Saudi Arabia now the world’s third largest phosphate fertiliser exporter


Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) President and CEO Khalid Al Mudaifer

The rise of Saudi Arabia’s mining and minerals industry has been recognised with the appointment of Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) President and CEO Khalid Al Mudaifer to the board of the Paris-based International Fertilizer Association (IFA).

Saudi Arabia is now the world’s third largest exporter of phosphate fertiliser. Recently announced additional expansions will lead to the export of nearly 9 million tons of phosphate fertilisers a yer within the next decade. Further major expansions in the kingdom’s mining and minerals industry will be explored at the 2nd Saudi Arabian International Mining & Minerals Exhibition & Conference for Exploration, Extraction, Financing & Industrial Development in Riyadh on 30 January-1 February 2018.

The IFA is a non-profit organization that represents the global fertiliser industry on issues related to the promotion of plant nutrients, improvement of the operating environment of member companies and the collection and compilation of industry information. It has 501 member companies from 68 countries.

“For many years the IFA has been the voice of the global fertiliser industry, it plays a critical role in promoting industry issues and sharing best practices but it also sets the global standard for the study of our industry,” said Khalid Al Mudaifer. “We have been growing our relationship with IFA for a number of years now, while continuing to establish our own credentials in the global phosphate fertiliser market.”

Al Mudaifer’s appointment represents IFA’s recognition of the increased profile of Ma’aden in the production and global marketing of phosphate based fertilisers.

Khalid Al Mudaifer has been President and CEO of Ma’aden since 2011 and has 30 years of industrial experience in executive positions in mining-related sectors.

He joined Ma’aden as Vice President for Phosphate and Business Development where he led the early development of the Ma’aden Phosphate Company ($5.6bn) and the master planning of Ras Al Khair Industrial City ($28bn).