URALCHEM products pass round-robin tests in Sweden
Added: (Wed Feb 29 2012)
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February 29, 2012. URALCHEM organized round-robin tests in one of the leading Nordic laboratories, Eurofins. On 8-10 February, company representatives delivered sample products to the Swedish laboratory for testing. During the tests, URALCHEM and Eurofin specialists compared methods used by both laboratories. This will lead to unification of the two sets of methods, thereby allowing URALCHEM to prove the quality of the products that the company exports to Europe and, in particular, to Scandinavian countries.
The objective of such comparison tests is to verify the accuracy of the methods used at the company’s quality control laboratories. Laboratories in different countries use different analysis techniques to determine the composition of fertilizers; these differences may cause discrepancies in results and misrepresent the true content of nutrients in the product. Therefore, it is important that the methods used by authorized laboratories in key markets, produce the same results as the methods used in URALCHEM’s labs.
The company already has experience in round-robin trials. In 2011, cooperation with a leading laboratory in the UK, Salamon & Seaber, greatly reduced the number of discrepancies in the results from the analysis of products supplied by URALCHEM to the UK and Ireland. The company plans to continue its efforts towards unifying test methods with those used by other leading western laboratories.
Tatiana Grebennikova, Product Manager at URALCHEM, noted that the results of the tests in different countries will help to further standardize analysis methods used in the company’s laboratories. "We now have a better understanding of how accurate our methods are, and in discussions with our Scandinavian clients, we will be able to use the data from the reputable Eurofins laboratory. And what’s even more important I suppose is the fact that our partners and customers in the Nordic markets can be sure that our quality management procedures are up-to-date and entirely adjustable to European standards,” she said.
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URALCHEM, OJSC is one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilisers in Russia and the CIS with production capacities of over 2.5 million tonnes of ammonium nitrate, 2.8 million tonnes of ammonia, 0.8 million tonnes of MAP and DAP, 0.8 million tonnes of complex fertilisers and 1.2 million tonnes of urea. URALCHEM, OJSC is the second largest ammonium nitrate producer in the world and number one in Russia, the second largest producer of nitrogen fertilisers in Russia. Key production assets of URALCHEM, OJSC include Azot Branch of URALCHEM, OJSC in Berezniki, Perm Region; OJSC Minudobrenia, Perm; MFP Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works, OJSC Branch in Kirovo-Chepetsk, Kirov region; Voskresensk Mineral Fertilisers, OJSC in Voskresensk, Moscow region.