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Argus Fertilizer Asia Conference

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April 2025
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2024 Agenda

For future speaking opportunities, please contact: emily.harris@argusmedia.com.

Sulphur markets focus day (*Main conference + Sulphur Focus Day pass or All Access Pass holders only)

Sulphur focus day begins

08:00 - 09:35

Morning registration and networking

09:35 - 09:40

Sulphur markets focus day welcome and chairperson's opening remarks

Maria Maria Mosquera

Maria Mosquera

Editor - Sulphur
Argus

Asian sulphur production and Argus views

09:40 - 10:25

Keynote producer’s panel: The future of sulphur markets across the Asian continent

- How are decarbonisation strategies being implemented by large-scale oil and gas producers expected to impact the production of sulphur?
- How important is pushing the use of sulphur as a valuable crop nutrient as well as a commodity for fertilizer production when considering future production plans?
- How has the sulphur industry adapted to the challenges of recent years such as conflict in Europe and the pandemic to bolster for the future?

Speakers Include:

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Amit Pradhan

Product Head - Sulphur
Reliance Industries
Komal Shah Bhukhanwala

Komal Shah Bhukhanwala

Director R&D and IP
SML Limited (formerly Sulphur Mills Limited)
Raza Soomar

Raza Soomar

Managing Director
RNZ Group

Moderator:

Maria Maria Mosquera

Maria Mosquera

Editor - Sulphur
Argus
10:25 - 10:55

Argus insights: Sulphur markets in focus

- When will we see the market change from current over supply of sulphur? Could we be headed toward oversupply of sulphuric acid?
- Why did prices decline in 2023 and how are they expected to recover in 2024 and beyond?
- What is the Argus outlook for sulphur and sulphuric acid in the short-, med- and long-term?

Maria Maria Mosquera

Maria Mosquera

Editor - Sulphur
Argus

Morning break

10:55 - 11:40

Networking and refreshments break

Sulphur as a crop nutrient and sulphuric acid

11:40 - 12:10

Sulphur: The 4th major crop nutrient

- Look at sulphur as a nutrient essential for the healthy development of crops instead of as a commodity.
- Discover why sulphur is often referred to as ‘the 4th major nutrient’ for crops including its benefits to crops such as increasing yield, forming amino acids, proteins, chlorophyll formation and more.
- Why is agronomy so important and why should fertilizer producers pay attention when considering their future product offerings.

Alan Blaylock

Alan Blaylock

Senior Agronomist
Nutrien
12:10 - 12:45

Is the demand competition for acid going to have lasting impact on the sulphuric acid industry in China?

- How are MAP (monoammonium phosphate) and DAP (diammonium phosphate) fertilizer quotas and changing export controls in China – the largest global DAP export market – affecting sulphuric acid demand?
- How are market applications for sulphuric acid growing and diversifying?
- The Chinese sulphuric acid market is expected to continue growing in the future – how can companies ensure they are best placed to meet this demand?

Speakers include:

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Fang Xie

Lead Analyst - Editorial
Argus

Lunch

12:45 - 14:30

Lunch

Phosphate fertilizers and metals: Parallel markets

14:30 - 15:00

Phosphate fertilizer market outlook: Raw material competition and demand rebounds for 2024

- Understand the key demand and supply hubs for phosphate rock and phosphoric acid across Asia and how this has developed in recent years.
- Recent years have seen the curtailment of phosphate fertilizer exports from China to ensure their domestic supply was sustained. How has the impact of these restrictions been felt and how long will we continue to see these impacts?
- What role will environmental legislation across Asia, and specifically China, have to play in the coming years?

Speakers Include:

Claira Lloyd 180

Claira Lloyd

Senior Manager Consulting
Argus
15:00 - 15:30

New trader opportunities: Metals and sulphur across the Middle East and Asia

• How can the sulphur industry make the most of the opportunities presented by a boom in interest from the metals industry?
• What metal producing countries are demand hubs for sulphur and how can traders benefit from this?
• How has metals and sulphur trading from the Middle East to countries such as China developed in the last few years?

Speaker:

Bella Yu

Bella Yu

Marketing Director
Wuxi Stainless Steel Exchange

Moderator:

Deon Ngee

Deon Ngee

Senior Reporter
Argus
15:30 - 16:00

Argus insights: How have the fundamentals of the sulphur market changed with recent developments from the metals industry

• Sulphur and sulphuric acid markets have traditionally always been driven by the global fertilizer industry. How much has the metals industry in Asia begun to disrupt this traditional trade flow?
• How much sulphur are these new companies buying and how might this impact the sulphur and sulphuric acid supply chains?
• What are the historic buying patterns key companies in the metals industry have adopted? What countries are emerging as key demand hubs for sulphur in their metals trade?

Speaker:

Deon Ngee

Deon Ngee

Senior Reporter
Argus

Moderator:

Maria Maria Mosquera

Maria Mosquera

Editor - Sulphur
Argus

Interactive working group roundtables

15:45 - 16:30

Interactive working group roundtables

Join a round table of 10-15 participants and an expert moderator who will lead you through a series of questions on topics discussed during this focus day and collaborate to find the answers whilst making new, specific connections ahead of the networking reception. Moderators to be announced shortly.

Table 1: Metals

How can the sulphur industry make the most of the opportunities presented by a boom in interest from the metals industry?

Table 2: Sulphur as a crop nutrient

How can the fertilizer industry work together to boost the importance of agronomics and specifically sulphur across the extended value chain?

Table 3: Phosphate fertilizers

How are DAP and MAP markets evolving in 2024 and beyond across Asia?

Table 4: Sulphur in a decarbonising world

How can sulphur producers in this key region work together to ensure continued stable supply of sulphur considering future decarbonization plans?

Sulphur markets focus day concludes

16:30 - 16:35

Chairperson's closing remarks

Maria Maria Mosquera

Maria Mosquera

Editor - Sulphur
Argus
16:35 - 16:40

Sulphur markets focus day concludes

Welcome networking reception (open to all attendees)

17:00 - 19:00

Networking reception hosted by co-host sponsor IK Group

Main conference day one

08:00 - 08:50

Morning registration and networking

09:00 - 09:05

Producer's opening remarks

Speaker:

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Emily Harris

Conference Producer
Argus
09:05 - 09:10

Chairperson's opening remarks

Speaker:

Tim Cheyne

Tim Cheyne

SVP - Global Head of Agriculture, Fertilizers, Ammonia, DEF
Argus

Host sponsor welcome addresses

09:10 - 09:15

Welcome address from co-host sponsor IK Group

Speaker:

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Kamal Huseynov

CEO
IK Group

Macro Asian industry views

09:15 - 10:00

Keynote producers panel: How are fertilizer producers adapting their product offerings to promote sustainable agriculture and ensure food security?

- How are government and individual company initiatives pushing for better nutrient management affecting Asian fertilizer production, consumption, and agricultural markets?
- In terms of finance, what type of institutions are investing in the fertilizer industry and why? Will the bulk of financing for a green fertilizer industry be private or public?
- What role will specialty fertilizers play in the future of the Asia region’s development?

Speakers include:

Dr Harri Kiiski

Dr Harri Kiiski

CEO
Brunei Fertilizer Industries
zhang-jian

Zhang Jian

General Manager
Wintrue
zhao-chengyun-yangfeng

Zhao Chengyun

Vice General Manager
Xinyangfeng Agricultural Technology Co., Ltd (Yonfer)
Rahmad Pribadi

Rahmad Pribadi

CEO
PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero)

Moderator:

Andrea Valentini

Andrea Valentini

VP - Business Development Ammonia
Argus
10:00 - 10:30

Argus market update: How to position yourself in the Asia fertilizer market for success

- What are the latest trends in the Asia fertilizer markets and what is the outlook for the short- med- and long-term?
- How is demand for specialty fertilizers growing across the region? Is this affecting demand for NPK fertilizers?

Speaker:

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Huijun Yao

Editor - Asia Fertilizer
Argus

Moderator:

Andrea Valentini

Andrea Valentini

VP - Business Development Ammonia
Argus

Morning break

10:30 - 11:30

Networking and refreshments break

Conference resumes

11:30 - 11:45

Fireside chat with IK Group

Speaker:

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Kamal Huseynov

CEO
IK Group

Moderator:

Tim Cheyne

Tim Cheyne

SVP - Global Head of Agriculture, Fertilizers, Ammonia, DEF
Argus
11:45 - 12:15

Powering fertilizer production with natural gas: Understanding market fundamentals in global gas demand

- What is the link between energy and fertilizers and how do gas prices affect nitrogen fertilizer affordability?
- Understanding gas supply security in southeast Asia - balancing domestic energy and feedstock demand
- How can Asian and Middle Eastern gas originators ensure a reliable, sustainable supply of gas for fertilizer production across the region?

Speaker:

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Samuel Good

Editor - LNG
Argus

Moderator:

Tim Cheyne

Tim Cheyne

SVP - Global Head of Agriculture, Fertilizers, Ammonia, DEF
Argus

Lunch

12:15 - 13:00

Lunch and networking break

Ags and grains across the Asian continent

13:10 - 13:30

Rice and grains: How is fertilizer demand evolving alongside major crop production at the country and regional levels?

- How has grain production evolved across Asia in recent years and how has this impacted the types of fertilizers needed across the continent?
- How has paddy soil fertility changed in recent years and what is the impact on fertilizer management? Can new AgriTech advancements such as nutrient mapping or precision agriculture assist with sustainable fertilizer management in paddy soil?
- What role could specialty fertilizers play in meeting the demand for rice and grains across the region?

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Vinisa Saynes Santillan

Co-Coordinator of the International Network of Soil Fertility and Fertilizers (INSOILFER)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Yuxin Tong

FAO Land and Water Officer (Soil fertility and fertilizer) and INSOILFER Coordinator
United Nations Food and Agriculture Office
Evgeniya Dudinova

Dr. Evgeniya Dudinova

Procurement Director Commodities/Grains
Agthia Group PJSC
13:30 - 14:00

Argus presents: The palm oil outlook for 2024 and beyond

- What does the future of the palm oil market look like? What are the main drivers of palm oil supply and demand?
- How is fluctuating palm oil pricing affecting demand for NPK fertilizers?
- How is legislation and environmental policies affecting palm oil and wider edible oil production and trade?

Speakers Include:

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Carlos Perez

VP Data Science, Chemicals
Argus
14:00

Speaker:

Tim Cheyne

Tim Cheyne

SVP - Global Head of Agriculture, Fertilizers, Ammonia, DEF
Argus

Afternoon break

14:00 - 14:45

Networking and refreshments break

Argus Fertilizer Fast Track (*Main conference + Fertilizer Fast Track pass or All Access Pass holders only)

14:30 - 17:00

Argus fertilizer fast track

The fast track is designed for those looking to boost their fertilizer market knowledge with in-person presentations from Argus market specialists. The materials will be available to download post-event and you will be able to interact one-on-one during the conference to get your most pressing questions answered.

14:$5 - 15:30

Nitrogen

Speaker:

Harry Minihan

Harry Minihan

Editor – Phosphates
Argus
15:30 - 16:15

Phosphates and sulphur

Speaker:

Claira Lloyd 180

Claira Lloyd

Senior Manager Consulting
Argus
16:15 - 17:00

Potash

Speaker:

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David Riley

Manager - Consulting
Argus

Day one round-up (open to all attendees)

17:00 - 17:15

Day one round-up

Join your Argus chairperson for a short review of the main points shared during all discussions on day one. This is perfect to attend if you have been busy in meetings all day and want to catch up.

Speakers Include:

Tim Cheyne

Tim Cheyne

SVP - Global Head of Agriculture, Fertilizers, Ammonia, DEF
Argus

Evening networking reception

17:15

Formula One experience hosted by diamond sponsor Quest Group - Buses depart at 5.15pm

Enjoy a themed evening at the famous Yas Marina Formula One racing track to unwind after a busy day of content and meetings on 24 April.

Buses will depart the hotel at 5.15pm. First come, first serve.

Main conference day two

08:00

Morning registration and networking

09:55 - 10:00

Chairperson's opening remarks

CEO Roundtable (by invitation only)

08:00 - 09:45

CEO Invitational Sustainability Roundtable

Sustainability: Not just a buzzword, but the key to Asian export success

10:15 - 10:45

Asia’s trading must-know: Why the EU’s CBAM is integral to the future success and international competitiveness of Asia’s fertilizer production and export business

CBAM (carbon border adjustment mechanism) is a tool implemented to put a fair price on carbon emitted during the production of carbon intensive goods entering the EU. This is designed to encourage cleaner industrial production in countries outside the EU and prevent carbon leakage in supply chains.

- Fertilizers, along with hydrogen, have been identified as two of the six carbon intensive industries and at risk of carbon leakage, and as such exports from the Middle East and Asia will be subjected to CBAM procedures.
- Why do Asian fertilizer producers need to know about CBAM? Understanding scope 1,2 & 3 emissions, and why it is so important that Asia remains competitive in a global export market.
- How will the CBAM be enforced and what are the next steps to take for Asian producers and traders?

Speaker:

Dr. Maen Nsour

Dr. Maen Nsour

CEO
Arab Potash Company

Moderator:

Andrea Valentini

Andrea Valentini

VP - Business Development Ammonia
Argus
10:45 - 11:15

INSOILFER keynote: Building a sustainable international network on soil fertility and fertilizers

- Learn about the International Network on Soil Fertility and Fertilizers (INSOILFER)'s work and why it is essential to pay attention to soil health when considering long-term sustainability in agriculture
- How can understanding soil fertility and soil health increase the efficiency of fertilizer application - such as avoiding underuse or overuse - and how does this benefit the crop yield and nutrition?
- What are the main learnings that INSOILFER has discovered and how can the fertilizer and agriculture supply chain benefit from these learnings?

Speaker:

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Yuxin Tong

FAO Land and Water Officer (Soil fertility and fertilizer) and INSOILFER Coordinator
United Nations Food and Agriculture Office

Moderator:

Andrea Valentini

Andrea Valentini

VP - Business Development Ammonia
Argus
11:15 - 11:45

Towards a sustainable agri-future: What role do specialty fertilizers have in the future of fertilizer production and consumption in Asia?

· Understand the present agri-challenges facing both Asia and Middle Eastern markets
· What are specialty fertilizers, how do they differ from traditional offerings and what are their benefits in terms of sustainability, yields, crop nutrition and much more?
· What is the need for super specialty fertilizers to mitigate climatic changes and ensure food security in the long term?

Speaker:

Raza Soomar

Raza Soomar

Managing Director
RNZ Group

Day two round up and closing remarks

11:45 - 12:00

Day two round-up and chairperson's farewell and closing remarks

Join your Argus chairperson for a short review of the main points shared during all discussions on day two. This is perfect to attend if you have been busy in meetings all morning and want to catch up.

Lunch

12:00 - 13:00

Conference concludes and lunch

Afternoon private meetings and networking

13:00 - 17:00

Private meetings and networking

Continue your meetings and networking opportunities.