Well nourished: Strong local demand has contributed to industry revenue growth

The Fertiliser Manufacturing industry plays an essential role in ensuring that the nation's agricultural production systems are economically efficient in the short term and sustainable in the long term. Approximately five to six million tonnes of fertiliser are sold each year in Australia, about half of which is manufactured locally. The industry supplies a range of phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium and sulphur fertilisers, and an increasing mix of high-analysis blends and trace elements. Nitrogen-based fertiliser products (including ammonium phosphates and urea) are applied to over half of all fertilised agricultural land in Australia, and make up a key industry product segment...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Demand and supply imbalances have prompted industry revenue volatility
  • Profit has been volatile, fluctuating in line with input costs and global fertiliser prices
  • Import penetration is anticipated to continue rising over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The main farming states, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales, are expected to account for the bulk of the industry's operations, with the major manufacturers and smaller blending operations running substantial operations in each of the significant farming states. These states combined are expected to account for 87.5% of enterprise numbers in 2019-20. This pattern has existed since the industry first developed in the 1860s. Fertiliser usage by Australian farmers varies between each state and depends on nutrient levels in the cropping soils in each state, particularly for phosphorous and nitrogen. For example, Western Australia is the largest consumer of nitrogen-based fertilisers (urea and ammonium phosphates). In ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Fertiliser Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Fertiliser Manufacturing are:

  • Availability of resource
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from agriculture and Domestic price of fertiliser in the Fertiliser Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Fertiliser Manufacturing Industry?

    Industry firms manufacture or mix fertilisers, including those based on the three major plant nutrients (phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium), and organic fertilisers, including those derived from bonemeal and animal by-products.

    Industry Products
  • Nitrogen-based fertilisers
  • Superphosphate and other phosphatic fertilisers
  • Ammonium phosphates
  • Organic fertilisers
  • Potash fertilisers
  • Other manufactured fertilisers
  • Industry Activities
  • Prilled ammonium nitrate
  • Ammonium phosphate and ammonium sulphate
  • Animal or vegetable fertilisers and other organic fertiliser
  • Bone dust, bonemeal and fishmeal fertiliser
  • Phosphate, ground and superphosphate fertiliser
  • Potash fertiliser
  • Potassium chloride fertiliser
  • Sodium nitrate fertiliser
  • Controlled release fertiliser preparation
  • Urea (fertiliser grade)
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from agriculture
  • Domestic price of fertiliser
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Volatile revenue growth
  • Dominant international trade patterns
  • Major player developments
  • Changing operating environment
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry challenges
  • Environmental issues
  • New projects
  • Changing players
  • Table: Fertiliser Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Fertiliser Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Grain Growing
  • Sheep Farming
  • Beef Cattle Farming
  • Sugar Cane Growing
  • Cotton Growing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Oil and Gas Extraction

  • Products & Services
  • Nitrogen-based fertilisers
  • Superphosphate and other phosphatic fertilisers
  • Ammonium phosphates
  • Organic fertilisers
  • Other manufactured fertilisers
  • Potash fertilisers
  • Chart: Fertiliser Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Wheat farmers
  • Livestock farmers
  • Other cereal grain farmers
  • Non-agricultural users
  • Oilseed farmers
  • Export markets
  • Industrial crop farmers
  • Other farmers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Fertiliser Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Fertiliser Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Fertiliser Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Incitec Pivot Limited, Wesfarmers Limited,
  • Table: Incitec Pivot Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Wesfarmers Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Fertiliser Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Fertiliser Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Exports (2011-2025)
  • Imports (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Nitrogen Fertilisers
  • Fertilisers based on the manufacture of ammonia. They are popular because Australian soils are deficient in nitrogen.
  • Phosphate Fertilisers
  • Fertilisers manufactured by adding acid to phosphate rock. Superphosphates are made by treating phosphate rock with sulphuric acid and water, making the phosphorous soluble for plants to absorb.
  • Potash
  • Fertiliser that is derived from geological saline deposits and is used in soils that are affected by potassium deficiency.
  • Single Superphosphates (Ssp)
  • SSP fertilisers were the first commercial mineral fertiliser and were once the most commonly used fertiliser. They have a relatively lower phosphorus content.
  • Urea
  • A naturally occurring organic compound used to manufacture nitrogen fertiliser. It is made by combing ammonia and carbon dioxide.
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