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Commercial Agenda

09:00 - 10:30
Keynote Plenary Session

09:00 - 09:30
CRU Keynote: Overview of the Global Phosphates

-          High level exploration of global supply and demand balance of phosphates

-          What mega trends are impacting fertiliser, feed, food and industrial phosphate trade?

-          What is the CRU forecast for the global phosphate market in the year ahead?

Chris Lawson, Head of Fertilizer Analysis, CRU

09:30 - 09:50
Phosphate Industry Keynote: Strategy Insights from a Global Industry Leader

-          How is the global supply chain shifting in response to new trade dynamics?

-          What are the key challenges and opportunity on front of the industry?

-          What are the key areas where partnership, innovation and investment should be focused?

Bruce Bodine, SVP Phosphate Operations, Mosaic
09:50 - 10:10
Agronomy Keynote: The future of farming and what it means for the fertilizer industry

-          Global agronomic macro trends and their implications for input demand

-          The importance of innovation in the fertilizer industry in the age of ag-tech and precision farming

-          How can the global phosphates supply chain become more ag-centric and prepare for the next generation of relationship between fertilizer producers and consumers?

Dr. Robert Mullen, Director of Agronomy, Nutrien
10:10 - 10:30
Panel discussion

11:15 - 13:00
Global phosphate production perspectives

Representatives of leading phosphates and phosphate product producers from around the world share their market perspectives:

Brian Zatarain, CEO, ITAFOS
Andy Jung, Director, Market and Strategic Analysis, Mosaic

11:15 - 11:35
Increased environmental oversight leads to Chinese phosphate industry reorganisation

-          Impact of government environmental policy reform on profitability and market structure

-          What role will China play in global fertilizer markets if domestic demand dips?

11:35 - 11:55
Russian distribution network expansion based on strong domestic demand prospects

-          How improved crop margins have changed Russian fertilizer demand

-          Expansion of Russian production and potential impact on global trade

11:55 - 12:15
Slowly but surely: how MENA capacity ramp up continue to alter trade flows

-          Update on capacity expansions in Morocco and Saudi Arabia and likelihood of next stage of delivery arriving on the market

-          What impact have these gradual expansions had on regional trade dynamics as MENA producers eye new avenues for trade?

12:15 - 12:35
How are Brazilian phosphate producers responding to strong soybean demand conditions?

-          How are domestic crop prices, currency devaluation, farm margins and the US-China trade war’s impacting Brazilian fertilizer demand?

-          As the long-term requirements for nutrients increases, will the supply gap be filled by additional imports or local production?

12:35 - 13:00
Panel discussion

14:30 - 16:00
North American fertilizer distribution and trade panel discussion

Leading fertilizer distributors will discuss how the North American demand for fertilizer is changing and what are the main challenges and opportunities being faced in fertilizer distribution in the region:
-          How is the relationship with the farmer and the retailer and distributor evolving?
-          Importance of agronomy and soil science in the sales process?
-          How can fertilizer producers and the phosphates supply chain better support demand growth?
-          What are the bottlenecks in the fertilizer supply chain? Where is infrastructure investment most needed?

Peter Heffernan, Head of Fertilizer and Chemicals Consulting, CRU
Troy Bolt, Vice President and General Manager, Simplot Grower Solutions, JR Simplot

16:30 - 17:50
Phosphate Fertilizer Cost Dynamics

Alexander Derricott, Senior Analyst, Fertilizer Costs, CRU

16:30 - 16:50
Update on Rock Phosphates production costs and supply and demand overview

-          Will demand grow to meet capacity expansion?

-          What regions offer preferable margins?

-          How will EU cadmium restrictions affect trade?

16:50 - 17:10
What is the outlook for Merchant Ammonia?

-          Response to 2018 new supply

-          What new supply is in the pipeline?

-          Price and volatility outlook

17:10 - 17:30
How is the Sulphur market balanced?

-          Short- and long-term market tightness?

-          How are the oil markets impacting supply growth?

-          What is driving strong demand?

17:30 - 17:50
What freight cost volatility and supply chain bottlenecks have impacted global fertilizer trade?

-          What markets suffer from high fertilizer freight and transport costs?

-          Is there a risk of increased volatility in 2019

-          What infrastructure projects may impact trade flows?

09:00 - 10:30
Exploring the future of phosphate fertilizers


A showcase of the latest premium, specialty and value-added fertilizer products under development and discussion of the market potential in enhanced efficiency fertilizers, micronutrients and bio stimulants:he evolution of fertilizer market from commodities to NPKs and other products: 
-          What is the role of phosphates in the next generation of fertilizers being developed?
-          Operational implications and impact on traditional phosphates supply chain
-          Importance of building sustainable nutrient delivery products and applications

Josie Armstrong, Principal Consultant, CRU
Tommy Roach, Director, Product Development & Specialty Products, Nachurs Alpine Solutions

11:00 - 12:30
Diverse Phosphate Consumption Trends

11:00 - 11:20
Asian NPK and direct rock application opportunities

-          Agronomic insights and fertilizer consumption trends in Malaysian, Vietnamese, Thai and emerging Asian markets
-          Latest updates on NPK production across Asia and the potential impact on trade


11:20 - 11:40
Unleashing African fertilizer demand by supporting agribusiness development

-          How has growth in demand to date been achieved and what are the roadblocks to further growth?
-          Harnessing partnerships, innovation and investment to boost agribusiness
11:40 - 12:00
High quality phosphates: Identifying the next sources of demand

-          How are the industrial and food phosphates supply and demand balanced?
-          Is the industry now past regulatory related declines and will water soluble phosphate use lead new demand opportunities?


12:00 - 12:20
Understanding the feed phosphate scenario

-          How are global dietary patterns developing and what does this mean for meat demand?
-          Developments in meat industry regulation and phosphate replacement

14:00 - 15:30
Mining Phosphates: Project showcase and discussion panel

Latest updates from selected phosphate mining developments around the world and discussion of the key challenges and opportunities faced by project developers:
-          What is the long0term pipeline of project development and where is phosphate exploration being focused?
-          Project finance climate: Attitude to phosphate investment among investors and exploring alternative finance options
 -          How are operational options available to miners of more challenging phosphate deposits evaluated?

Louis Calvarin, CEO, Avenira