ICL launches innovative biodegradable coated fertilizer technology

Tel Aviv, Israel–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–ICL (NYSE: ICL) (TASE: ICL), a leading global specialty minerals company, today ushered in a new era for controlled release urea with the launch of eqo.x, an innovative rapidly biodegradable release technology designed for open field agriculture. This innovative solution is achieved through a coating, which will help farmers maximize agricultural crop yields while limiting environmental impact by reducing nutrient loss and increasing nutrient use efficiency. (NUE) up to 80%. Release technology also allows for similar or higher yields at reduced fertilizer rates, can help reduce the number and amount of nitrogen applications, and provides consistent and predictable nutrient release.

Importantly, the eqo.x release technology is the first offering on the market to provide a faster biodegrading controlled release fertilizer (CRF) coating for urea, and was specifically designed to meet future European standards. of fertilizers that will come into effect in 2026. The new technology will be applied to ICL’s CRF products for agricultural crops, including its Agromaster and Agrocote brands, and will help reduce nutrient losses. This achievement is a key tool of both the European Farm to Fork Strategy and the EU Soil Strategy 2030, which aims to reduce nutrient loss by at least 50% by 2030.

“ICL is proud to introduce our most advanced CRF coating, eqo.x Biodegradable Rapid Release Technology, which will help regulate nutrient release on a daily basis by responding to the specific needs of each crop, resulting in higher efficiency. in the use of nutrients. ”, said Elad Aharonson, president of Innovative Ag Solutions for ICL. “Our new innovative and sustainable technology will deliver precision nutrition through a coating, which biodegrades faster and helps improve yields, reduce nutrient loss and simplify fertilizer application. Not only will this benefit farmers, it will also help the environment as it will greatly reduce nutrient leaching into both the soil and groundwater, compared to conventional fertilisers.”

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ICL expects to have this innovative new coating ready for farmers in the European Union by 2023 and, to meet expected market demand, is investing $20 million in a new production line for eqo.x release technology at its manufacturing facility. Heerlen in the Netherlands. . According to Fortune Business Insights, the global controlled-release fertilizer market size was $2.3 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach $3.86 billion by 2026, resulting in a CAGR of 6.37% over the forecast period.

To learn more about this innovative launch technology, visit the eqo.x website.

About ICL

ICL Group is a world leading specialty minerals company, which also benefits from the raw material advantage. The company creates impactful solutions to humanity’s sustainability challenges in the global food, agriculture and industrial markets. ICL leverages its unique bromine, potash and phosphate resources, its passionate team of talented employees, and its strong focus on R&D and technology innovation to drive growth in its end markets. ICL’s shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (NYSE and TASE: ICL). The company employs more than 12,000 people worldwide and its 2021 revenue was approximately $7 billion.

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