Potash and Magnesium Products Business Unit

The Potash and Magnesium Products business unit includes K+S KALI GmbH with its subsidiaries as well as K+S Potash Canada GP. The business unit extracts potash and magnesium crude salts at six mines in Germany, which are further processed there and at a former mining site to create end products or intermediate products. Furthermore, the business unit has three processing sites in France. The annual production capacity is currently about 7 million tonnes of potash and magnesium products.
We are building a new potash plant in the south of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. After the commissioning of plant facilities began in August 2016, production of the first tonne of potash should start in the second quarter of 2017. In the long term, the Legacy Project will reach an annual production capacity in the long term by at least 2.86 million tonnes.

Unique mix of raw materials

K+S is the fifth largest potash producer in the world, the largest supplier in Western Europe, and, in 2016, enjoyed a share of about 8% in global potash sales volumes.On the basis of the globally unique mix of raw materials of the German deposits – they contain not only potassium but also magnesium and sulphur – the Potash and Magnesium Products business unit has a range of products more diverse than that offered by any other potash producer in the world. It offers its customers fertilizers with special plant nutritions, products for industrial applications, high-purity potassium and magnesium salts for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industries as well as pre-products for the production of feed.


Key figures   2016 2015
Revenues € million 1,531.6 2,091.3
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) € million 184.8 689.2
Operating earnings (EBIT I) € million 33.6 546.1
Capital expenditure € million 1,009.8 1,145.0
Employees as of 31.12. number 8,502 8,404

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