It all starts with energy supply

| About Us |

The four main manufacturing facilities in Puławy, Tarnów, Police and Kędzierzyn-Koźle constitute the basis of Grupa Azoty activity. The Group as a whole can function well thanks to its comprehensive energy production and supply system.

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Strategic investment

| Production & Resources |

Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY has focused on developing production, increasing the range of products in its portfolio, improving the quality of products, and on environmental protection. We are currently directing our efforts to making the industrial processes in Our Works more flexible.

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Vertical farming

| Production & Resources |

Vertical farming stands for the production of food in a purpose-build, multistory buildings. Although the term sounds futuristic, such structures exist already and more are currently being planned or built.

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Potassium from Belarus back in the game?

| Foreign Markets |

The chemical sector has not forgotten the market shake-up, which happened in Belarus Potash Company (BPC) last summer. That “divorce” triggered radical changes on the market. Let us examine the current situation of Belorussian chemical-fertilizer industry in this context.

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India is looking for phosphorites

| Foreign Markets |

The 1-billion people Indian market is becoming increasingly interested in artificial fertilizers, including those which are phosphorous-rich. India is currently an importer of phosphorites in the raw as well as the processed form. The launch of a domestic phosphorites search programme might trigger a change of this situation.

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Better and cheaper urea from Russia

| Production & Resources |

Uralchem in cooperation with the Faculty of Chemistry at Moscow State University have signed an agreement with Stamicarbon, concerning an innovative method of urea production.

The method involves using the patents of the Dutch company and the experience of cooperation between the Russian conglomerate and Moscow State University. The cooperation has continued since 2008, when research started in order to obtain 100% carbon dioxide conversion in the production process. The new method is to enable cheaper production of urea of the highest quality. Once the technology is ready, it will be made available to companies worldwide via the trade of commercial licenses.

The test production shall be launched in Uralchem plants, but the installation will be designed by Stamicarbon, the global leader in the trade of urea production licenses.

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Grupa Azoty and Pfleiderer Grajewo on a billion-zloty deal!

| Polish Market |

Thanks to the agreement singed on January 9th, 2014, Grupa Azoty companies are to sell urea for the production of adhesive resins to Pfleiderer Grajewo. The contract is worth 0.9 billion PLN and is valid over 5 years, but may be prolonged. Adhesive resins are an essential resource for furniture-manufacturing companies.

Mutual benefits

For Pfleiderer Grajewo, the deal means that the production process will be more stable thanks to a constant supply of resources in the long term. Pfleiderer Grajewo CEO Wojciech Gątkiewicz believes that the contract with Grupa Azoty will facilitate further development of the Company, and at the same time its market value.

The agreement will mainly benefit Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY” and Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe “KĘDZIERZYN”. In the opinion of Grupa Azoty CEO Paweł Jarczewski, the contract with Pfleiderer Grajewo shows the vast potential of urea use in manufacturing. The substance is far more than a fertilizer used in agriculture, it is also a valuable substrate for other industries.

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A revolution on the fertilizer market

| Prospects & Investment |

Fertilizer-chemical industry keeps an eye on changes in global agriculture. In particular, the Polish chemical companies analyze the situation of farms in Poland and other EU countries.

Polish agriculture vs the EU

The Polish agricultural market is relatively small if we consider its contribution to the national Gross Domestic Product. According to specialists, agricultural production accounts for c. 3% of GDP. In even more economically developed European countries the value is closer to 2%. And still, farming is an important and meaningful element of the EU economic market, with the fertilizer-chemical industry one of decisive factors in its growth.

In recent years we have observed increased awareness of chemical companies’ representatives, who have recognized the key role of European regulatory bodies is shaping the market rules. “PUŁAWY” participates actively in the proceedings of various international organizations, such as Fertilizers Europe. This associations is highly influential when is comes to decision-making processes in Brussels. Participation in organizations allows the fertilizer-chemical industry representatives to oversee the preparation of decisions concerning the energy & climate bill.

Changes in agriculture – changes in chemistry

Cooperation of chemical-fertilizer companies makes it possible to look at changes on distribution market. This market, which was quite underdeveloped in Poland in the previous decade, is now undergoing intensive professionalization process. The changes concern not only farming representatives, but also agricultural advisers and farmers themselves.

Reduction of greenhouse gases emissions

Let us consider an up-to-date issue of European emissions trade system. The share of complex fertilizers manufacturing in total greenhouse gases emissions is 1.2%, while farming itself contributes as much as 13.5% of those emissions. Consequently, the best farming practices about which we have been educating farmers have a decisive impact on the development of agriculture in coming years. The current expectation is to reduce greenhouse gases emissions by 50% by 2050! Is it possible? Our company is seriously interested, and we are examining the carbon footprint of our fertilizers. Norwegian fertilizer manufacturer Yara International has boasted about carbon footprint as low as 3.6 mg. Thanks to implementation of modern manufacturing methods, “PUŁAWY” is intending to reach similarly low level in its fertilizer production technology.

Boosting manufacturing efficiency

If we measure the quantity of gas used to manufacture a ton of ammonia, the efficiency of our installations is 830, while in Russia it is 1200, and in Europe on average 1000-1100. This is the best proof of the effort we put in improving the efficiency of our installations for the benefit of the Company as well as the natural environment. The greenery and animal population in the vicinity of the Works is the most credible reviewer of our activities. If a peregrine falcon settled and clutched on our premises, it must have liked the habitat, which confirms good results of our efforts.

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

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