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Global Potash Market Report: 2015 Edition

Published on: Feb 2016 | From USD $800 | Published By: KONCEPT ANALYTICS | Number Of Pages: 56

Potash refers to a group of potassium bearing minerals and chemicals. The most dominant potash product in the market is the compound, potassium chloride (KCl), a naturally occurring, pink, salty mineral. For the most part, potash-bearing rock deposits are derived from the minerals in ancient seas that dried up millions of years ago. Fertilizer potash is principally derived from these potash rocks and requires separation from salt and other minerals.

More than 90% of the potash produced in the world is used for fertilizers. It is one of the three key ingredients for plant growth, which in turn is vital to meet growing food requirements. Its main functions include the production of sugar and starches, and the regulation of water conditions within the plant cells. It is also intimately linked with nitrogen use, by improving the effect of nitrogen fertilizer in the soil. Potassium activates over 60 enzymes which are involved in many important plant physiological processes.

It promotes photosynthesis, and intensifies the storage of assimilates; this is the reason why it is of particular importance for root and tuber crops such as potatoes. It also improves the quality and flavor of the vegetables and fruits. In brief, potassium raises yields and food value, builds disease resistance and improves shipping, handling and storage qualities. It is applied directly to soils, or physically mixed with other nutrients and applied directly, or chemically bound with nitrogen and /or phosphate. In animals, it helps growth and milk production. The most common forms of Potash are Potassium Chloride, Potassium Sulfate and Potassium Nitrate.

The key factors driving the growth of the potash market are growing demand of biofuels, rising global population, rising demand of rice and oil palm and declining arable land. Some of the noteworthy trends and developments of this industry are expansion in emerging countries and optimizing fertilizer application, rebound in potash consumption with favorable crop-to-potash price ratios and introduction of new potash projects. However, the expansion of global potash market is hindered by increasing concern of water availability, oversupply and falling prices of crop.

By combining SPSS Inc.ís data integration and analysis capabilities with our relevant findings, we have predicted the future growth of the market. We employed various significant variables that have an impact on this industry and created regression models with SPSS Base to determine the future direction of the industry. Before deploying the regression model, the relationship between several independent or predictor variables and the dependent variable was analyzed using standard SPSS output, including charts, tables and tests.

1. Market Overview

1.1 Potash Production

1.1.1 Conventional Underground Mining
1.1.2 Solution Mining
1.1.3 Potash Production Process

1.2 Types of Potash

1.2.1 Muriate of Potash (MOP)
1.2.2 Sulfate of Potash (SOP)
1.2.3 Potassium Magnesium Sulfate
1.2.4 Potassium Nitrate

1.3 Uses of Potash

2. Potash Market Analysis
-Consumption Growth
-Consumption by Region
-Consumption by Crop
-Production Growth
-Production by Region
-Capacity Growth
-Capacity by Region
-Potash Reserves
-Imports by Region

2.1 Regional Markets

2.1.1 East Asia
2.1.2 Latin America
2.1.3 North America
2.1.4 Western Europe

3. Market Dynamics

3.1 Growth Drivers

3.1.1 Rising Global Population
3.1.2 Economic Growth
3.1.3 Declining Arable Land
3.1.4 Rising Demand of Rice and Oil Palm
3.1.5 Growing Demand for Biofuels

3.2 Trends and Development

3.2.1 Expansion in Emerging Countries
3.2.2 Optimizing Fertilizer Application
3.2.3 Rebound in Potash Consumption with Favorable Crop-to-Potash Price Ratios
3.2.4 Introduction of New Potash Projects

3.3 Challenges

3.3.1 Increasing Concern of Water Availability
3.3.2 Oversupply
3.3.3 Falling Prices of Crop

4. Competitive Landscape

4.1 Global Market

4.2 Regional Markets

4.2.1 China
4.2.2 Europe
4.2.3 India
4.2.4 Brazil
4.2.5 Malaysia
4.2.6 The US

5. Company Profiles

5.1 Uralkali

5.1.1 Business Overview
5.1.2 Financial Overview
5.1.3 Business Strategies

5.2 Mosaic

5.2.1 Business Overview
5.2.2 Financial Overview
5.2.3 Business Strategies

5.3 PotashCorp

5.3.1 Business Overview
5.3.2 Financial Overview
5.3.3 Business Strategies

5.4 K+S

5.4.1 Business Overview
5.4.2 Financial Overview
5.4.3 Business Strategies

6. Market Outlook

6.1 Market Forecast

6.2 Forecast Methodology

6.2.1 Dependent and Independent Variables
6.2.2 Correlation Analysis
6.2.3 Regression Analysis

List of Charts

Account-Based Model
Two ways of Mining Potash
Potash Production Process
Types of Potash
Global Potash Consumption by End-Market (2014)
Global Potash Consumption (2008-2014)
Global Potash Consumption Share by Region (2014)
Global Potash Consumption by Crop (2014)
Global Potash Production (2008-2014)
Global Potash Production Share by Region (2014)
Global Potash Capacity (2010-2015E)
Global Potash Capacity by Region (2010-2015E)
Global Potash Reserves by Region (2014)
Global Potash Inventory by Region (2014)
Global Potash Imports by Region (2014/2015)
East Asia Potash Production/Consumption (2008-2014)
Latin America Potash Production/Consumption (2008-2014)
North America Potash Production/Consumption (2008-2014)
Western Europe Potash Production/Consumption (2008-2014)
Global Population (2008-2014)
Global GDP Growth (2006-2014)
Global Biofuels Production (2011-2018E)
Global Potash Market Share by Company (2014)
China Potash Market Share by Company (2014)
Europe Potash Market Share by Company (2014)
India Potash Market Share by Company (2014)
Brazil Potash Market Share by Company (2014)
Malaysian Potash Market Share by Company (2014)
The US Potash Market Share by Company (2014)
Uralkali’s Sales Volume by Region (2014)
Uralkali’s Revenue and Net Income (2010-2014)
Mosaic Net Sales by Business Segment (2014)
Mosaic Net Sales by Region (2014)
Mosaic Net Sales by Product Type (2014)
Mosaic Net Sales Net Income (2010-2014)
PotashCorp Net Sales by Business Segment (2014)
PotashCorp Net Sales and Net Income (2014)
K+S Revenue by Business Segment (2014)
K+S Revenue by Region (2014)
K+S Revenue and Net Income (2010-2014)
Global Potash Consumption Forecast (2014-2018E)

List of Tables

Potash Shaft Mining Depths by Region (2014)
Average Potash Prices in Key Importing Markets (2008-2017E)
Dependent & Independent Variables (2009¬Ė2014)
Correlation Matrix
Model Summary ¬Ė Coefficient of Determination
Regression Coefficients Output

Secondary Research Information is collected from a number of publicly available as well as paid databases. Public sources involve publications by different associations and governments, annual reports and statements of companies, white papers and research publications by recognized industry experts and renowned academia etc. Paid data sources include third party authentic industry databases.

Once data collection is done through secondary research, primary interviews are conducted with different stakeholders across the value chain like manufacturers, distributors, ingredient/input suppliers, end customers and other key opinion leaders of the industry. Primary research is used both to validate the data points obtained from secondary research and to fill in the data gaps after secondary research.

The market engineering phase involves analyzing the data collected, market breakdown and forecasting. Macroeconomic indicators and bottom-up and top-down approaches are used to arrive at a complete set of data points that give way to valuable qualitative and quantitative insights. Each data point is verified by the process of data triangulation to validate the numbers and arrive at close estimates.

The market engineered data is verified and validated by a number of experts, both in-house and external.

After the data is curated by the mentioned highly sophisticated process, the analysts begin to write the report. Garnering insights from data and forecasts, insights are drawn to visualize the entire ecosystem in a single report.

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