbes draws attention to the British retail energy segment and the collapse of a... continue reading

CTRMCenter Gets a Job Board

Published 25 January 2019

Before the Christmas holidays, we wrote a blog about how to get the best out of the functionality embedded within... continue reading

Life is about Parallels

Published 18 January 2019

It was 1996. Houston was hot and humid as usual as I drove up to start my new job with... continue reading

News

Asian millers turn to Argentina for wheat as drought hits Australian output

(Reuters) – Asian wheat millers are snapping up cargoes of the grain from Argentina to arrive in the first-half of the year, typically peak-export season for traditional supplier Australia where a second year of drought is hitting production. Large volumes of exports to Asia from Argentina could further chip away at Australia’s dominance of the region’s wheat supply, which has already been eroded by growing Black Sea shipments over the past few years. Indonesia, the world’s second-largest wheat importer, has booked close to 1 million tonnes of Argentinian wheat for arrival between February and April, while Malaysia and Vietnam have also contracted shipments, according to estimates from two Singapore-based traders who were involved in some... continue reading

Oil dips below 2019 highs as surging U.S. supply counters OPEC cuts

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices slipped away from 2019 highs on Wednesday, with surging U.S. supply and slowing economic growth tempering upward pressure from supply cuts led by producer club OPEC and from Washington’s sanctions on Iran and Venezuela. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures hit 2019 highs of $56.39 per barrel on Wednesday but had slipped back to $56.16 per barrel by 0746 GMT, which was slightly above their last settlement. International Brent crude futures were at $66.41 per barrel, down 4 cents from their last close, though still not far off their 2019 high of $66.83 per barrel, hit on Monday. Oil prices have been supported by supply cuts led by... continue reading

Hedge funds accelerate oil buying: Kemp

Published 19 February 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – Investors bought crude oil futures and options at the fastest rate for almost six months... continue reading

European LNG influx plays into Gazprom’s hands this winter

Published 15 February 2019

LONDON (Reuters) by Ekaterina Kravtsova – Changing gas price dynamics caused by an influx of liquefied natural gas... continue reading

capSpire continues its global expansion with the opening of an office in Australia

Published 14 February 2019

capSpire, a global consulting and solutions company serving the energy industry, is... continue reading

TRADESPARENT IS EXPANDING GLOBALLY

Published 14 February 2019

10 FEBRUARY 2019, TRADESPARENT, leading Commodity Data & Analytics Solution, announces the incorporation of TRADESPARENT INC in the... continue reading

China’s coal imports surge, but prices tell a better story: Russell

Published 14 February 2019

LAUNCESTON, Australia (Reuters) – China’s coal imports soared in January, more than... continue reading

VAKT appoints Etienne Amic as new CEO

Published 13 February 2019

LONDON – February 13, 2019, – VAKT, the company re-imagining commodity post-trade processing underpinned by blockchain, today announces... continue reading

Leading Commodities Technologies Analyst Firm, Commodity Technology Advisory LLC, Saw Increased Demand for Services Through 2018

Published 13 February 2019

Houston, TX, USA and Prague, Czech Republic, February 13th 2019. Commodity Technology... continue reading

Change in ComFin’s ownership

Published 12 February 2019

Austria-based E/CTRM Company ComFin Software has been acquired by N & D Beteiligungs-GmbH, a newly-registered holding company co-owned... continue reading

Interview Corner

Contigo as an EnergyOne Company

Published 31 January 2019

An Interview with Simon Wheeler, Contigo Following EnergyOne’s acquisition of UK-based Contigo, a supplier of ETRM solutions to the western European gas and power markets,... continue reading

Disruptive and Enabling Technologies in Commodities

Published 9 January 2019

Interview with Matt Dolton CEO and Co-founder at Kynetix ComTech Advisory: We recently issued our disruptive technologies research report in which we discussed the massive... continue reading

Regulatory Compliance TRADESPARENT

Published 17 September 2018

An interview with Mr. Alexander Regnault, Director Operations, TRADESPARENT ComTech Advisory: TRADESPARENT now offers a variety of different solutions from risk management to regulatory compliance... continue reading

ETRM and PPAs – The View from Down Under

Published 7 August 2018

An interview with Mr. Shaun Ankers, CEO, Energy One ComTech Advisory: Can you give us an update on Energy One? What key initiatives are you... continue reading

FIS Looks to Leverage Products into Energy & Commodities

Published 26 June 2018

ComTech Advisory: FIS Energy & Commodities is just a part of a larger group of products and business units offering trading and risk products that... continue reading

Brady’s Product Strategy and Direction – Interview with Ms. Libby Koehn, Chief Product Office, Brady PLC

Published 3 April 2018

Ms. Libby Koehn joined Brady PLC recently as Chief Product Officer. We asked her about Brady’s strategy, products and views on market developments. ComTech Advisory:... continue reading

An Interview with Rich Jefferson, Commodities COO at Beacon

Published 27 March 2018

Comtech recently had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Rich Jefferson, Commodities COO at Beacon to get his thoughts about Beacon Growing Rapidly and Finding... continue reading

FIS Gear Up to Launch Multiple Product Strategy into Commodities

Published 20 February 2018

Commodity Technology Advisory asks Dr. Markus Seiser, COO, FIS Energy, about FIS’s strategy and plans for Energy & Commodities ComTech Advisory: FIS now markets its... continue reading

CTRM Community

Adaptive Barcelona – 3 years of continuous growth

Published 20 February 2019

The team at Adaptive are thrilled to celebrate the third anniversary of our Barcelona office. Starting with one major project, this office is now 35... continue reading

The basic metals industry is one of the world’s largest industrial energy users

Published 20 February 2019

The industrial sector is the largest user of energy in the world, accounting for approximately 55% of world delivered energy in 2018, according to the... continue reading

The Middle East’s petrochemicals push signals oil’s future

Published 20 February 2019

Plastics and chemicals will account for the largest share of global crude demand growth by 2030, and a third wave of petrochemicals expansion underway in... continue reading

Natural gas-fired reciprocating engines are being deployed more to balance renewables

Published 19 February 2019

Reciprocating internal combustion engines, which are typically used for backup, standby, or emergency power, are now becoming increasingly popular for larger utility-scale power generation applications,... continue reading

3 weeks to go until the open anti abuse forum

Published 19 February 2019

There are just under 3 weeks to go until the open anti abuse forum for energy and commodities takes place in London on the 11th... continue reading

Consumer push for sustainability masks massive growth in plastic demand

Published 19 February 2019

This is the first installment in a three-part series exploring oil, plastics demand and sustainability. Barely a week goes by without another headline decrying the... continue reading

Russia’s OPEC alliance brings risks and rewards for Putin

Published 18 February 2019

OPEC still needs Russia to prop up oil markets, but the arguments for an even closer relationship with the cartel are weakening. The Kremlin’s two-year-long... continue reading

EIA adds new play production data to shale gas and tight oil reports

Published 15 February 2019

In December 2018, U.S. shale and tight plays produced about 65 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas (70% of total U.S. dry... continue reading

Industry Voices

The great oil refinery experiment is coming to an end at Delta Airlines

Airlines live and die on fuel prices – when the price of oil (and the jet fuel derived from that oil) is high, you’ll see... continue reading

Innovation and technology will change the way we feed the world

Cargill focuses on technology, digitalization and R&D to feed the growing population healthy diets within planetary boundaries Cargill  Jan 24, 2019, 14:56 ET MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 24,... continue reading

Trading Re-imagined – How Digitization is Reshaping the Commodity Trading Industry

The Commodity Trading industry is on the cusp of transformation – and Digitization is at the heart of the change. By Cyrus Dadachanji, Partner, Midstream... continue reading

Brexit: Passporting aside – regulatory considerations for firms providing investment services

Sophie Crisp, Manager, Risk and Compliance | 15 Jul 2016 Since the Brexit result, the focus for many has been on firms maintaining passporting rights... continue reading

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