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Insight: How the US phosphate industry is changing the global market

Insight: How the US phosphate industry is changing the global market

The $1.2bn cash deal announced in October by US fertilizer producer, Mosaic, for the acquisition of the CF Industries phosphate business is one of the key factors likely to drive change in the global phosphates markets. Following weak performance from China’s export market, low global prices, and dwindling sales in some South American countries, the shake-up is timely. 

Market insight: High hopes for fertilizer markets in 2014

Market insight: High hopes for fertilizer markets in 2014

Fertilizer markets and prices have come under pressure in 2013 from slow global economic growth and rising world grain production reducing grain prices, while
at the same time world fertilizer demand stagnated.

As a result, the industry is looking towards an expected rebound in fertilizer demand in 2014 to support growth.

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Arrival of new production could shift dynamics within US urea market

US Urea whitepaper

In this whitepaper on the urea capacity additions in the US, ICIS Market Editor Mark Milam takes a look at how new production facilities by Iowa Fertilizer Company (IFCo) and Canadian producer Agrium in Iowa and Texas have added to the fertilizer manufacturing uptick in North America, and could reduce the degree of domestic reliance on yearly imports from foreign producers.

2016 Ammonia Loadings for African Nations

2016 Ammonia Loadings for African Nations

Africa is a leading importer of ammonia for use in downstream phosphates and nitrates production, as well as operations in the chemicals and mining sectors. While Algeria, Egypt and Libya all boast ammonia plants, not much material is exported from those countries to elsewhere on the continent, as this Infographic shows.

Fertilizer Trends

Fertilizer Trends

Fertilizer trends, past and present, showing key benchmark prices and some of the major sea changing events that have happened across the fertilizer sector from IFA Sydney 2014 to IFA Marrakesh 2017.

 



 

Whitepaper: North American sulphur tightens heading into Q2

Whitepaper: North American sulphur tightens heading into Q2

The North America sulphur markets have grown tight in the last month of Q1 on a combination of oil sands divestments, plant outages and turnarounds. Export prices firmed at the beginning of the year in Vancouver and California, but softened in March as outside demand quieted.

Whitepaper: Urea Prices Correct Downwards in February After Six Months of Gains

Urea prices correct downwards in february

The urea market has seen a downward correction in February with domestic demand slowing in key markets including China and the US. Real buying interest is yet to return and there is a lot of talk of whether prices are close to a bottom or if there is more pain ahead.

In this piece, ICIS editor Deepika Thapliyal looks at the key factors affecting the urea market.

Fertilizer Industry Starts 2017 Amid Political, Economic Uncertainty

Fertilizer Industry Starts 2017 Amid Political, Economic Uncertainty

Like other commodities, fertilizers face an uncertain 2017 due to political and economic uncertainty on both sides of the Atlantic, with consolidation expected by players looking to follow in the footsteps of Canadian giants PotashCorp and Agrium – who should receive regulatory approval for their mega-merger in the summer.

 



 

Phosphates developments in Africa by 2022

Phosphates developments in Africa by 2022

Africa will be the focus of 2017 and beyond with new phosphates capacity coming on stream and new players entering the market. As the phosphates market starts 2017 under pressure, with prices edging downwards globally and subdued demand, Africa emerges as an active demand outlet.

ICIS takes a look at the major companies that are going to play a big role in the next five years on the continent, and the main developments that are likely to shape the market by 2022.

Florida Sinkhole Places Spotlight on Phosphate Industry

Florida Sinkhole Places Spotlight on Phosphate Industry

In this article addressing the US phosphate market, ICIS fertilizer market editor Mark Milam takes a look at how a sinkhole, which developed at a manufacturing operation earlier this year in Florida, has challenged producer Mosaic and brought the environmental hurdles and public scrutiny faced by the industry, back into the spotlight.

ICIS Heartland Infographic

ICIS Heartland Infographic

A sulphur facility set to kick off construction by the end of the year could shift Western Canada market logistics beginning in late 2017.

The Heartland Project, a planned forming facility between Inter-Chem and a Petrosul subsidiary, would add options into the mix for suppliers to get solid sulphur out of Vancouver for international export, as well as liquid loading for movement into the US by rail.

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Long-term potash outlook remains strong: BHP CEO

Long-term potash outlook remains strong: BHP CEO

The chief executive of Anglo-Australian mining major BHP Billiton said that the long-term outlook for potash remains strong and that the company will continue to pursue its big Jansen potash project in Canada's Saskatchewan province.

Yara sees lower H2 gas costs in Europe, mulls Africa expansion

Yara sees lower H2 gas costs in Europe, mulls Africa expansion

Yara expects European energy costs to fall in the second half of 2013 and is interested in constructing a fertilizer plant in Africa if it can secure a long-term gas agreement, senior executives of the leading fertilizer producer said.

Market overview: Sulphur

Market overview: Sulphur

Globally, around 75m tonnes of sulphur are produced on an annual basis, primarily as an involuntary byproduct from oil and gas processing. 

Unlike the farmers who have benefitted from the boom in commodities, Illinois-based CF said it would not like to see another return to peak pricing.

 



 

Long-term potash outlook remains strong: BHP CEO

Long-term potash outlook remains strong: BHP CEO

The chief executive of Anglo-Australian mining major BHP Billiton said that the long-term outlook for potash remains strong and that the company will continue to pursue its big Jansen potash project in Canada's Saskatchewan province.

Overview of the Indian Fertilizer Market

Overview of the Indian Fertilizer Market

The market paper gives a summary of the recent developments in the Indian fertilizers industry and covers all the key fertilizers commodities such as urea, ammonia, phosphates, sulphur and ammonia.

Lack of potash demand is ‘the real problem’: Canadian analyst

Lack of potash demand is ‘the real problem’: Canadian analyst

Lacking demand growth is the real issue facing the global potash industry, a Canadian analyst said in August in commenting on the turmoil caused by the break-up of the Russian/Belarusian export marketing group.

 



 

US Mosaic fiscal Q4 2013 net earnings down by 4.2% at $485.9m

US Mosaic fiscal Q4 2013 net earnings down by 4.2% at $485.9m

Mosaic’s fiscal 2013 Q4 net earnings fell by 4.2% year on year to $485.9m (€374.1m) as sales fell on lower selling prices, the US-based fertilizer firm said.

CF Industries has positive outlook for fertilizer use in 2013 crops

CF Industries has positive outlook for fertilizer use in 2013 crops

Despite a weather-hindered start to the 2013 growing season, the outlook remains positive for yields and applications of crop nutrients, US fertilizer maker CF Industries said.

Officials unable to determine cause in West Fertilizer explosion

Officials unable to determine cause in West Fertilizer explosion

Federal and state officials said despite an extensive and costly investigation they are unable to determine what caused the massive lethal explosion at West Fertilizer in Texas which killed 14, injured 200 and caused $100m (€78m) in structural damages.

 



 

Global fertilizer trade-flow, production, consumption and price trend map

Global fertilizer trade-flow, production, consumption and price trend map

In partnership with the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), ICIS produces the global fertilizer trade flow map.

The map gives a geographic picture of the trade flows of fertilizer products between the major producing and importing countries in the world, as well as production and consumption data.

INSIGHT: Demand growth attracts overcapacity in urea

INSIGHT: Demand growth attracts overcapacity in urea

Megatrends can make certain companies, sectors, or entire industries look attractive.

Food, for instance, is one business – from the basic agricultural inputs to fancy plastics food packaging – that is attracting a great deal of interest from chemical companies.

Fertilizer Market Update

Fertilizer Market Update

ICIS is an independent provider of benchmark pricing information, analysis and news for the global petrochemical, energy and fertilizer markets.

Download the fertilizer market update to gain an insight into what is happening in the main fertilizer markets.

Key markets covered in the following content piece include nitrogen, phosphates, ammonia and sulphur.

MARKET UPDATE: China’s domestic urea output to exceed demand

MARKET UPDATE: China’s domestic urea output to exceed demand

China’s urea production is expected to increase in 2012, exceeding growth in downstream demand, with producers to face stiff competition amid a weak supply demand outlook.

Russia’s Acron wins approval for major new $420m ammonia unit

Russia’s Acron wins approval for major new $420m ammonia unit

Russia’s Acron Group has been given the green light to construct a $420m (€319m) energy-efficient ammonia plant at its manufacturing complex in Veliky Novgorod, the fertilizer producer announced.

Outlook 2013: Slow demand growth may weigh on fertilizer markets

Outlook 2013: Slow Demand

Global fertilizer markets have been relatively flat through 2012, which impacted sales activity and saw prices put under pressure.

How are the global fertilizer markets fairing for 2013?

Market Update: Fertilizer demand to persist despite severe drought

Market Update

The drought affecting a broad swath of the US may be the worst in more than half a century, sources said, but it may not have much of an effect on fertilizer demand or prices.

Ammonia market remains firm despite new capacity

Ammonia

This market analysis looks at new ammonia capacity that is starting up over the next 12 months and how much of it is destined for captive downstream urea and phosphates production.

Sirius Minerals signs fertilizer sales agreements in UK, Europe

Sirius Minerals signs fertilizer sales agreements in UK

Sirius Minerals has signed several agreements with fertilizer distributors and manufacturers in the UK and central Europe covering future sales from its planned potash mine in north Yorkshire, in the UK, the global mining company said.

US fertilizer outlook remains positive despite weakening demand: Mosaic

US Fertilizer Outlook

Mosaic’s long-term outlook for the fertilizer industry remains positive, despite declining fundamentals for crop nutrients, CEO James Prokopanko said.

Insight: How the fertilizer industry is responding to safety concerns

Insight

The tragic explosion at West Fertilizer in April 2013 put the fertilizer industry under the spotlight. The US Government is working with the industry players and national safety bodies to put in place further safeguards following a review chemical safety regulations.

Insight: Potash market in further chaos after Uralkali CEO arrest

Insight: Potash market in further chaos after Uralkali CEO arrest

The Uralkali CEO’s arrest has yet again raised further market uncertainties and price volatility. 

 - 26 August - Uralkali CEO arrested in Belarus 
 - 29 August - Russia restricts oil shipments to Belarus 
 - 2 September - Belarus issues arrest warrant for Uralkali co-owner

Download this free article now which summarizes the recent potash market development and key events from July to early September.

 



 

Outlook 2013: US ammonia demand will be robust

Outlook 2013: US Ammonia

Strong agricultural fundamentals and an improving US economy are expected to drive robust demand for ammonia in 2013.