Raw Materials & Fertilizers
Tricon is a leading player in the raw material and fertilizer markets, 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. Products traded include sulphuric acid, sulfur, petroleum coke, bauxite, and fertilizers. Tricon has rapidly grown this business based on reliability, responsibility and excellent performance.
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Frequently asked questions...
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.
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.
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)
*Diamonium Phosphate (DAP)
*Monomoammonium Phsphate (MAP)
*Triple super phosphate (TSP)
Why Tricon for your dry bulk needs?
One word: Value. We provide value added for both the producers and the consumers. While not an easy task, we are able to utilize our supply chain resources to provide better value to both the producers and end consumers keeping the product flow at minimal costs and direct.
Contractual Excellence: Ease of contractual administration and execution by a very well versed team in contractual negotiations is a guarantee. Flexibility, understanding, responsibility, professionalism and reasonableness are all part of the contractual negotiation process for our business partners.
Experience: Selling more than 2.5 million metric tons per year makes our team highly skilled and experienced. Our colleagues are experts in their commodities, bringing invaluable experience to Tricon. While we provide our less experienced talent time for growth through our mentoring program, Tricon Academia, the decision rights remain with each experienced and tenured expert in the field. The freight team is chartering more than 200 vessels annually ranging in size from coastal vessels of 5,000 metric tons to cape vessels moving more than 135,000 metric tons in one shipment. The combination of talent at all levels, enthusiasm for our business every day, and pride to be the best ensure excellence for our business partners.
The company headquarters is in Houston and my time zone is on the other side of the world. How is this managed?
Tricon is a team which consists of nearly 500 colleagues working to ensure customer satisfaction. We utilize the closest office to always make sure there is a local point of contact to ensure the ease of transaction for each business partner.