CRU acquires leading fertilizer and chemical industry publications from BCInsight

04 January 2024:

Today, CRU, the global commodities experts, announces it has acquired a portfolio of leading fertilizer and chemical industry publications from BCInsight. The strategic acquisition will reunite the Fertilizer International, Nitrogen+Syngas and Sulphur publications, with their sister conferences owned by CRU.  These will be combined as part of CRU’s new Communities business unit which will seek to strengthen engagement and facilitate knowledge-sharing and networking across the fertilizer and wider chemicals industries.

Nicola Coslett, CEO of CRU Communities at CRU said, “I am delighted to bring these publications back into the CRU family and to welcome Lisa and her team to CRU.  This acquisition aligns perfectly with our mission to provide comprehensive and valuable resources to the global fertilizer community. We have worked as partners for many years, and I am confident that, together, we will create an even more vibrant and dynamic community that fosters innovation and collaboration opportunities to our clients who are at the centre of our fertilizer and chemicals communities.”

Chris Lawson, Head of Fertilizers at CRU, said “Expanding technical expertise alongside our unrivalled team of dedicated and highly experienced analysts will enhance CRU’s ability to deliver even more comprehensive and insightful information to our clients. With so many new entrants into the ammonia, phosphate and fertilizer industries, the need for technical knowledge and insights has never been more important.”

Lisa Connock, Director and Technical Editor at BCInsight, concluded, “After working closely with Nicola and CRU for so many years, it was clear CRU Communities would be a great home for our publications.  CRU’s fertilizer and related conferences have long been recognised as premier events in the sector, attracting industry leaders, experts, and key stakeholders from around the world. I am incredibly proud of the community we have built, and I look forward to serving our customers with an even stronger offering as we embark on a new phase of growth together.”

The magazines will continue to operate under their existing names, maintaining the commitment to delivering high-quality technical content and meaningful market insights to readers. The acquisition will allow the magazines to leverage CRU’s extensive data and thought leadership to further enhance reach and influence, across the whole fertilizer industry.


About CRU

CRU offers unrivalled business intelligence on the global metals, mining and fertilizer industries through its unique market analysis, price assessments, emissions analysis, consultancy and events. As a result, CRU delivers customers with a complete view of the worldwide commodity markets.

Since its foundation in 1969, CRU has consistently invested in primary research, robust data methodologies, and developed expert global teams. As a result of this continued investment, and forward-looking approach, CRU provides in-depth market analysis and insights on a wide range of issues, from counsel on macro challenges such as carbon emission reductions and the circular economy, to commodity-specific demand trends and regulations. This holistic offering delivers customers access to trusted and objective data analysis for transparent decision making, alongside support on their path to sustainability and decarbonisation

Today, CRU employs over 420 experts across 14 offices in locations including Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia.

About BCInsight

An independent private publishing company providing market leading publications online and in print with analysis, technical articles, comment and statistics on the world-wide production, trade, transportation, handling and consumption of fertilizers, fertilizer raw materials, sulphur and certain other minerals and chemicals. The company publishes three bimonthly titles, two annual directories and an online buyer’s guide: Sulphur, Nitrogen+Syngas, Fertilizer International, Sulphur Industry Directory, Fertilizer Industry Directory and BCInsightsearch.com.


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