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Fertilizers and food in the balance

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The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and its members in Germany welcome delegates attending the 64th IFA Annual Conference in Berlin from 20 to 23 May-the world's most popular gathering of fertilizer industry and related sector representatives. As the fertilizer industry enjoys a period of generally improved demand and growth, the role of proper plant nutrition is also receiving attention as a major factor in the drive towards greater world food security and the development of sustainable farming systems. Luc Maene, Secretary General, welcomes delegates to the 64th IFA Annual Conference, and explains why cautious optimism is recommended in the outlook for the fertilizer industry.

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In the Association's Annual Report to be presented to the meeting, Mr. C. E. Childers, IFA President, explains that company results show the business climate in the fertilizer sector is now more upbeat than at any time during recent years: "While it is encouraging to report on the factors responsible for such a recovery, it is important to remind ourselves of the reasons why such optimism should also be treated with a certain degree of caution. Prices have improved greatly, reflecting continued strengthening of the global economy and renewed interest in agricultural production worldwide caused by the drawdown of cereal stocks to their lowest level since 1975. Consumers are demanding more and higher quality foodstuffs and the dietary shift toward higher meat intake among the populations of the fast developing economies is being translated into the need for greater quantities of cereals."

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A debut at ANTWERP

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The official inauguration of Northern Shipping Terminal's new 36.000-tonne warehouse at Antwerp on 26 March takes the company an important step forward as a leading distributor of fertilizers to the world market. The terminal includes a new bulk blending unit, which will enable Northern Shipping to produce up to 350,000 tla of blended fertilizers, augmenting the dedicated services it provides to its customers. Fertilizer International attended the opening ceremony. and found much to admire ...

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Tuesday, 26 March was a red-letter day for Northern Shipping Terminal, when the company proudly opened the doors of its prestigious new fertilizer distribution centre and terminal at Antwerp. And Northern Shipping has every reason to be proud, for the new No.6 Warehouse at Quay 150 offers the very latest and best in handling, blending and packaging technology, marking another step in the company's continuing investment programme to keep Northern Shipping Terminal at the forefront of dry bulk distribution in north west Europe and beyond.

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Innovation sets the pace

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The German chemical giant, BASF AG, is one of Western Europe's largest fertilizer producers. For several years, it was a wounded giant, as the group was badly hit by the recession in both industrial and agricultural sectors. However, the group has enjoyed a strong revival in its fortunes, and as shown in this interview with Dipl.-Kfm. Dieter Thomaschewski, Head of BASF's Fertilizers Operating Division, the company intends to consolidate its traditional strengths, based on "Innovation and Partnership".

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The German chemical giant, BASF AG, is one of Western Europe's largest fertilizer producers. For several years, it was a wounded giant, as the group was badly hit by the recession in both industrial and agricultural sectors. However, the group has enjoyed a strong revival in its fortunes, and as shown in this interview with Dipl.-Kfm. Dieter Thomaschewski, Head of BASF's Fertilizers Operating Division, the company intends to consolidate its traditional strengths, based on "Innovation and Partnership".

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New markets beckon offshore

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Germany is Western Europe's leading producer of recovered sulphur, arising from domestic sour gas production. Recovered production is increasing, but domestic consumption is on a declining trend. The quest is therefore on to find new offshore markets. By emphasising the quality of their product, and by investing in new storage and handling facilities, the leading suppliers are confident that they will find ready markets for the extra production.

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As the production of recovered sulphur in north west Europe increases and regional consumption falls, the indigenous suppliers are seeking markets further afield. Germany is the leading Western European producer, and accounted for 1.56 million tonnes in 1995, (Table 1) registering an increase in output of 162,000 tonnes over 1994, mainly as a result in the sharp rise in sulphur recovery from sour natural gas.

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