History of excellence

Since 1947, Stamicarbon has been at the forefront of developing and licensing technology for the urea industry. For more than 70 years, more than 250 urea plants licensed around the world have already used our technology. This is more than half of the installed capacity worldwide.

Urea is the largest nitrogen fertilizer used worldwide to add nutrients to crops, replenish arable land and increase crop yields. The life cycle of a urea plant is around 50 years. Stamicarbon offers continuous support throughout the whole life cycle of our clients' urea plants, known as our Full Life Cycle Philosophy. As pioneers with a higher purpose, Stamicarbon has proved itself time and again. 

1940s

Stamicarbon licenses coal washing plants, eventually specializing in fertilizers and urea.

1950s

Highlights by Stamicarbon:  

  • Flagship urea plant commissioned in Geleen, the Netherlands
  • First urea license sold to the Société Carbochimique in Tertre, Belgium
  • Oxygen passivation with Authentic SS (1953)
  • Austenitic SS:X2CrNiMo 17-12-3 being Urea grade

1960s

The first caprolactam license granted in Russia in 1964. The famous Stamicarbon Urea CO stripping plant was licensed in 1965.

1970s

Highlights by Stamicarbon:

  • Plant Management Consultancy (PMC) concept introduced
  • The invention of the CO stripping process for substantial reduction of HP steam consumption
  • Reliability improvement of longer lifetime of HP equipment, especially HP Stripper (highest temperatures), by the development of improved corrosion-resistant Austenitic Steel: X2CrNiMo 25-22-2

1980s

High- and low-density polyethylene (HDPE and LLDPE) licensing. Stamicarbon sells its licensing business (excluding Urea).

1990s

The launch of:

  • LAUNCH Melt Pool Condenser Design and LAUNCH Melt Pool Reactor Design
  • Safurex® steel
  • Stamicarbon's fluid-bed granulation technology

2000s

The introduction of the Mega Plant concept for production capacities up to 6000 mtpd.

2009

Maire Tecnimont acquires Stamicarbon.

2010

First commercial license for the LAUNCH Melt Compact Design - Stamicarbon's latest urea concept. The height is only 40 meters with less equipment.

2012

The zero emission and elimination of the flare.

2015

Introduction of the LAUNCH Melt Ultra-Low Energy Design.

2016

Introduction of new Safurex® grades: 

  • Safurex® Infinity
  • Safurex® Degree
  • Safurex® Star

2017

Highlights:

  • Stamicarbon re-enters into Nitric Acid business with energy-efficient dual pressure plant concept
  • Stamicarbon acquires 20% shares in PURSELL Agri-Tech Controlled-release fertilizers

2018

Three LAUNCH Melt Low Energy Design Units installed.

2019

Highlights:

  • On April 4, Stamicarbon announced the Innovation Agenda to invest in a sustainable future with fertilizers
  • On July 19, Stamicarbon reached a new milestone in its digital roadmap with the acquisition of Protomation. Protomation is a Dutch specialist IT company dedicated to developing software applications and state-of-the-art operator training simulators (OTS) for the chemical process industry, with an extensive track record of collaboration with fertilizer producers