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  • Anglo American divests Brazilian phosphate operation 29 April 2016

    Multinational miner Anglo American has sold off its phosphate and niobium operations in Brazil to a Chinese company as part of its ongoing strategy to divest non-core businesses. Read More

  • Morocco’s National phosphate company to ramp up production 28 April 2016

    The world’s leading phosphate exporter, Morocco's Office Cherifien de Phosphate (OCP), has revealed plans to expand its mining capabilities to increase the production of phosphate-enhanced fertiliser, on the back of what it says is increased demand. Read More

  • Low sales deter DuPont’s Q1 2016 performance 27 April 2016

    US-based leading chemicals company has registered negative growth in its quarterly results as the company’s total sales dropped by 6% y-o-y- for the first quarter because of strong dollar and low trades; however 7% cut in operating expenses in 2015 mitigates the impact of weak results. Read More

  • Tata Chemicals announces five week shut-down of Indian fertiliser plant IM May 2016

    Haldia fertiliser plant to close for five weeks; Interruption to raw materials access blamed Read More

  • Falling prices slow down M&A activity in fertiliser industry IM May 2016

    Fertiliser producers display negative growth; Potash and phosphate prices moving down Read More

  • Losses for Sirius Minerals as polyhalite project faces challenges 25 April 2016

    UK potash producer Sirius Minerals reported a total loss of £7.1m ($10.2m*) for the nine months to the end of December, and confirmed today it is seeking investors to fund its North Yorkshire polyhalite development, a several-billion pound project that the company is still keen to pursue. Read More

  • Uralkali cuts potash output by 4% 25 April 2016

    Russian potash manufacturer Uralkali dropped its Q1 production by 100,000 tonnes, amid a scenario of weak demand and prices and the diminished output from one of its Solikamsk-2 site, which was flooded in late 2014 before an enormous sinkhole stopped all operations. Read More

  • Danakali confident about ‘relisient SOP pricing’ 22 April 2016

    Australian potash manufacturer Danakali Ltd is confident its sulphate of potash (SOP) operation in Eritrea harbours profitable selling opportunities, while standard potash fertilisers have been declining due to conjunctural weakness in global agricultural crops. Read More

  • Uralchem boosts complex fertiliser output in Q1 22 April 2016

    Russian crop nutrients producer JSC Uralchem increased production across all lines by 4% in the first quarter of the year to a total 1.57m tonnes, following higher volumes of phosphoric and complex fertilisers. Read More

  • Australian Bauxite eyes opportunities for non-met market sales 19 April 2016

    Bauxite supplier Australian Bauxite is targeting customers outside of the metallurgical industry to capitalise on better pricing conditions in order to sidestep the oversupply of met-grade product on the market, the company told IM. Read More

  • MagMin 2016: Turkish magnesia targets high value markets 19 April 2016

    While traditional refractories markets for magnesia products come under strain, companies with material suitable for use in a range of niche applications are working to expand these sources of demand. Read More

  • India’s mining output rebounds despite domestic turmoil 18 April 2016

    Following years of mining chaos, falling production and the global commodity crunch, India’s mineral sector has shown significant signs of recovery in the last fiscal year, further indicating a higher demand for raw materials domestically, while signalling a sustainable industrial recovery. The agriculture sector, in particular, is expected to gain from the impact of monsoons as the rural economy improves. Read More

  • ICL’s UK potash mine reopens after fire breaks out 14 April 2016

    Following a fire which broke out early yesterday morning, ICL’s UK potash mine, run by its subsidiary Cleveland Potash, reopened late last night. It is unclear what caused the fire but the company confirmed investigations were underway. Read More

  • Australian Bauxite closes non-met supply deal 13 April 2016

    Australian Bauxite Ltd has completed the first sale of non-met grade bauxite from its Tasmanian mine for use in the cement and fertiliser markets. The sale is significant, not only because it is rare to hear of deals in the cement-grade market, but because the company cited a higher price for non-met supply as the reason it is targeting that market. Non-met applications cover about 10% of Australia’s bauxite output. Read More

  • Tata Chemicals announces five week shut-down of Indian fertiliser plant 13 April 2016

    Tata Chemicals has announced that it will be shutting down its fertiliser plant at Haldia, India in September for five weeks owing to an interruptions in access to raw materials, affecting the supply of DAP, SSP and NPK fertilisers to its customers. Read More

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