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Fertilizer Insight: Nutrien bounces back in Q2

Fertilizer Insight: Nutrien bounces back in Q2

After releasing lackluster Q1 results, global agribusiness giant Nutrien has lifted investors’ spirits with a strong second-quarter showing.

However, it’s not all good news for Nutrien, as a new round of job cuts underline the tough choisces ahead, following the “merger of equals” that created the company.

In this Insight article, ICIS explores the difficult genesis of the world’s biggest crop nutrient provider, and analyses its turbulent, first six months.

Infographic: Australia’s sulphate of potash revolution

Infographic: Australia’s sulphate of potash revolution

In the barren depths of Western Australia’s outback, rival developers are racing to be firs to produce and market sulphate of potash fertilizer drawn from the region’s dry, brine-rich lakebeds.

This infographic explores the competing companies’ claims, transport links, offtake agreements, and logical challenges.

Find out more about Australia’s sulphate potash revolution by downloading the latest ICIS fertilizer infographic.

Infographic: ICIS Ammonia world cup 2018

Infographic: ICIS Ammonia world cup 2018

There is competition between the world’s leading exporting countries in the seaborne ammonia industry.

This infographic highlights which countries top the continental tables for January – May 2018 exports.

Download the latest fertilizer infographic to discover which countries top the continental tables as well as which country is the global champion by

 



 

Global Fertilizer Trade Flow Map 2018

Global Fertilizer Trade Flow Map 2018

ICIS is excited to announce the launch and production of the 2018 Global Fertilizer Trade Flow Map in partnership with the International Fertilizer Association (IFA).

The map provides a geographical 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.

The 2018 Fertilizer Trade Flow Map provides:

  • The world's major producing countries of fertilizers and raw materials
  • The main fertilizer consuming countries
  • Trends in prices for ammonia, diammonium phosphate (DAP), muriate of potash (MOP), urea, sulphur, sulphuric acid and natural gas

Fertilizer Global Outlook: What to expect from the fertilizer markets in 2018

Fertilizer Global Outlook: What to expect from the fertilizer markets in 2018

Price volatility was evident throughout 2017 in most fertilizer markets, but with the new year upon us there are many questions that linger.

What do the next 12 months have in store for producers, traders and buyers?

How will each segment absorb new capacity or satisfy additional demand?

Find out by downloading this year’s Global Fertilizer Market Outlook.

Market Insight: Mining investors dig Nutrien; ICL UK plans potash parting

Market Insight: Mining investors dig Nutrien; ICL UK plans potash parting

What impact could the slow decline of Israel Chemicals’ Boulby operation in the UK, and the rise of Canadian agricultural giant Nutrien, have on the global muriate of potash (MOP) industry?

Find out by downloading the latest ICIS Fertilizer market insight, by markets editor Andy Hemphill.

 



 

Market Insight: Tight supply to continue for most fertilizer products in q4 as demand remains steady

Market Insight: Tight supply to continue for most fertilizer products in q4 as demand remains steady

In this market insight, the ICIS fertilizer team takes a look at the supply-demand scenario for the final three months of the year and the main developments that are expected to affect all products in the fourth quarter of 2017.

ICIS Infographic: Major Phosphates supply/demand dynamics in Asia-Pacific

ICIS Infographic: Major Phosphates supply/demand dynamics in Asia-Pacific

The phosphates market has grown in the Asia-Pacific region in 2017, with new plants coming onstream and exports rising out of major regions.

In this infographic, ICIS takes a look at the major producers in the region, hot spots of demand and new projects that will affect the market in the next three years.

Sulphuric acid prices spike in Q2, market expected to remain tight throughout 2017

Sulphuric acid prices spike in Q2, market expected to remain tight throughout 2017

Sulphuric acid supply is expected to remain globally short until the first quarter of 2018 because of a heavy fourth quarter smelter turnaround schedule. Spot prices have increased tightly during the second quarter as buyers turn to the typically more expensive burned sulphuric acid due to the lack of smelter sulphuric acid on the market. The increased reliance on burned sulphuric acid, which is largely being sourced from China, has had a knock-on effect on upstream sulphur prices.

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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.

 



 

 



 

 



 

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.