Global Controlled Release Fertilizers Market: Snapshot

Controlled release fertilizers encompass one or more plant nutrients in a coated form that delay their availability for plant uptake and use after application. Controlled release fertilizers offer several advantages over the conventional fertilizers. They reduce toxicity to seedlings and contribute to enhanced agronomic safety. Rapidly escalating global population along with the increased efforts for sustainable agriculture is expected to drive the controlled release fertilizer market over the course of next few years. However, high cost in comparison to traditional fertilizers and the lack of awareness regarding the benefits of controlled release fertilizer are some of the factors that may hamper the market’s growth. Furthermore, the potential application of these fertilizers in the turf grass and law care industry is anticipated to provide new growth opportunities to the market.

In terms of revenue, the global controlled release fertilizer market is estimated to reach a valuation of US$3.92 bn by the end of 2024, increasing from its valuation of US$2.41 bn in 2015 at a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period of 2016–2024. By volume, the market is projected for a growth rate of 5.7% during the same forecast period.



Polymer Sulfur Coated Urea Segment Serves Maximum Demand

Based on product, the global controlled release fertilizers market is segmented into polymer coated NPK fertilizer, polymer coated urea, sulfur coated urea or polymer sulfur coated urea, and others fertilizers, for example coated micronutrients. Out of these, the demand for polymer sulfur coated urea or sulfur coated urea stood at 1.4 mn tons in 2015 and is expected to reach 2.5 mn tons by 2024. Sulfur coated urea has proven to be efficient substitute to urea due to its resource saving, environment-friendliness, and reduced labor requirements.

Application-wise, the segment of cereals and grains are most important as they are essential part of traditional diets in emerging economies of Asia Pacific. Increase in population, government encouragements to adopt sustainable agriculture practices to increase the production with efficient use of chemical fertilizers are some of the factors that are expected to further boost the demand for these crops.

Asia Pacific Most Lucrative Region

Region-wise, Asia Pacific contributed more than two third of the demand in the global controlled release fertilizer market and is expected to remain most lucrative region throughout the forecast period. In terms of volume, China was the most prominent consumer of controlled release fertilizer in Asia Pacific, followed by Japan and ASEAN, in 2015. Together, these accounted for 92.4% of the total demand from Asia Pacific. Demand for controlled release fertilizer is estimated to rise faster than water soluble fertilizers in Asia Pacific, although the lack of awareness about the benefits of these fertilizers and premium cost is hindering the market from achieving its true potential in this region.

The global controlled release fertilizers market is mildly concentrated in nature with top three players, holding nearly half of the shares in 2015. Some of the key companies in this market are Shikefeng Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., Kingenta Ecological Engineering Group Co., Ltd., ATS Group, AgroBridge, EuroChem Agro Gmbh, Central Glass Co., Ltd., Greenfeed Agro Sdn. Bhd., Hanfeng Evergreen Inc., Nufarm Ltd., HIF TECH SND. BHD., Compo GMBH & Co. KG, Haifa Chemicals Ltd., ICL Specialty Fertilizers, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Ekompany Agro B.V., The Chisso Corporation, and Agrium Inc. 

Controlled release fertilizers are part of enhanced efficiency fertilizers. These are granulated fertilizers that release nutrients gradually into the soil. Controlled release fertilizers are usually coated or encapsulated with inorganic or organic materials that regulate the rate, pattern, and duration of plant nutrient release. Common polymer materials used for coating are polysulfone (PSF), cellulose acetate (CA), and polyacrylonitrile (PAN). Most controlled release fertilizers are used in agriculture and horticulture applications. Controlled release fertilizers are employed in the cultivation of cereals & grains, oilseeds & pulses, and fruits & vegetables. Furthermore, they are used in the cultivation of turfs, lawns, and ornamental plants. Growth in the global population coupled with the shift toward sustainable agriculture is expected to drive the controlled release fertilizer market during the forecast period.

This study analyzes, estimates, and forecasts the global controlled release fertilizers market in terms of volume (tons) and revenue (US$ thousand) from 2015 to 2024. Market numbers given in the report describe the demand for global controlled release fertilizers, but not production or supply. The controlled release fertilizers report also analyzes several driving and restraining factors and their impact on the market during the forecast period.

The report provides comprehensive analysis of the controlled release fertilizers by key products and applications. It segments the market into key products that include polymer sulfur coated urea/sulfur coated urea, polymer coated urea, polymer coated NPK fertilizer, and others (including coated micronutrients). It further segments the market into the following key applications: cereals & grains, oilseeds & pulses, fruits & vegetables, and others (turf, ornamental plants, etc.). The report also segments the market based on major geographies into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. It further provides volume and revenue for each application segment for each region. This includes 12 unique country-specific analysis.

Based on the application and country, the report analyzes the attractiveness of each segment and country with the help of an attractiveness tool. The study consist of value chain analysis, which offers a better understanding of key companies in the supply chain from raw material manufacturers to end-users. Additionally, the study examines market competition through Porter’s Five Forces Analysis.

The report includes an overview of the market share of key companies in the global controlled release fertilizers market. Market share of companies has been derived on the basis of production by manufacturers of controlled release fertilizers. Key market players profiled in the study include ATS Group, Greenfeed Agro Sdn. Bhd., The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, HIF TECH SDN. BHD, Compo GMBH & Co. KG, Agrium Inc, Ekompany, Shikefeng Chemical Industry, AgroBridge (Malaysia), Haifa Chemicals ltd, Agrium Inc, Central Glass Co Ltd, ICL Specialty Fertilizers, and The Chisso Corporation. Profiles of key participants comprise important parameters such as company overview, financial overview, business strategy, and recent developments.

Primary research represents the majority of our research efforts, complemented by extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of technical writing, recent trade, Internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proven to be the most consistent, effective, and productive approach for procuring precise market data, recognizing business opportunities, and understanding industry participants’ perceptions.

Secondary research sources that are typically referred to include broker reports, corporation websites, external patented databases, financial reports, stockholder presentations, Securities & Exchange Commission filings, proprietary databases and relevant patent and regulatory databases, national government documents, statistical databases, and market reports, news articles, press releases, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market. Secondary sources referred for this study include Chemical Week Magazine, ICIS Chemical Business Magazine, Hoover’s, Factiva, and company presentations.

The report segments the global controlled release fertilizers market as follows: 

Controlled Release Fertilizers Market – Product Analysis

  • Polymer sulfur coated urea/sulfur coated urea
  • Polymer coated urea
  • Polymer coated NPK fertilizer
  • Others (including coated micronutrients) 

Controlled Release Fertilizers Market – Application Analysis

  • Cereals & grains
  • Oilseeds & pulses
  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Others (including turf, ornamental plants, etc.) 

Controlled Release Fertilizers Market - Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Rest of North America (RoNA)
  • Europe
    • France
    • Italy
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific (APAC)
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of Latin America (LATAM)
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)

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