Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mining Firm Taking on Chinese Market; Mineral Production Will Rise to 700,000 Tonnes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mining Firm Taking on Chinese Market; Mineral Production Will Rise to 700,000 Tonnes

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Byline: JONATHON MANNING jonathon.manning@reachplc.com @JONNYAMANNING

A LEADING figure at the Boulby mine says the company has expanded its reach across the globe by exporting its latest products to China.

ICL Boulby has begun shipping its polyhalite mineral to the Chinese agricultural market, in an attempt to grow in the huge market.

The Teesside mine is the first and only producer of polyhalite in the world. The multi-nutrient mineral is marketed as Polysulphate and provides crops with four of the key nutrients they need to grow.

Andrew Fulton, vice president of Boulby, said: "The interest in the potential of Polysulphate is growing all the time in many different parts of the world and obviously in China there is a huge need to increase food production for its population of almost 1.5 billion.

"This year will see us boost our Polysulphate production to 700,000 tonnes with the prospect of further growth as the demand grows. Our parent company ICL is working closely with us in raising interest and awareness of the benefits it can deliver, with increasing evidence of how it can help the growth of many different crops."

Boulby's expansion into China comes shortly after Mr Fulton wrote to staff praising their resilience during what has been a difficult period for the firm.

During 2018, the company completely shut down its production of potash in favour of polyhalite. It is now selling the mineral in 22 countries on five continents.

After surviving the tough market conditions Boulby is now looking to increase its production and is planning to invest in new equipment to help it do this. It is now working towards achieving stability and increasing its production rates. Its target is to produce 700,000 tonnes of Polysulphate in 2019 and could ramp this up further to one million tonnes. …

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