Enaex S.A. Chemical Division
Enaex S.A., a subsidiary of the Sigdo Koppers Group, established in 1920, which has consolidated as Chile’s and Latin America’s most important company in the production of ammonium nitrate and other chemical products for mining, keeping directly – or through their products’ supply from third parties – a large contract portfolio with the main mining companies operating in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru.
ENAEX S.A. currently exports ammonium nitrate to over 30 countries around the world, becoming one of the world’s main players in the commercialization of EGAN® explosive-grade ammonium nitrate.
In late 2010 Enaex S.A. opened its new ammonium nitrate plant known as Panna 4 which represented a US$230 million investment. This allowed us to enlarge the Prillex America Complex Facilities, located in Mejillones, Antofagasta Region, which meant increasing its production capacity from 450,00 to 850,000 annual tons of low-density ammonium nitrate, positioning as one of the world’s largest producers. This has allowed us to satisfy Chile’s large-scale mining growing demand, and that of other important clients from around the world.
In response to the growing needs of the international market, and the Enaex ability to produce at large scale, the company launched in 2010 an internationalization process embracing new markets through exports and opening of branch offices in the countries of destination. This allowed Enaex to commercialize in 2011 the whole production generated by the new ammonium nitrate plant (PANNA 4), with a strong international expansion, selling its products in over 40 countries, reaching Asia, Oceania, Africa and Europe, and continuing its solid presence in Latin America. Branch offices are being established in those markets where service support is required for an efficient use of products.
The Buenos Aires branch office was opened in 2007; during 2009 offices in San Juan and Olavarría – Argentina were opened, and since 2011 we have a new cartridge emulsions plant in Colombia. This strong expansion in the international market was possible thanks to the commercialization strategies developed, expanding the ammonium nitrate line in order to satisfy each client’s specific needs, and implementing efficient logistics to guarantee continuous supply to the different markets.
Logistics – Enaex S.A. in the world
Enaex S.A. has been present in over 40 countries, mainly Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Central America, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. Thus, our company is today present in five continents: America, Asia, Oceania, Africa and Europe.
Our logistics ability is supported by efficiency and service guarantee, by using the different transportation methods that have allowed us to send our products to a variety of locations around the world. This is how we manage a highly developed land transport service in trucks to our neighboring countries.
We also have great capacity to ship in break-bulk conditions, in chartering vessels, with capacities of up to 7,300 Mt, and sent from Puerto Angamos to countries such as Peru and Mexico, among others. Smaller batches are sent in 20’ or 40’ containers through the most important shipping lines.
Prillex Plant Complex
The Enaex S.A. complex is located in the city of Mejillones, Antofagasta Region, Chile, neighboring the largest mining center in South America, and near the Port of Mejillones.
Since 2010, with the coming into operation of its fourth plant, the complex reached a capacity of 850,000 Mt annual production of technical-grade ammonium nitrate, thus becoming the largest ammonium nitrate production complex in the world.
The Prillex America Plant, aligned with the Enaex S.A. vision of being the world’s most prestigious ammonium nitrate company, has outlined a strategic lineament and vision towards 2020 to transform Enaex S.A. into a world-class company.