Blood and bone: Volatility in the agricultural sector contributes to revenue declines

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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

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. Roughly five to six million tonnes of fertiliser is sold each year in Australia, about half of which is manufactured locally in volume terms. 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...

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Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

Industry capital intensity levels are high as large amounts of capital are required to set-up and operate a world-class fertiliser manufacturing plant. Upgrading facilities to ensure world-class competitiveness or economies of scale requires additional capital outlays. Over the past five years, industry operators have invested capital resources in measures designed to lower operating costs through increased automation and improved operating efficiencies. They have also sought to reduce labour input costs, cutting employment numbers and curbing wage growth.

IBISWorld uses the industry cost structure to calculate capital intensity. Depreciation is used as a proxy for capital, while wages are used as a proxy for labour. In 2016-17, depreciation is estimated to account for 3.8% o..

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Industry Products

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 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

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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