Our value chain

During their development, all K+S mineral products pass through the various stages of our value chain:

The K+S Value Chain

Exploration

Worldwide, underground exploration of potash and rock salt mineral deposits is predominantly conducted by drilling and seismic measurements that enable a spatial representation of underground geological structures. Exploration provides insights into the dimensions and structure of deposits, as well as their depth and mineral content. This generates extensive data which is used to estimate reserves in accordance with international standards.

Mining

We extract raw materials in conventional mining above and below ground as well as through in-situ leaching (solution mining). We also tap the power of the sun and extract salt by evaporating saline water, mostly sea water. The broadly comparable mining methods make it possible to realise synergies between the Potash and Magnesium Products and Salt business units, for example in the exchange of technical, geological and logistical know-how as well as coordinated procurement of machines and auxiliary materials.

Production

The processing and refining of raw materials is one of our core competencies. The mineral crude salt mined by us passes through multi-stage mechanical or physical processes without changing its natural properties.

Logistics

Our supply chain management governs, monitors and supervises the entire supply chain in order to ensure reliable supply to our customers worldwide under competitive terms and conditions. We make the best possible use of the various transport carriers, taking into account their individual advantages, and incorporate more environmentally friendly and cost-effective railway lines and waterways as much as possible.

Sales/Marketing

Customer centricity is a top priority at K+S. We strive to be the partner of choice for our customers. High product quality and reliability are crucial prerequisites for gaining the trust of customers. We offer a comprehensive range of services for agriculture, industry, public-sector customers and consumers. Dialogue and the greatest possible proximity to our customers, many tailor-made products and a globally active, efficient and customer-oriented distribution network help us to achieve our goal – satisfied customers.

Application

Our customers utilise our products, use our raw materials in their processes or process them in their products. We provide comprehensive product information and advise our customers expertly on product use.

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