25 March - 27 March 2020
Four Seasons Hotel, Shanghai, China

Argus Asia Fertilizer

Added-value fertilizers focus sessions

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  • 13:00
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  • 13:10
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks
  • 13:10
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  • 13:40
  • Rising opportunities and new products for added-value fertilizer in Asia Oreopoulos C - Managing Director Greece, Balkans and Middle East, COMPO EXPERT

     

  • Increasing adoption of AVF in Asia: What does this mean for producers?
  • Navigating the different regulatory guidelines for biostimulants
  • Future prospects for water soluble fertilizers and biostimulants 
  • Strategies for encouraging wider use of added-value fertilizers 

 

  • 13:40
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  • 14:10
  • Impact of Indian subsidy programme: Initiatives and policies for advanced plant nutrient management Madhab Adhikari - Associate Vice President, Sales & Marketing; Specialty Nutrients Division, Coromandel International Limited

• What is the scale of market opportunity for specialty fertilizers in India?
• Analysis of the economic and environmental benefits that added-value fertilizer can bring
• Balancing environmental sustainability and commercial development
• Understanding customer demand for specialty fertilisers in India

  • 14:10
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  • 14:40
  • Panel discussion: Evolving specifications and higher levels of demand: What this means for the added value fertilizers market in APAC Panellists include - Sinofert,SSG International, Fertilizer Australia, Coromandel


• Risk and opportunities in China and India: The two big players in Asia
• Strategies to move into price-sensitive regional markets: Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam
• Australia and New Zealand’s demand for high quality produce and its impact on added value fertilizers

Panellists:
Xu Shuang, General Manager of Nitrogen, Fertex Business Department, Sinofert
Madhab Adhikari, Associate Vice President, Sales & Marketing; Specialty Nutrients Division, Coromandel
Son Nguyen, Director, SSG International, Vietnam
Stephen Annells, Executive Manager, Fertilizer Australia
  • 14:40
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  • 15:00
  • Afternoon networking break
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Technical paper: How can smart technologies boost crop yields and limit nitrogen losses?
  • Impact of technology and agribusiness
  • How can Fert Tech help to improve crop yields?
  • Are Blockchain, AI, digitalisation or IoT having a real impact on fertilizer market development
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Government's perspective on advanced water-soluble fertilizer science and updates on quality standard in China Wang Hong - Executive Director, China National Centre for Quality Supervision and Test of Chemical Fertilizers (Beijing) 
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Panel discussion: Advancements in enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEF)  - regulations, performance and range of products Panellists include -  China National Center for Quality Supervision and Test of Chemical Fertilizers (Shanghai) ,Anhui Huilong Agriculture Means of Production Co. Lted ,Zhejiang Aofutuo Chemical Co.,Ltd
  • Drivers of demand and future growth in coated fertilizers and nitrification inhibitors
  • Perspectives from major producers on the research and investments into new materials such as nanoparticles
  • New fertilizer standards and products to meet China’s agronomic, economic, and environmental goals
  • Develop your company’s own potential to enter China’s EEF market for 2025

    Panelists:
    Shang Zhaocong, Deputy Director, China National Center for Quality Supervision and Test of Chemical Fertilizers (Shanghai)
    Xu Feng, General Manager, International Trade, Anhui Huilong Agriculture Means of Production Co. Ltd
    Dai Feng, CTO, Zhejiang Aofutuo Chemical Co.,Ltd
  • 17:00
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  • 18:00
  • Round table discussions open to all participants with high level topics
  • 18:30
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  • 20:30
  • Dinner cruise on the Bund river and view the iconic light show

Digital farming workshop

Start End
  • 15:30
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  • 17:00
  • Case study: Digital farming platform

• Exploring innovative business solutions to integrate technology and agronomy
• Ability to respond optimally to weather conditions giving real time recommendations
• Access to customised data to specific needs of individual fields and crops




Global trends and opportunities for Asia

Start End
  • 08:30
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  • 09:20
  • Registration, coffee and exhibition open
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chairperson’s welcome and antitrust reminder Xie Fang - Senior Analyst, Argus 
  • 09:30
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  • 10:00
  • Opening keynote: Macroeconomic outlook in soft commodities and the impact on the agriculture market
  • Global and Asian economic overview  
  • Macroeconomic forecast for the coming five years  
  • Longer term outlook on commodities supply and demand balances  
  • International affairs and policy changes and their implications on the fertilizer market  
  • Asia’s main fertilizer export markets’ growth and trends: Latin America and Brazil
  • 10:00
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  • 10:40
  • Panel discussion: How is the Chinese fertilizer industry dealing with the pressure from China’s zero growth target? Panellists include - China Phosphate Fertilizer Industry Association, China Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry Association, Potash Branch, China Inorganic Salt Industry Association
  • Nitrogen market changes: urea futures listed, challenges and solutions for environmental protection
  • How are Chinese companies adjusting capacities to the rate of production? 
  • China’s fertilizer tariff removal - its profound impact on NPK, SOP and phosphates

    Moderator:
    Lynn Wang, Senior Analyst, Argus

    Panelists:
    Li Guang, Secretary General, China Phosphate Fertilizer Industry Association
    Wang Liqing, Secretary General, China Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry Association
    Chen Guofu, Secretary General – Potash Branch, China Inorganic Salt Industry Association
  • 10:40
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  • 11:20
  • Morning networking break

Start End
  • 11:20
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  • 11:40
  • Case Study: Transforming the fertilizer industry though digitalisation Xu Shuang - General Manager of Nitrogen, Fertex Business Department, Sinofert
  • What does the pathway to digitalisation look like for the fertilizer sector?
  • Sinochem’s B2B platform: Latest update since launch in July 2019
  • Unlocking the value at scale and ensuring cooperation across the ecosystem 
  • 11:40
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  • 12:00
  • Urea futures: Risk management with effective hedging Guo Shuhua - Director of Department of Non-Agricultural Products, Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange
  • Global trade overview - price forecast, policy changes and production capacity
  • Current development of China’s urea futures since its launch in August 2019
  • Coal and natural gas prices and how they impacts urea output
  • 12:00
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  • 12:20
  • Managing price risk through fertilizer swaps Senior representative - Freight Investor Services

  • Better management of rapidly changing prices  
  • Industry leading risk management  
  • Physical delivery for contract  
  • 12:20
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  • 13:00
  • Panel discussion: Why is China’s urea so important for the global market? Panellists include - Sinofert,SinoAgri,Inner Mongolia Talent Chemical Fertilizer Co.,Ltd,Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange ,Shandong Ruixing International and Asende
• SinoAgri’s view on urea international trade volumes and price forecast
• Sinofert’s perspective on urea domestic trade and analysis
• Practical advices on India’s urea tender
• Case study: Ruixing’s new manufacturing plant and rising urea output
• Decreasing urea exports: Could China change from importer to exporter in three years?

Moderator:
Gavin Chong, VP, Asia, Fertilizers, Argus

Panelists:
Sun Yuze, Deputy General Manager of Nitrogen Department, Sinofert
Hu Yanli, Deputy General Manager, International Trade, SinoAgri
Cong Lintao, Vice Chairman, Inner Mongolia Talent Chemical Fertilizer
Guo Shuhua, Director of Department of Non-Agricultural Products, Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange
Song Hongqiu, General Manager, Sales department, Shandong Ruixing International
Wang Jialin, Senior Director, International Trade, Asende
  • 13:00
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch

Track A | Market spotlights

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  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Overcoming challenges with logistics costs to seize opportunities in the Australian fertilizer market Stephen Annells - Executive Manager, Fertilizer Australia
• Supply and demand factors that impact the Australian market
• Improvements of fertilizer efficiency and implications on business
• Regional opportunities and how to overcome the obstacles
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • The EU ban on palm oil and the implications for fertilizer prices and demand

• Would low palm oil prices lead to further cutbacks in fertilizer usage?
• Strategies for fertilizer producers for Malaysian and Indonesian markets

  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Afternoon networking break
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • How will the Latin American markets navigate growth in the fertilizer industry and adapt to new supply patterns? Guilherme Filho - Director of Agricultural Policies and information, CONAB
  • Fertilizer distribution flows and logistics costs
  • Implications of changing agricultural trends on fertilizer demand
  • Production forecasts of main crops in Brazil
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • India’s fertilizer policy initiatives and their impact on market dynamics Satish Chander - Director General, The Fertiliser Association of India
  •  Recent changes and improvements in the Indian fertilizer subsidy programme
  • Is the fertilizer market open to greater competition?
  • What developments are being made towards urea self-sufficiency in India?
  • 16:30
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  • 17:00
  • Exhibition tour
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Evening networking dinner

Track B | Biostimulants break out

Start End
  • 14:00
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  • 14:05
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks
  • 14:05
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  • 14:35
  • Role of biostimulants in making agriculture more sustainable Session Reserved for AlgaEnergy
• How do biostimulants fit into the UN’s sustainable development goals?
• Micro-Algae: A novel approach to the production of agricultural products
• Production and processing for use in agriculture
• Case study: A platform for the production and development of agricultural biostimulants
• Challenges and strategies for wider use of added-value fertilizers
  • 14:35
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  • 15:00
  • Overcoming harmonisation challenges in the biostimulants market
  • What are the main challenges to achieving international harmonisation?
  • Control measures: Balancing the need to prevent fraudulent and harmful products without impeding product innovation
  • Harmonisation and elimination of barriers
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Biostimulants science and technology to improve plant nutrition
  • How to improve resistance and quality of crops
  • Different and customised technologies to benefit nutrient efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress and crop quality

Tracks on NPKs, and sulphur and sulphuric acid

Track A | Market outlook for N, P, K

Start End
  • 08:30
  • -
  • 09:00
  • Registration, coffee and exhibition opens
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks
  • 09:10
  • -
  • 09:40
  • Argus forecast: Global fertilizer demand and supply, forecasting future trends  Andrea Valentini - Principal, Consulting Services, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, Argus
  • Implications of environmental, economic and social developments on the market and prices
  • Special focus on Brazil’s fertilizer consumption and India’s market demand  
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • How will consolidation among Chinese phosphate producers affect the global market? Mike Nash - Principal, Consulting Services, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, Argus
  • How the industry consolidation will affect the market prices
  • What are the main opportunities and challenges to overcome?
  • Asia processed phosphates capacities and implications on the global supply

  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • Asia’s potash market and its growing path: How a stronger global demand, and tighter supply are affecting prices and the global market
  • Chinese potash demand in coming years
  • New and worldwide players due to new projects
  • Indian MOP demands
  • Where global import growth will be coming from in the next few  years
  • 10:40
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  • 11:20
  • Panel discussion: Demand and production outlook of NPK in Asia  Panellists include - Shindoo Chemi-Industry, Wintrue, Xinyangfeng Agriculture Technology and Kingenta Group
  • Market volatility in AS, DAP, NPK 
  • Coal and nature gas prices and impact on the raw materials
  • NPK price forecast in the next 2-5 years 
  • Global demand and supply changes
  • New technology biological controls, formulations and optimises efficient production  

    Panellists:
    Liu Xiaoxia, Deputy Vice President, Shindoo Chemi-Industry, Wintrue
    Zhao Chengyun, Vice President, Xinyangfeng Agricultural Technology
    Zhai Jidong, Vice President, Kingenta Group

  • 11:20
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  • 12:00
  • Morning networking break

Fertilizer sustainability

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  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Overcoming challenges for the fertilizer industry derived from the utilisation of phosphogypsum (PG)
  • Main environmental impacts associated with PG     
  • Best practices of the “wet acid method” of phosphate acid production
  • Which technologies could increase PG utilisation?
  • 12:30
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  • 13:00
  • How can the fertilizer industry transform industrial waste into production?
  • The need to improve efficiency and sustainability in fertilizer production
  • What approaches have been taken to strengthen environmental protection during the production process?
  • How can the fertilizer industry further increase its accountability and sustainability?

  • 13:00
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  • 14:30
  • Light buffet lunch

Track B | Sulphur and sulphuric acid forum

Start End
  • 08:30
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  • 09:00
  • Registration, coffee and exhibition opens
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks
  • 09:10
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  • 9:40
  • Global overview of the sulphur market Claira Lloyd - Editor and Sulphur Fertilizers Team Leader, Argus
  • International trade flows  
  • SOP capacities  
  • Supply drivers 
  • New projects 
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Analysis of China’s sulphur supply and demand: Current import dynamics and the future for production capacity Li Chong - Secretary General, China Sulfuric Acid Industry Association
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • Impact of phosphate to sulphur market Chen Guofu - Secretary General - Potash Branch, China Inorganic Salt Industry Association
  • 10:40
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  • 11:00
  • Global overview of sulphuric acid Kate Wilcock - Editor, Sulphuric Acid, Argus
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Comparison of different process flows when producing sulphuric acid
  • 11:20
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  • 12:00
  • Morning networking break
  • 12:00
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  • 12:20
  • Review of Russian market as sulphur producer
  • Sulphur production and sales
  • Sulphur exportation and distribution
  • Logistics: ports and terminals
  • 12:20
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  • 12:40
  • Evaluation of supply condition of major refineries in China
  • 12:40
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  • 13:00
  • Global capacity and distribution of sulphur production: Middle East ports and distribution sales strategies after increased sulphur supply in the region
  • Regional production trends
  • International supply and demand trends
  • Gas production developments