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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.

 



 

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.

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Video: Special Report – World fertilizer sentiment firm but questions remain

 

Video: Special Report: Bullish trend for urea and phosphate ahead of TFI

 

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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.