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About Phosphorus. Phosphorus (a.k.a. P4) is a nonmetallic element, with atomic number 15, a member of group 15 of the periodic table. It can be found in three allotropic forms, called red, black and white phosphorus. The red is a violet-brown powder, the black is a black solid, with strong resemblance to graphite, while the white is a transparent crystal, yellow to white with a waxlike form. Phosphorus can be found in nature widespread across the planet, although not in its free elemental form. It occurs primarily in mineral rocks, in the form of phosphorus compounds. The element was discovered in 1669; however, production only began in the 1830s, rapidly growing after World War II. The vast majority of the elemental phosphorus produced is later converted to phosphoric acid and other phosphoric compounds, for applications in the agricultural industry.

Phosphorus Handling. The handling and storage of phosphorus requires a protective layer of water in the recipients. It is usually transported in its liquid form (melting point at 44°C), in railcars, where the element is allowed to solidify; however, the railcars are commonly equipped with a heating jacket for maintaining phosphorus as a liquid. For overseas shipping, tanktainers with reinforced superstructures are used.

Phosphorus Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Phosphorus are listed below.

  • Apatite + coke (or other carbon source) + quartz/silica (electric furnace reduction; production of white phosphorous),
  • White phosphorous (thermal conversion; production of red phosphorus)

Phosphorus Uses.The uses and applications of Phosphorus may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Phosphorus are electronic grade (99.9999 wt% minimum purity) and technical grade (99.99% minimum purity).

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  • Phosphorus, US (United States): Phosphorus, export transaction price, fob, United States
  • Phosphorus, EUR (Europe): Phosphorus, import transaction price, cif, Germany
  • Phosphorus, SEA (Southeast Asia): Phosphorus, import transaction price, cif, India
  • Phosphorus, CN (China): Phosphorus, domestic spot price, exw, China
  • Phosphorus, NEA (Northeast Asia): Phosphorus, import transaction price, cif, Japan

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Phosphorus Price Outlook. The price of Phosphorus (United States) increased during April 2019 to 3,680 USD per metric ton, which represents a slight rise of 0.3% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of Phosphorus (United States) increased by 5%. Meanwhile, the average price of Phosphorus (China) amounted to 2,250 USD per metric ton, from 2,410 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of Phosphorus (China) is 3% lower than the price one month before.

The price of Phosphorus (Southeast Asia) declined slightly throughout April 2019, reaching 2,810 USD per metric ton.  The price is 3% lower than the average price in the previous month and 0.7% higher than the average price one year before. In contrast, the prices of Phosphorus (Europe) decreased modestly during April 2019, reaching 2,900 USD per metric ton, which means a decline of 3% from the previous month’s price and a decline of 5% from the previous year’s price. 

The prices of Phosphorus (Northeast Asia) experienced a modest decline of 50 USD per metric ton from the prior month's price, to 3,020 USD per metric ton. Such price movement meant a decrease of 2% on a monthly basis and a rise of 7% on a yearly basis.

About Phosphorus. Phosphorus (a.k.a. P4) is a nonmetallic element, with atomic number 15, a member of group 15 of the periodic table. It can be found in three allotropic forms, called red, black and white phosphorus. The red is a violet-brown powder, the black is a black solid, with strong resemblance to graphite, while the white is a transparent crystal, yellow to white with a waxlike form. Phosphorus can be found in nature widespread across the planet, although not in its free elemental form. It occurs primarily in mineral rocks, in the form of phosphorus compounds. The element was discovered in 1669; however, production only began in the 1830s, rapidly growing after World War II. The vast majority of the elemental phosphorus produced is later converted to phosphoric acid and other phosphoric compounds, for applications in the agricultural industry.

Phosphorus Handling. The handling and storage of phosphorus requires a protective layer of water in the recipients. It is usually transported in its liquid form (melting point at 44°C), in railcars, where the element is allowed to solidify; however, the railcars are commonly equipped with a heating jacket for maintaining phosphorus as a liquid. For overseas shipping, tanktainers with reinforced superstructures are used.

Phosphorus Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Phosphorus are listed below.

  • Apatite + coke (or other carbon source) + quartz/silica (electric furnace reduction; production of white phosphorous),
  • White phosphorous (thermal conversion; production of red phosphorus)

Phosphorus Uses.The uses and applications of Phosphorus may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Phosphorus are electronic grade (99.9999 wt% minimum purity) and technical grade (99.99% minimum purity).

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