From 7 to 9 October, OCP and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University are organizing the fifth edition of the International Symposium on Innovation and Technology in the Phosphate Industry (Symphos) in Benguerir. The Symphos 2019 is held around the theme: “Innovative and Disruptive Technologies for a Sustainable Phosphate Industry”.
Launched in 2011, Symphos is held every two years. It is an international hub of innovation around phosphates and its derivatives. This year, it brings together around 1,000 participants from 39 different countries. They come from the global phosphate ecosystem: industry players, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, start-ups and technology developers, research institutes and institutions …
The fifth edition of Symphos introduces new themes and devices on digitalization, artificial intelligence and the circular economy. As well as the role of ammonia, an essential element for soil fertilization.
“You can not do applied research if you do not listen to the market, which is why we have an exhibition space, with about 85 manufacturers exhibiting their best innovations to inject them into the phosphate industry,” says Rachid Boulif, research director at OCP and responsible for organizing Symphos 2019.
As a result, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University hosts a program that includes plenary lectures, workshops, round tables, oral communications, BtoB meetings and organizes visits to OCP Group sites.
Rachid Boulif also tells us that this edition aims to develop new partnerships between industrialists and academics and find ways to produce a better quality fertilizer. These can indeed have an impact on the health of consumers of agricultural products.
Thus, Symphos 2019 is a platform for sharing around innovation and good practices. It therefore makes it possible to examine the solutions that can improve production and preserve resources while promoting synergy between laboratories, research centers and manufacturers.