Nutrición vegetal de especialidad

SQM is the global market leader in producing potassium nitrate of natural origin, with the lowest carbon footprint, chlorine-free, and 100% water soluble, allowing a more rational use of water for fertigation applications, increasing the quality and yield of a variety of crops. Our know-how comes from comprehensive research and numerous field studies conducted by our agronomic teams worldwide in close contact with growers. This sound agronomic knowledge is key for the development of specific formulas and matching fertigation software tools, allowing us to provide expert advice for balanced nutritional programs.

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Lithium and Derivatives

Lithium and its derivatives constitute a key ingredient for the development of electromobility and the technologies that are moving the world; they are also very important for the pharmaceutical industry and for industrial uses. As the world’s largest, lowest-cost producer in this market, we are committed to the development and sustainability of the lithium industry. We strive to deliver high-quality products on time and make considerable investments in order to guarantee product availability.

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Iodine and Derivatives

Iodine is produced from caliche ore. SQM has the greatest production capacity in the world for this mineral and is highly committed to developing this industry. We are certified under ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System for the production and sale of iodine, which demonstrates our commitment to the continuous improvement of our processes in order to compete in a dynamic world.

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With the aim of being self-sufficient in supplies of potassium chloride (KCl), raw material for the production of potassium nitrate, SQM began operations in the Atacama Salt Flats. The initial investment included the construction of a plant for potassium chloride and potassium sulfate. Currently the business line of potassium includes the sale of these two potassium fertilizers.The main sources of potassium that exist in the market for use in fertilizers are: Potassium chloride (KCl), potassium sulfate (K2SO4) and potassium nitrate (KNO3). Of these three, potassium chloride is the most commonly used worldwide. SQM is a low-cost producer with the flexibility to produce these three sources of potassium based on market needs.

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Industrial Chemicals

We have proven experience producing and selling nitrates, potassium chloride, boric acid and magnesium chlorides. Potassium nitrate and sodium nitrate are the raw materials for solar salts, which are essential to the functioning of solar thermal power plants; and magnesium chloride hexahydrate—known as bischofite—is used for effective dust control and de-icing on roads.

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