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Raw Materials & Fertilizers

Tricon is a leading player in the sulfuric acid market, sourcing from producers worldwide through long term offtake agreements, marketing arrangements and spot purchases, then selling and distributing the product to our industrial customer base. Tricon has rapidly grown its sulfuric acid business based on reliability, responsibility and excellent performance thanks its extensive in-house expertise, global reach and proven logistic capabilities.On the fertilizers business, Tricon focuses on taking advantage on our current trading activities and existing relationships with energy and petrochemicals business partners to provide additional value to the fertilizer marketplace. In Tricon we participate in the global physical market of nitrogen, phosphates and potassium fertilizers, and we provide supply chain and logistic services while building our portfolio of customer and suppliers worldwide based on service and performance.


18% Sales

Raw Materials and Fertilizers is projected to make up 18% of Tricon’s total 2018 sales.

2.5m Physical Volume (MT)

In 2018, Raw Materials and Fertilizers estimates selling more than 2.5 million metric tons globally.

22 Countries

In 2018, Tricon sold Raw Materials and Fertilizers to 22 countries worldwide.

5 Products

The Raw Materials and Fertilizers’ business unit sold 5 distinct products in 2018.

Frequently asked questions...

  1. What is the history of Sulfuric acid?

    Sulfuric acid is one the most widely used chemical commodities in the world. With a global consumption of approximately 265 million mt, sulfuric acid usage is a good barometer of the economy and an indicator of industrial development. Sulfur is the usual feedstock to produce sulfuric acid, but important volumes are also produced by capturing the sulfur dioxide obtained from sulfide ore roasting in the copper, zinc and lead smelting process. Main application of sulfuric acid is the production of fertilizers, but it is also used to manufacture other products like pigments, pulp and paper, fibers, detergents, batteries, specialty chemicals, water flocculants and for the processing of mineral ores and metal refining.

  2. What is the history of sulfur and how does Tricon add value in the supply chain?

    Sulfur is a chemical element, originating from Oil and Gas or Mining industries and marketed into a wide range of businesses, mainly phosphate production, metal leaching and other chemical and fertilizer industries. Our Sulfur department originates, markets, transports and distributes Sulfur worldwide while our local teams maintain a global presence offering our services in various locations around the clock. Tricon sulfur business is designed Global but is performed Local, as we operate through various local distribution networks in China and Africa. This is for us a way to provide liquidity to our suppliers at all times, but also provide our customers with tailor made quantity, structured finance and creative offtake solutions. Through various agreements, both our offtake and supply arrangements, are structured around long term contracts making Tricon a player in all market conditions. We have first-hand knowledge not only to market sulfur but also to handle it safely, complying not only with all international and local rules and regulations, but also observing and promoting best industry practices in terms of HSSE. At Tricon, we are proud to offer industry level best service while we continue developing and maintaining close relationships with our counterparts.

  3. What is the importance of fertilizers and what are the primary elements of the product?

    Fertilizer is an important material which is applied to the plant or soil in order to add more nutrients and help increase the yield of the plant. With the world population increasing by almost 2% per year, it is becoming more crucial to find ways to increase the yield and limit the risk of global food shortage. There are three important elements in fertilizers which are used for plant application: N, P, K

    *Dry form: Urea, Ammonium nitrate, Ammonium sulphate
    *Liquid form: UAN (Urea ammonium nitrate)

    Phosphate (P)
    *Phosphate Rock
    *Diamonium Phosphate (DAP)
    *Monomoammonium Phsphate (MAP)
    *Triple super phosphate (TSP)
    *Super Phosphate

    Potash (K)

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