Fertilizer Technology Perspectives: Innovation on the Horizon
The Global Technical Symposium takes place every two years at the beginning of April and is for IFA members only. This time it is organized by the Technical Committee in partnership with IFA’s working group on Innovation & Research. Our 2014 event is supported by the Dutch Association of Fertilizer Producers (VKP).
Approximately 150 technology leaders from around 50 countries will meet in Europe’s perhaps most vibrant city center to discuss the topic of innovation in fertilizers. Best practices will be shared on new production processes, more efficient utilization, etc. Side events will include an open meeting of IFA’s working group on NORM in Phosphogypsum.
And on Day 3, all participants are invited to attend a technical site visit. They may choose between Yara’s nitrogen production facility in Sluiskil to discover its innovative WarmCO₂ (Green Security) project and the PK/NPK production facility of ICL Fertilizers Europe in Amsterdam.
This combination of thinking-outside-the-box plus world-class practice and great networking opportunities makes Amsterdam 2014 the global technical conference not to be missed!
It gives me great pleasure to announce IFA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014 which will be held in the spectacular city of Sydney from 26 to 28 May 2014.
Allow me to draw your attention to a couple of items on the program. Our opening session will focus on Smart Growth: Promoting Effective and Efficient Fertilizer Use, and feature a panel discussion with international experts on nutrient stewardship and nutrient use efficiency. As you know, these are priority topics for all of us at IFA, and they are also featuring more and more in national and international policy fora.
In line with IFA’s renewed emphasis on effective communications, we are also planning a special session to present and discuss the findings of a reputational analysis of the international fertilizer industry, which IFA is commissioning with an international public relations firm. These findings will allow us – jointly as IFA – but also as national and regional fertilizer industry associations and as individual companies to enhance our respective communications and advocacy strategies.
Our Council and Annual General Assembly meeting will provide an update of and seek your input on key IFA activities; an important agenda item here is a detailed presentation and discussion of IFA’s new governance structure, following on the broad outlines agreed to at our Enlarged Council meeting in Paris last December. IFA staff will – as usual – present the ever popular demand and supply market outlooks.
IFA’s Gala Dinner, featuring as always first class home grown entertainment, will be held on Wednesday, 28 May at the Australian Technology Park. We are most grateful to Incitec Pivot Fertilisers and Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers for co-sponsoring what promises to be an enchanting evening with us! Let me also convey IFA’s gratitude to Shandong Kingenta Ecological Engineering Co., Ltd for sponsoring the Welcome Reception on Monday, 26 May.
In closing, let me note that we are doing justice to the great city of Syndey and its surroundings by offering no less than five excursion packages!
Tom O’Leary, IFA’s Vice President for Oceania, and I look forward to welcoming you “down under” this May!
This event offers an excellent opportunity to interact with senior executives from major international fertilizer producers and trading companies. A special emphasis will be placed on supply-related issues. This conference is designed by the IFA Production and International Trade Committee for all IFA members.
Focusing on the pivotal Asian region and Pacific basin, IFA’s Crossroads Asia-Pacific is an extremely popular event, with some 300 participants in attendance.
This event is organized under the guidance of the Regional Vice Presidents for all IFA members with an interest in Asia and the Pacific as well as newcomers acquainting themselves with the Association in view of potential membership.
The situation and outlook for the fertilizer industry are examined at this meeting, during which members of the IFA Council and Chief Executives of its member companies convene to adopt the following year’s budget.