Demand for urea is on the rise worldwide, and is expected to continue to grow in the years ahead, at a rate of 3-4%, and faster in the case of DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid).
Granular urea destined mainly for agricultural markets
IFFCO Canada plans to channel supply through La Coop fédérée to markets in Québec, elsewhere in Canada and the eastern United States. Surplus production will be exported mainly to markets within North America.
A portion of the granular urea may also be used to supply various industrial markets: synthetic resins, melamine, pigments, cosmetics and various pharmaceutical products. Livestock feed for ruminants could also be considered as a target market since granular urea is used as a nutritional supplement in this industry.
Liquid urea for a market ripe with promise
The DEF market is currently booming as a result of Canadian and US legislation requiring stricter controls of polluting emissions generated by diesel-powered vehicle motors. Analysts predict that North America will soon become the premier DEF market in the world, followed by Europe and Brazil.
Ammonium sulphate as a specialty fertilizer
Crops such as potatoes, cranberries and blueberries, which prefer a more acidic soil, represent the primary markets for ammonium sulphate. Some 17 000 tonnes of ammonium sulphate was sold in Québec in 2012, with usage on the rise in regions across North America.