Our Company Profile

23.10.2013

A global manufacturer and marketer of commercial explosives and fertilisers

About us

As a global manufacturer and marketer of commercial explosives and fertilisers, Incitec Pivot Limited is contributing to the production of the infrastructure, food, clothing, shelter and energy people need every day. 

IPL plays an essential role in the mining and agriculture industries which produce many of life’s daily essentials. 

Today an Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed company, IPL had its origins in Europe and North America in the 19th century and Australia early last century.

IPL remains a leader in these industries and is playing its part to build a sustainable future.

Through Dyno Nobel, IPL is the leading supplier of industrial explosives and blasting services to the mining, quarrying, seismic and construction industries in North America and a major force in the Australian market.

Blasting is an essential step in extracting the minerals required to meet the world's demand for power, infrastructure and consumer goods. Mines, quarries and seismic explorers use Dyno Nobel products to achieve safety goals and improve operational efficiency. 

Explosives products are sold through a network of wholesale distributors as well as retail sites.

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers is Australia's largest supplier of fertilisers, dispatching around three million tonnes each year for use in the grain, cotton, pasture, dairy, sugar and horticulture industries.

Bulk and packaged fertiliser products are distributed to farmers through a network of more than 200 business partners and agents. The company supports farmers in all of eastern Australia, from tropical fruit growers in north Queensland to dairy producers in Tasmania.

IPL has also consolidated its international trading activities in its subsidiary, Southern Cross International - a part of Incitec Pivot Fertilisers. As well as managing the company's procurement of products and raw materials, SCI actively markets IPL's own products in a number of offshore markets including India, Pakistan and Latin America.

With its geographical spread and product diversification, the company is poised to take advantage of the demand for both hard and soft commodities.

Global manufacturing

IPL's manufacturing facilities produce a wide range of explosives, fertilisers and industrial chemicals.

As well as owning and operating 20 plants in the US, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Indonesia and Turkey, we have joint venture operations in South Africa, Malaysia, China and Australia.

Our initiating systems and assembly plants in the US, Mexico and Australia, build detonators, boosters and cartridge explosives such as dynamite.

Manufacturing Explosives

Our manufacturing of explosives business includes Dyno Nobel ammonium nitrate and initiating systems facilities.

Ammonium Nitrate (AN) plants take raw materials: nitrogen, natural gas, ammonia, oxygen and water to create ammonium nitrate (AN) (NH4NO3). Prilled AN or AN solution is the key raw material input to create explosives such as ammonium nitrate fuel oil (ANFO) and emulsion (water resistant explosives for use in wet boreholes). Our AN plants are located in North America, Canada, Australia and Turkey.

Initiating Systems (IS) and assembly builds detonators, Nonel, Detcord, cartridge explosives (e.g. dynamite), boosters and assembles the products for customer specifications. IS facilities are located in North America, Australia, Mexico, South Africa, Malaysia and China.

Completed in 2012, our plant at Moranbah, in Central Queensland, is located in the heart of one of the world's largest coal mining provinces and produces ammonium nitrate for the mining industry.

Manufacturing fertilisers

We manufacture a range of fertiliser inputs and products including ammonium phosphates, ammonia, urea, sulphuric acid and superphosphates at six manufacturing sites across eastern Australia. IPL is the only domestic manufacturer of ammonium phosphates and urea.

We also manufacture industrial chemical products used in water treatment, process manufacturing and other industrial applications.

Located 900 kilometres west of Townsville, our plant at Phosphate Hill, Queensland is the biggest fertiliser plant in Australia and has an annual capacity in excess of 950,000 tonnes. At the site we operate our export and warehouse facilities, and open-cut mining is used to extract phosphate rock.

It is uniquely positioned, combining world-class and low-cost manufacturing plants and ammonia production from gas is sourced from long-term gas supply agreements.

Phosphate Hill is complemented by a world-scale sulphuric acid plant at Mt Isa, 160 kilometres to the north. Sulphuric acid is an essential ingredient in the manufacture of ammonium phosphates. 

At our Gibson Island plant in Brisbane, in south-east Queensland, we produce ammonia, urea and ammonium sulphate. Gibson Island has the capacity to manufacture 300,000 tonnes of ammonia, 280,000 tonnes of urea and 200,000 tonnes of ammonium sulphate, annually. The proximity of this plant to its domestic markets gives it a cost-competitive advantage, in addition to its long-term gas supply arrangements.

IPL also produces superphosphates at its Geelong and Portland plants. Superphosphate is the most commonly used fertiliser for improving pastures.

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