R&D Direction

Paying great attention on new product development and scientific innovation, Yonfer always sticks to the strategy of "Innovation driven and Eco-friendly development". After decades of development, the company has formed four R&D directions around the phosphorus chemical industry chain including new fertilizers, new energy materials, fine phosphorus chemicals and phosphogypsum building materials.

New fertilizers: focusing on the development of specific fertilizers for crops, and aiming at the coordinated improvement of crop yield and quality, efficient utilization of nutrient resources and soil health, Yonfer is committed to the research and development of specific fertilizer for crops, slow and controlled release fertilizer, stable fertilizer, water-soluble fertilizer, bio-organic fertilizer, microbial fertilizer, soil conditioner and other products.

New energy materials: carry out research on phosphoric acid purification process and downstream products, and layout the new energy material industry chain around "wet-process phosphoric acid - industrial grade MAP - iron phosphate - lithium iron phosphate".

Fine phosphorus chemicals: by extending the company's phosphorus chemical industry chain, Yonfer carries out research on the recovery and utilization of the associated fluorine and silicon resources in wet-process phosphoric acid, as well as the study on the process of producing anhydrous hydrogen fluoride and silica from fluorosilicic acid, so as to open up the industrial chain of "fluorosilicic acid - hydrogen fluoride - lithium hexafluorophosphate". It also carries out research on purifying phosphoric acid to produce industrial grade/food grade/electronic grade phosphoric acid, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, high-end flame retardant and other fine phosphates, so as to realize the cascade utilization of phosphoric acid, the diversification of products and the maximization of value.

Phosphogypsum building materials: focusing on the resource utilization of phosphogypsum, Yonfer carries out the research on purification technology of phosphogypsum to develop high value-added products such as high-end gypsum powder, gypsum powder products, spherical cement retarders, etc.

Innovation Platform

With perfect R&D system and strong independent R&D capability, precise analysis laboratory and modern test base, as well as advanced R&D and testing equipment, Yonfer can meet the inspection and test requirements of different technical series and test standards. Yonfer has built five research and development platforms including the Key Laboratory for Crop Specific Fertilizers of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Postdoctoral Research Workstation, Hubei Enterprise Technology Center, Hubei Crop Nutrition and Specific Fertilizer Engineering Technology Research Center, and Hubei Crop Specific Fertilizer Technology Enterprise-University Joint Innovation Center, 4,000 square meters of scientific research sites, and equipped X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, plasma emission spectrometer and other detection equipment worth nearly 10 million RMB yuan, so as to ensure the smooth implementation of different R&D projects.

Industry-University-Research Collaboration

Adhering to the development path of the collaboration of industry, university and research, Yonfer has not only established long-term cooperation with more than 30 scientific research institutions including the National Agro-Tech Extension and Service Center (NATESC), China Agricultural University, China National Hybrid Rice R&D Center, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Huazhong Agricultural University, Hubei Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Shandong Agricultural University, Shanghai Research Institute of Chemical Industry and Hainan University, but also some international organizations such as the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide and world famous specific fertilizer companies such as COMPO Expert from Germany and VAN IPEREN from Netherlands, jointly committed to the technology upgrading and application of international advanced new fertilizer.

In October 2010, Yonfer signed a university enterprise cooperation agreement with China Agricultural University and jointly build a national soil test-based fertilization demonstration network to promote the R&D and popularization of formulated fertilizers and new fertilizers. In 2018, the two sides successfully applied for the Key Laboratory of Crop Specific Fertilizer of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, continued to promote product innovation and technological progress around the demand for green development of agriculture, and played an important role in upgrading China's fertilizer industry from extensive to precise, and truly establishing a crop demand oriented product supply system.

In October 2017, Yonfer signed a cooperation agreement with COMPO EXPORT GmbH to carry out strategic cooperation on the development of stable fertilizers. Through the superposition of technical cooperation, localized production and brand channels, the two sides have achieved deep integration, mutual benefit and win-win results, and contributed to promoting the Zero Growth of Fertilizer, improving agricultural quality and efficiency, and increasing farmers' income.

In August 2019, Yonfer and Huazhong Agricultural University signed an open subject cooperative research development agreement on Development of High Efficiency Specific Fertilizer for Rape to Meet the Demand of Restorative Planting of Rape. In 2020, the research Innovation and Application of Key Technologies for Accurate, Light and Efficient Nutrient Management of Rape won the first prize of Hubei Provincial Science and Technology Progress Award. In August 2022, the two sides launched the second phase of the project.

In 2020, Yonfer, the University of Melbourne and the University of Adelaide jointly established the MAX-IFIC International New Fertilizer Research Center, and employed internationally renowned academicians MIKE and Professor Chen Deli as R&D consultants to commit to research and innovation in the efficiency enhancement of nitrogen, phosphorus and trace elements, so as to accelerate Yonfer to reach world-class R&D standards.

In April 2022, Yonfer established a strategic partnership with Van Iperen, a world famous fertilizer enterprise based in Netherlands, launched the Zinomi compound fertilizer, and committed to building it into a high-end compound fertilizer brand with market influence.

In October 2022, Yonfer and Hainan University signed an open subject cooperative research development agreement on the Development and Demonstration of Specific Fertilizers for High Value Added Crops in Hainan, which focuses on developing the formula of specific fertilizers for high value added crops in Hainan, exploring a new model of replacing quick acting fertilizers with long-term fertilizers, and expanding the demonstration application of high value added crops in Hainan.

Innovation Team

Yonfer's R&D team currently has 424 personnel, including 5 doctors, 124 masters, one enjoying the special allowance of the State Council, and one selected into the National Hundred-Thousand-Ten Thousand Talents Project. The R&D personnel's specialties cover soil, plant nutrition, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, crop cultivation, etc. The company employs experts, including more than 20 academicians from China Agricultural University and experts from the National Nutrition Management Cooperation Network, Luc Maene, the former chairman of International Fertilizer Industry Association, and Professor Chen Deli from the University of Melbourne, to provide support for product innovation, formula optimization, and integrated promotion of agricultural application technology.

Expert Introduction

Tang Sanzhou  Senior Engineer
Wang Yanfeng Intermediate Economist
Zhang Fusuo External Expert
Li Xiaolin External Expert
Zhang Weifeng External Expert
Tang Sanzhou  Senior Engineer

Male, Han nationality, born in April 1968 in Tianmen city, Hubei province

Graduated from Wuhan University majoring Environmental Chemistry, bachelor's degree

Senior Engineer

Director of the Key Laboratory of Crop Specific Fertilizers of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs;

Member of the National Fertilizer and Soil Standardization Committee;

Enjoy expert subsidies from Hubei Provincial People's Government;

Chief engineer of the company.

As an expert who has been engaged in research on production process of compound fertilizer for many years, he has successively presided over and completed the construction of compound fertilizer production line with an annual capacity of 5.5 million tons, promoted Yonfer to be awarded the National High-tech Enterprise, and employed as an industry expert of China Phosphate and Compound Fertilizer Industry Association. The national circular economy utilization energy conservation and emission reduction project which was taken by him, has achieved more than 100 million RMB yuan in efficiency. He has successively won Jingmen city’s first "Excellent Talent" and the second "Youth May Fourth Medal", and be awarded as the Advanced Worker of Environmental Protection in Jingmeng City, and the Consultative Expert of Jingmen's 100 Billion RMB Yuan Chemical Industry. In addition, he also has won 1 First Prize of Hubei Provincial Technical Invention Awards and 1 Third Prize of Jingmen Scientific and Technological Progress Awards, and successfully applied for 1 national invention patent and 6 national practical patents.

Wang Yanfeng Intermediate Economist

Male, Han nationality, born in Datong city, Shanxi Province in July 1982

Graduated from China Agricultural University majoring Plant Nutrition, doctor's degree Intermediate economist;

Deputy Director of the Key Laboratory of Crop Specific Fertilizers of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs;

Deputy Director of R&D Center.

From 2005 to 2011, he studied in Resources and Environment College of China Agricultural University and Agricultural Policy Research Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2011, he graduated from Resources and Environment College of China Agricultural University with a doctor's degree. From 2008 to 2009, he was seconded to the Planting Management Department of the Ministry of Agriculture. From 2011 to 2015, he worked in the Strategic Development Department, Marketing Department and Agricultural Service Center of Sinochem Fertilizer Co., Ltd., and served successively as the President Assistant and Head of the Strategic Development Department of Xinyangfeng Agricultural Technology Co., Ltd. He is currently a director of Hubei Xinyangfeng Modern Agricultural Development Co., Ltd. and a vice president of Xinyangfeng Agricultural Technology Co., Ltd.

Zhang Fusuo External Expert

National Academician, Consultant of New Fertilizer Development Center, a joint R&D center by College of Resources and Environment, China Agricultural University and Yonfer.

Li Xiaolin External Expert

Professor, Director of the Academic Committee of the Key Laboratory of Crop Specific Fertilizers, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

Zhang Weifeng External Expert

Professor, Deputy Director of the Academic Committee of the Key Laboratory of Crop Specific Fertilizers, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

R&D Outcomes

Through technological innovation, Yonfer has developed a full range of products to meet the needs of specific application scenarios of crops in different regions, such as green slow and controlled release fertilizer, water-soluble fertilizer, biological fertilizer, crop specific fertilizer, soil conditioner, etc. The company has successively undertaken more than 10 national and provincial major scientific research projects, such as "13th Five-Year Plan" and "14th Five-Year Plan" national key R&D projects, and major special projects in Hubei Province. Up to now, Yonfer has successfully applied for 235 patents including 20 invention patents, and has won 1 First Prize of Hubei Provincial Scientific and Technological Progress Awards, 1 First Prize of Shandong Provincial Scientific and Technological Progress Awards, and 1 First Prize of Hubei Provincial Technical Invention Awards. It also participated in drafting two national standards including MAP and DAP (GB10205-2009), Packaging of Solid Chemical Fertilizers (GB 8569-2009), and three industrial standards including Fertilizers Containing Fertilizer Retention Agent (HG/T 5519-2019), Determination Method of Phosphorus and Fluorine in Phosphogypsum (JC/T 2073-2011), and Automatic Heavy Duty Bag Sealing Machine (JB/T 14018-2021).
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