History

Pre-Canpotex Formation

1943

Potash discovered in Saskatchewan while drilling for oil.

1960

First successful potash mine drilled in Saskatchewan.

1962

Commercial potash production begins at the IMC K-1 mine at Esterhazy

1970s

1970

Potexco Limited (renamed Canpotex Limited in October 1970) formed to efficiently market Canadian potash to countries outside Canada and the United States, with registered office in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Sales and distribution managed by potash producing companies, acting on Canpotex’s behalf, until 1972.

Ten potash mines operating in Saskatchewan. 

1972

Canpotex takes over sales and general distribution activities from the potash producing companies and becomes operational with 12 shareholders.

Canpotex opens its head office in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and representative offices in Singapore and Tokyo to better serve its customers in those regions.

1974

An inland transportation office opens in Regina as Canpotex takes over supply and inland transportation activities from the Saskatchewan potash producers.

Canpotex Shipping Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canpotex Limited opens in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to coordinate ocean freight and terminal activities for Canpotex.

1979

Canpotex establishes an office in Tokyo, Japan to provide direct contact with Japanese importers.

A number of Canpotex member companies, through Canpotex Bulk Terminals Limited, purchase an interest in Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd. at North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

1980s

1982

Consolidation of the Saskatchewan potash industry takes Canpotex shareholders from 12 to 7.

1983

Canpotex initiates first Market Development program in China, a “grass roots” program that promotes balanced fertilizer application to produce better and healthier crops.

1984

Canpotex establishes an office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada to coordinate Market Development activities, and relocates its transportation office from Regina to Saskatoon.

1985

Canpotex moves its Toronto head office to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

1986

Canpotex sponsors education programs for Chinese farmers on the benefits of balanced fertilization, and is among the first western companies to institute a TV advertising campaign in China.

Canpotex and the Government of Canada jointly fund a pilot bulk blend plant in South China, which will purchase its future potash requirements from Canpotex.

Canpotex inaugurates new distribution route through Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada on the St. Lawrence Seaway to supply markets in Europe.

1990s

1992

Canpotex incorporates its Singapore representative office.

1993

Canpotex establishes an office in Hong Kong to provide direct contact to Chinese importers, and coordinate ongoing Market Development activities in that country.

Canpotex completes a CDN $30 million investment in Neptune Bulk Terminals in North Vancouver, British Columbia which increases storage capacity to 210,000 tonnes and throughput capacity to 6.0 million tonnes.

1997

Canpotex celebrates its 25th Anniversary with the opening of Portland Bulk Terminals, its new bulk handling terminal facility at Portland, Oregon, USA. This new facility gives Canpotex an additional 100,000 tonnes of potash storage capacity and a second terminal on the Pacific West Coast, making deliveries even more flexible and cost-effective. 

Further consolidation of the Saskatchewan potash industry reduces Canpotex shareholders from seven to three.

1999

Canpotex, in collaboration with National Steel Car of Hamilton, Ontario, design a high-capacity railcar dedicated to potash service. These railcars are built to preserve potash quality, and to increase operational efficiencies.

2000s

2001

Investments in Neptune Bulk Terminals increase terminal throughput to 8.5 million tonnes.

2007

Storage building extension at Portland Bulk Terminals increases its storage capacity to 135,000 million tonnes.

2009

Canpotex invests in track reconfiguration at Neptune Bulk Terminals, increasing terminal throughput capacity to 9.0 million tonnes.

2010s

2011

Major upgrades to Neptune Bulk Terminals increase terminal throughput capacity to 10.0 million tonnes.

2012

Canpotex’s Railcar Maintenance Facility commences operations in Lanigan District, Saskatchewan, ensuring Canpotex’s railcars are efficiently maintained for safe and timely transportation of Saskatchewan potash to offshore markets. 

2013

Canpotex relocates its Hong Kong office to Shanghai, China in order to provide more direct service to its customers in that region.

2014

Canpotex celebrates delivering its 200 millionth tonne of Saskatchewan potash to its customers in offshore markets.

2015

Canpotex announces National Steel Car will manufacture an additional 700 railcars for potash shipments.

Canpotex completes installation of its new high-speed shiploader at Portland Bulk Terminals, and increases throughput capacity at the terminal. 

PotashCorp Playland at Kinsmen Park opens, featuring the Canpotex Train ride co-funded by Canpotex and CP Rail for the Saskatoon community

2016

Saint John Terminal (located in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada) is added to Canpotex’s export supply chain, increasing Canpotex's annual capacity by 2.5 million tonnes.