2013 was fruitful for “PUŁAWY”!

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The year behind us brought many breakthroughs for Our Works. All the events from 2013, starting from the finalization of the consolidation, via large investment projects, to the cooperation with external partners, led to improving the position of “PUŁAWY” on fertilizers-chemical market.

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India bets on educating farmers

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The Hindu, one of Indian newspapers with the highest circulation, features “Farmers Note Book”, a column about agricultural issues. 180 texts from this section have recently been published in a book form, whose title is Impact of The Hindu’s Farmers Note Book on Technology Literacy of Farmers.

Indian people read newspapers

With 2.2 million readership, The Hindu is the third most popular English language daily published in India. Therefore, the decision to gather articles published by the paper in the last 6 years has been widely acclaimed. Two organizations working for the development of agriculture are responsible for this publication. The book is expected to have wide reach thanks to translations into Telugu (c. 70 million speakers), Tamil (c. 65 million speakers), Kannada (c. 35 million speakers), Marathi (c. 70 million speakers) and of course Hindi (c. 180 million speakers).

Knowledge in demand

“Farmers Note Book” includes articles about innovation in agriculture, with case studies and examples of good practice in farming. Another focus is on joint farm management, which proves very effective in the Indian countryside, provided that there is a strong local community leader and efficient division of tasks between particular farms.

Vast market

The population of India exceeds one billion people, and agriculture forms the foundation of the national economy. Consequently, such initiatives as the publication of Impact of The Hindu’s Farmers Note Book on Technology Literacy of Farmers benefit both the development of agriculture and the country as a whole. Nearly a half of the Indian workforce in employed in this sector, so support for farmers, including education, is a key task for the government and NGO’s.

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Two distinctions for “PUŁAWY”

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On February 11th, the 21st Show of Inventions Awarded at 2013 World Innovation Fairs will be inaugurated in Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw. The exhibition lasts for two days and shall start from the ceremony of handing out diplomas issued by the Minister of Science and Higher Education, and statuettes for the innovators. The following day,  February 12th, will follow the idea of “Science for Economy”, and it will be open to representatives of various enterprises, journalists as well as visitors.

The 21st Show of Inventions aims at promoting Polish innovations which have been recognized on an international level. The event is also meant to boost the interest of businesspeople in Polish scientific and technological solutions, and in innovative Polish products.

Two distinctions for High quality of fertilizers and care for the environment

The list of laureates includes the names of two members of “PUŁAWY” staff, who were the co-authors of inventions awarded at Brussels Innova 2013 Innovation Fairs. A golden medal with a honorary mention and a special award went to Technology of removing fluoride from liquids used  in flue gas desulphurization, and an appliance for using this technology by Fertilizer Research Institute in Puławy and Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe “PUŁAWY” S.A. The authors of the project are: Piotr Maria Synowiec, Barbara Bunikowska, Bożena Pisarska, Cezary Możeński, Stanisław Jaworski, Marta Stechman, and Tomasz Pepliński, Tomasz Krupa, Ryszard Jarosz.

It is worth mentioning that removing fluoride compounds from liquids after flue gas desulphurization with ammonia is of strategic importance for their further processing. The solution results in obtaining high-quality nitrogen-based fertilizer, which contains sulphur; another advantage is reducing the emissions of toxic substances to the atmosphere.

Two distinctions for Tested solutions and lower production cost

Another golden medal was awarded to Method of cyclohexylhydroperoxide decomposition in the process of cyclohexane oxidation submitted by Industrial Chemistry Research Institute and Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe “PUŁAWY” S.A. The team behind this solution includes: Michał Zylbersztejn, Andrzej Zimowski and Andrzej Kania, Tadeusz Darczuk, Remigiusz Sylwestrowicz, Jacek Cebulski, Marcin Popiołek.

This solution, which has already been implemented in Our Works, makes it possible to reduce the quantity of benzene and caustic soda used in the manufacturing processes, and at the same time to limit the production cost. The process involves facilitating the selective decomposition of the intermediate product (cyclohexylhydroperoxide) to the end product (cyclohexanone).

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Plants in focus

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German scientists are developing an innovative device which will monitor the growth of plants based on observation of the processes happening during the cultivation.

 

Innovation from Magdeburg

The invention created by scientists working at Fraunhofer Institute in Magdeburg is meant to assist farmers in controlling the cultivation of various plants, in particular sweetcorn and grapes grown on large plantations. Observation of cultivated organisms will be made not only via aerial photos, but also by looking inside the plants.

The mechanism

German scientists have applied hyperspectral imaging to taking the measurements. The technology has been used in forensic science, medical emergency care and meteorology. Thanks to the possibility of gathering and processing information about particular plants, the device is capable of providing precise information concerning their chemical makeup. Raw data is forwarded to the lab, where it is processed and interpreted.

 

Potential benefits

The device will suggest to the farmers which nutrients the plant requires in a given climate and soil. This will make it easier to take decisions concerning the profitability of sowing various crops in particular places. Thanks to hyperspectral imaging, it will also be possible to detect diseases in plants, which initiate immunological mechanisms right after the infection, but the reaction remains invisible to the naked eye for some time.

Future of farming depends on modernization

Following the interest of EU authorities, the invention of Magdeburg scientists is likely to influence the daily work of European farmers in the foreseeable future. The possibility of “cooperating” with cultivated crops is a huge leap forward in the pursuit of modernization of EU agriculture and making it more competitive.

 

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Another step towards innovative economy

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The Fat Processing Plant which has just been inaugurated affirms the membership of Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY” in the group of leading Polish companies investing in innovative and long-term technological solutions. The investment completed in Chorzów enables the extraction of a mix of distilled saturated and unsaturated fatty acids through processing of animal fats and vegetable oils. As a result, high-quality intermediary products with a variety of applications will hit the Polish and the European markets.

Economy of advanced technologies

Saturated and unsaturated fatty acids manufactured in Chorzów will be used in the production of toilet and metallic soap, or detergents. The installation will provide intermediary products for pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Fatty acids from Chorzów may also constitute an alternative resource for the manufacturing of bio-esters.

Glycerin – new product and new possibilities

The up-and-running investment enriches Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY” portfolio with glycerin with no less than 80% glycerol, free from methanol and obtained through hydrolysis of animal fat. Glycerin is currently one of the key intermediary products in pharmaceutical, cosmetics and grocery industries. It also serves for the production of nitroglycerin for pharmaceutical purposes. Other applications of glycerin are found in tobacco, paper and textile industries. It has also been widely used in the manufacturing of hydraulic fluids, adhesives and sealants.

Open to new markets

There are two sources of the fatty acids, the key resource in the new installation. The materials are byproducts of processing of vegetables, or animals in slaughterhouses and rendering plants. C. 65,000 tonnes of fatty acids are available in Poland each year. Thanks to the new installation, Zakłady Azotowe “CHORZÓW” may process 16,000 tonnes of fatty acids into 13,000 tonnes of marketable stearin.

Changes on the domestic market

Until now Polish factories have imported stearin from neighboring European countries (Sweden, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany) or Malaysia and Indonesia, where 10% of vegetable-derived stearin on our market was produced. According to Eurostat c. 17,600 tonnes of stearin acid worth 18 million EUR was imported to Poland in 2012. Producing stearin in Poland will make our manufacturers independent of long supply chains and the necessity of importing the resource. Stearin will also become more readily available on the domestic market.

Market research suggests that currently the leading application of stearin is manufacturing of candles (c. 47%) and rubber and caoutchouc (c. 45%), next comes the chemical industry with 7% share and the pharmaceutical industry. Data suggesting the potential of candle-making sector is especially noteworthy. Stearin may well replace paraffin, which is now the most popular resource for candle and memorial candle manufacturers. An addition of stearin makes candles more user-friendly (paraffin gives off more smoke).

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Farmers go forward with EU help

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Profound changes have taken place in the Polish countryside over the past decade, largely owing to the country having joined the European Union. Our membership in the Community resulted in modernization of equipment used by particular farmers as well as in a marked growth of effectiveness of production. The innovations which have been implemented with the help of EU subsidies and grants have made it possible for Polish farmers to gain more and more profits.

Support for the young

Thanks to activities within Rural Development Program 2007-2013 (PROW 2007-2013), the new generation of farmers entering the market is headed for a better start. During the last campaign of the Program, conducted in 2011, 8600 applications were submitted and their joint value reached 645 million PLN. Grants for young farmers who are students or benefit from professional training serve as assistance in independent management of farms, their modernization and development.

Innovation in the Polish countryside

Polish farmers are becoming more efficient at gaining subsidies aimed at subsidizing particular cultivated crops and modernization of farms. With new machinery purchased and put to use, farming buildings renovated and equipped with new installations, farms are becoming more and more profitable. Polish farmers are increasingly competitive on the common EU market. A look at the recently published statistics suffices to prove how much the farmers are interested in EU assistance. If we take into consideration only the applications concerning the modernization of farms, 17,000 applications were submitted in June 2013, and their total worth is 2.8 billion PLN!

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Cooperation of fertilizer industry and agriculture

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Poland is still one of main agricultural producers in the EU, and at the same time a major consumer of fertilizers. We take the 9th place on the list of the largest countries and the 8th when it comes to national population. However, if we examine the acreage of arable land, Poland is the 3rd country in the EU.

Polish farms today

Reports and analysis about Polish agriculture have often based on outdated standards and cliched stereotypical images of this sector. Such approach disregards the fundamental and truly revolutionary changes on Polish farms. It suffices to say that as little as one third of countryside population makes a living on their farms. 60% of village inhabitants have little or nothing to do with farming!

Cooperation of fertilizer industry and agriculture

This is evident in the analysis of the structure of farms in Poland. In the eastern voivodeships small farms with one dominant crop are still the norm, while in the west and north of the country, the majority of farms have merged into large and modern agricultural enterprises.

Innovation in the Polish countryside

We have also observed a marked evolution of farmers’ perception of specialist knowledge. Previously, traditional media were the channel of providing news, education and know-how to the farmers. Currently, over 80% farms have broadband Internet connection. For this reason, “PUŁAWY” launched an e-commerce tool, thanks to which consumers access specialist knowledge and assistance on suitable fertilizing procedures and optimization of agricultural production.

Fertilizer market in Poland and its future development

The value of Polish fertilizers market exceeds 10 billion PLN per year. Such figure says little about the structure of fertilizer use in each of the 16 voivodeships, which varies greatly from region to region. Which aspects are especially noteworthy? In Małopolska and Podkarpacie, the consumption of fertilizers is three times lower than in Opolszczyzna. Even if we take into consideration differences in size of particular voivodeships, differences in fertilizer use are apparent. In Wielkopolska and Kujawy, large quantities of fertilizers are used, while in the east and south of Poland, consumption of those substances is low. At present 127 kilograms of fertilizers per hectare are used. This figure is forecast to reach 135 kg per ha by 2020. As a manufacturer of fertilizers, we expect the consumption of fertilizers to grow systematically, and the knowledge about their proper use to increase as well. We need to keep it in mind, especially that experts predict there will be 9 billion of people in the world to feed in 2050!

Cooperation of fertilizer industry and agriculture

Based on a talk by Zenon Pokojski Ph.D. at IFMA 19 Congress in Warsaw – July 26th 2013.

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The most modern in Europe!

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On June 8th 2013 a very special ceremony took place in our Works. A number of projects were officially inaugurated on that day, including the first such modern flue-gas desulfurization installation in Europe and third flue-gas desulfurization installation using wet scrubbing with ammonia in the whole world. The other projects were two installations in New Fertilizer Complex, an installation for liquid fertilizers with sulfur (PULASKA®, RSM®S) and Logistics Center for fertilizers in granules.

Investing in development

The total investment expenditure of Azoty Group “PUŁAWY” was 360 million PLN for the projects finalized in June. Next year another two installations will be launched-an Installation for the Production of Granulated Fertilizers (PULGRAN®, PULGRAN®S), a part of New Fertilizer Complex and Ammonia Stockage with a budget of 108.5 million PLN.

The ceremony on July 8th was attended by Włodzimierz Karpiński, the Minister of Treasury, Paweł Jarczewski, the CEO of Azoty Group and representatives of Azoty Group and Azoty Group “PUŁAWY”. Azoty Group CEO Mr Jarczewski put emphasis on the fact that investment projects implemented by “PUŁAWY” serve as a proof that the Polish chemical sector may be and is innovative.

 

Modern “PUŁAWY”

The new flue-gas desulfurization installation is one of the first few in the world which use wet scrubbing with ammonia technology. Thanks to this investment, it will be possible to reduce the polluting emissions from the combined cycle power plant by over 80%! A side product of this technology is ammonium sulfate, which will be used in the manufacturing of fertilizers with added sulfur in the New Fertilizer Complex.

According to Marian Rybak, the new Chairman of the Board of Azoty Group “PUŁAWY”, new investments in Puławy constitute our response to perceived needs of agricultural market in Central Europe. The research which has recently been competed confirms the need to enrich soil with sulfur. Liquid fertilizers manufactured by “PUŁAWY”, and shortly also fertilizers in granules, will provide cultivated crops with this indispensable element.

The construction of New Logistics Center has also been completed. It is a part of a new plant of granulated fertilizers based on urea and sulfur. The new building includes a modern packing room with 240 tonnes per hour capacity and a warehouse which could stock as many as 13,000 tonnes of fertilizers.

Taking care of the environment

Improving efficiency of manufacturing processes is one of the key targets of investment projects in Azoty Group “PUŁAWY”. At the same time, we would like our installations to abide by the strictest norms of quality and environmental friendliness.

Over the last few years it was possible for “PUŁAWY” to reduce exhaust pollution significantly and limit the amount of sewage water pollution. Since 1985 the Company has reduced particulate matter emissions by as much as 94%, sewage water pollution by 70%, and gas pollution by 53%! The new flue-gas desulfurization installation, which is being started up at the moment, will reduce the concentration of SO2 from 3000 mg/m3 to below 200 mg/m3.

A leader in innovation

Another crucial task aimed at improving the efficiency of the manufacturing process is the investment in a new air compressor. The project finalized on June 28th 2013 will raise the efficiency of ammonia production in Ammonia Department II in Fertilizer Works. The value of this investment is 24.5 million PLN. As a result, the chain will be able to increase output by 15%!

All the completed and planned investment projects make the Company more efficient on Polish as well as global market. Thanks to implementation of innovative projects, we confirm our position in the lead of fertilizer-chemical companies in Europe and the world.

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New Blog of Pulawy’s Company starts… now

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Few people are aware that the Pulawy’s Company employs nearly 3,500 people! We are one of the largest chemical companies in Poland. For many years the plant in Pulawy developed a high position on the European and World markets. It encouraged us to become even more present on the Internet.

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