The Maire Tecnimont Group, through Stamicarbon and together with a strategic customer, is carrying out a specialty fertilizers joint development project. Stamicarbon built a granulation pilot plant to facilitate research on granulation together with an equipment supplier.
In 2017, Stamicarbon invested in Pursell Agri-Tech LLC (PAT), a company which has developed a controlled released coating and a process to apply it to fertilizers. This company is also working on a process to add seed cores of micro nutrients to urea.
The continuous development of specialty fertilizers, e.g. slow and/or controlled release and adding special nutrients to urea, is another challenge for the future. This addresses the challenge to reduce excessive fertilization and the environmental burden of fertilizers.