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Agenda 2023
13:00 Exhibition and registration open

Technical Showcase Agenda
14:30 GEOSCAN-M use for process improvement in phosphate plants
Angelica Ayala, Scantech
14:45 Benefits of graphite as a material of construction for equipment used in phosphate industry operations
Yogesh Gujarathi, Graphite India
15:00 PHOSFLOW® Technology for the mitigation of scale growth in heat exchangers
John Carr, Solvay
15:15 An overview of Nalco Water offerings for phosphate fertilizer industry
Steven Paulson, Nalco Water, An Ecolab Company
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Expertise on phosphate ore beneficiation and fertilizer coating additives
Samuel Gimenez Garcia, Kao Chemicals 
16:15 Sustainable operations and environmentally friendly applications in bulk material handling
Marco Bertorelle, Bedeschi
16:30 High purity Mono Ammonium Phosphate (Super MAP) production technology
Khaled Matar, ASOS
16:45 Maximize reliability with modern, data-driven shutdown planning
David Anderson, Valmet
17:00 Mist elimination principles in industry
Brian Clancy, Kimre
17:30 Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Eti Gubre
19:00 Close of Day One
08:00 Registration and exhibition open

Plenary Keynote Session

09:00 Global phosphate market outlook: Analysing trends, opportunities, growth drivers, and restraints
Humphrey Knight, Principal Analyst, Phosphate & Potash, CRU Group

09:30 Eti Bakir’s circular approach to integrated sustainability: Maximising natural resources
Emre Kayisoglu, General Manager, Eti Bakir

Panel Discussion: Understanding the demand dynamics: Debating strategies to tackle an economic crisis
Marc Ostwald, Chief Economist and Global Strategist, ADM Investor Services
Kemalettin Yakup Büyükgöz, Linkedin "Gübre Sektörü" Representative / Shifang Hua Rong Chemical Company
Andy Jung, Director, Market & Strategic Analysis, The Mosaic Company
Moderator: Humphrey Knight, Principal Analyst, Phosphate & Potash, CRU Group             

10:45 Coffee & Networking Break

Commercial & Markets Agenda

Regional supply and demand outlooks

  • Session moderator: Marc Ostwald, ADM
  • 11:15 Current status and future of the Chinese phosphate fertilizer industry
  • Overview of the current position: Chinese capacity and production, import and export, fertilizer consumption
  • Policy update: Reducing consumption and improving fertilizer efficiency
  • 2022 domestic phosphate market analysis
  • Future outlook

    Dr. Lee Bo, Vice Director of Information Department, China Phosphate and Compound Fertilizer Industry Association

  • 11:40 An update on Mosaic and our primary markets: North America, Brazil, India and China
  • Mosaic’s global phosphates footprint and plans for the future
    What Mosaic expects in 2023 for our primary markets in the Americas (North America and Brazil)
    Factors to watch: Ag commodity markets; China phosphate exports; The resurgence of Indian phosphates demand
    Andy Jung, Director, Market & Strategic Analysis, The Mosaic Company
  • 12:05 Regional Focus: North America
    Supply and Demand Dynamics
    2022 vs 2023
    Seasonal Outlook
    Ryan Doyle, Director, US Sales, Itafos
  • 12:25 Low Carbon and Green Fertilizers
    Egemen Orucoglu, Sales Director Turkiye & North Africa, Yara

Technical Agenda

Phosphoric acid operations

  • 11:15 Addition of new ANDRITZ tilting pan filter at IMACID in Morocco to filter 1050 tons P2O5/day
    Rabi Saadaoui, Process Engineer, Andritz AG 
  • 11:45 Nalco Water’s ScaleGuard™ antiscalant technology for Heat exchanger in phosphoric acid concentration at a North African fertilizer plant: A use case
    Rajesh Raitani,  Nalco Water, An Ecolab Company   
  • 12:15 Cooling water facilities at phosphoric acid plants
    Jan Tytgat, De Smet Agro    
12:45 Networking Lunch

Commercial & Markets Agenda

Regional supply and demand insights

  • 14:00 How to manage and optimize the fertilizer supply chain in a disrupted and uncertain world and in turbulent times
    • Global and local supply and demand of phosphate markets
    • Main risks and issues in the markets
    • Adopting sustainable ESG practices in the phosphate
    Hakan Goral, Vice Chairman, Toros Turkey
  • 14:30 Phosphate rock market across Latin America countries: An update on the Bifox project
  • Brief overview of the phosphate fertilizer market in Latin America
  • Phosphate rock use for direct application and processing across Southern Cone countries (Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina)
  • The Bifox project in Caldera (Chile): current situation and commercial expansion plans for the near and medium run

    Ernesto Lima, Chief Operations Officer, Bifox Limited

  • 15:00 Developing Verdant Minerals’ Ammaroo Ammonium Phosphate fertilizer project
    Chris Tziolis, CEO, Verdant Minerals

Technical Agenda

Phosphoric acid operations

  • 14:00 Phosphoric acid concentration unit technology
    Hadrien Leruth, Business Development Engineer, Prayon Technologies
    Jan Tytgat, Process Engineering Manager, De Smet Agro
  • 14:25  Economies of scale in large phosphoric acid plants
    Elton Curran, JESA
  • 14:50 Review of Phosphoric Acid Production Technologies
    Lyndsay Tran; Jayden Ladebruk, Hatch
  • 15:10 Innovative and sustainable technologies for selective removal of cadmium and arsenic from phosphoric acid
    Ravi Hiremath, Solvay
15:30 Coffee & networking break

Commercial & Markets Agenda

Phosphate rock market updates

  • 16:00 Financing junior phosphates projects: What is the investment appetite?
    • The role for juniors in the phosphates industry in the light of food security, de-globalization and energy transition
    • Investment appetite and investor considerations while financing new projects, and takeaways from recent fund raisings
    Santhosh Seshadri, Research Analyst, Global Agribusiness and EV Battery materials, HSBC Securities and Capital Markets
  • 16:20 Rock market dynamics and project updates
    • Norge Mining vision and commitment to socially and environmentally responsible mining
    • General overview of project status and next steps in development
    • Importance of project to Norway and EU
    Tim Galusky, Project Director, Norge Mining
  • 16:45 The Shiel Phosphate Mining Project: A World Class Opportunity for Sustainable Growth
    Kabelo Mathopo, Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer, MGB Mining Resources (Pty) Ltd

Technical Agenda

Developments in phosphate beneficiation

  • 16:00 Unlocking value - Verdant Minerals and TOMRA Sorting find a common approach
    Jens-Michael Bergmann, TOMRA sorting GmbH
  • 16:30 Novel surfactants to enhance collectors for the direct flotation of apatite
    Lucas Moore, Colonial Chemical, Inc.
  • 17:00 New reagent schemes for processing sedimentary phosphate ores
    Guoxin Wang, Arkema
08:00 Registration and exhibition open

Commercial & Markets Agenda

Exploring the role of phosphates in the energy transition: LFP Battery spotlight session

  • 09:00 Analysing demand for lithium-iron-phosphate batteries in the electric vehicle sector
    Sam Adham, Head of Battery Materials, Sustainability, CRU   
  • 09:30 The coming shortage in LFP grade phosphoric acid
      Overview of the current position: Chinese capacity and production, import and export, fertilizer consumption
  • How do we define “LFP grade” phosphoric acid and What are the Criteria?
  • Clean, traceable, ethical, consistent, secure, high quality, to ESG scale, with a low carbon footprint
  • Compliancy with U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) guidelines. Local secure sourcing
  • Directly integrated into the supply chains of the major north American electric vehicle manufacturers
  • The technology client and its necessities. This cannot be an after-thought of the food or fertilizer business
  • The need to work together and to understand and to be a fundamental part of the EV battery supply chain

    John Passalacqua, CEO, First Phosphate

  • 10:00 Avenira – Australia’s first integrated LFP battery cathode project
  • Avenira – well positioned in the battery supply chain
  • High purity TPA production for flexibility for high value markets
  • Wonarah – Tier 1 high grade phosphate resource
  • Sustainable practices and outcomes

    Brett Clark, Chairman and CEO, Avenira

Technical Agenda

Advancing sustainability in the phosphate industry

  • 09:00 Ash2®Phos: Closing the Phosphorus cycle - Value added recycling from incinerated sewage sludge
    Dr. Philipp Theuring, Market Developer, EasyMining 
  • 09:30 Energy transition: Will there be any impact on Sulfuric Acid Production?
    Agnes von Garnier; Hannes Storch, Metso Outotec
  • 10:00 Sustainability – The trademark for Prayon processes
    Hadrien Leruth, Prayon Technologies
10:30 Coffee & networking break

Commercial & Markets Agenda

Specialty demand outlooks

  • Session moderator: Egemen Orucoglu, Sales Director Turkiye & North Africa, Yara
  • 11:00 Developments in the specialty and complex fertilizer markets
    Specialty and complex fertilizers demand has been rising in Southeast Europe over the last years. What are the reasons? Is it a sustainable trend? Who are the players? Are the higher prices for these specialty fertilizers justified compared to potential higher harvest results. What is the strategy of Agropolychim for these types of fertilizers?
    Philippe Rombaut, Managing Director, Agropolychim
  • 11:20 Specialty Plant Nutrition Market
    • An insight into the Brazilian agriculture
    • Specialty plant nutrition categories
    • Key agronomic services
    • Disruptive, consistent and science-based innovation at ICL
    Eli Amon, Growing Solutions President Deputy and Head of Commodities, ICL Group
  • 11:30 Phosphoric acid – The future is white
    • Phosphate rock and value chain
    • Manufacturing of Phosphoric acid and the environment
    • Phosphoric acid market trends
    • Purified Phosphoric acid- Need of the hour
    Ajay Mahajan, CEO - Overseas Chemicals, Aditya Birla
  • 12:00 Implications for industry of EU policies
    • Update on the major developments in EU policies on fertilisers and chemicals which are underway, with the Commission Communication on Fertilisers Availability and Affordability (November 2022)
    • Entry into force of the EU Fertilising Products Regulation (June 2022)
    • Green Deal target to reduce nutrient losses by 50%
    • Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and revision of REACH
    • Revision of the EU Critical Raw Materials List (Phosphate Rock, P4 and possibly Potash)
    • National policies (Austria is now the third European country to notify a phosphorus recycling legal obligation) and industry developments (P, K and N recycling units coming online)
    Ludwig Hermann, President, ESPP

Technical Agenda

Developments in fertilization and nutrient use efficiency

  • 11:00 Environmental challenge to opportunity
    Alexander Van Heuverswyn, Business Developer, Jan De Nul Group
  • 11:30 Improving soil chemistry to increase nutrient use efficiency
    Hunter Swisher, Phospholutions
  • 12:00 Product design for customised specialty fertilizers
    Jens Bergmann, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH
12:30 Lunch

Commercial & Markets Agenda

Supply chain and logistics

  • 14:00 The impact of shipping on phosphates prices and trade flows
    • Shipping markets review and outlook
    • Recent trends in the phosphates trade; The impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on fertilizer prices and phosphates trade flows
    • Towards “green shipping” – the implications of environmental regulations on shipping dynamics and shipping costs
    Plamen Natzkoff, Associate Director, Dry Bulk Commodities, MSI
  • 14:30 Utilising local resources for decentralised phosphate production
    Current phosphatic fertilizers are produced in only a few countries and poses risks of timely availability and price hikes with supply chain disruptions
    Soils in sub-Saharan Africa are P deficient and many farmers cannot afford to apply optimum rates of fertilizers. Yet many of these countries have phosphate rock (PR) deposits
    The current P fertilizer production requires huge financial investment and to be economically feasible, PR deposits must be large (last for 30-50 years). Hence restricted to fewer countries, making PR deposits in sub-Sarana Africa economically non-viable. The current production practice also generates wastes
    Direct application of PR while limited to reactive PRs and acidic soils overcomes the above issues. Phosphate rock decision support system (https://prdss.ifdc.org/) helps identify conditions suitable for direct application of PR
    The utility of direct application of PR is also enhanced by processes that improve plant availability of P. This process will allow previously non-viable PR deposits to produce P fertilizers while improving accessibility and affordability in sub-Saharan Africa

    Dr. Upendra Singh, Vice President, Research, IFDC

Technical Agenda

Efficiency improvements

  • 14:00 Phosphate-based fertilizer cooling comes full circle: The role thermal processing technologies are playing in improving the operational energy climate
    Igor Makarenko, Solex Thermal Science
  • 14:30 Beyond digitalisation: the next leap in plant efficiency
    Collin Bartlett – Director, Business Development – Metals & Chemical Processing
    Tara Rana – Global Solutions Architect, MMM Segment Schneider Electric