Reverse Blending as a Strategy for Purely Customizing Fertilizers While Considerably Reducing the Diversity to Be Produced: A Case Study

7 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2020 Last revised: 29 Jun 2020

See all articles by Latifa Benhamou

Latifa Benhamou

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University - EMINES, School of Industrial Management

Pierre Fenies

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University - EMINES, School of Industrial Management

Frederic Fontane

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University - EMINES, School of Industrial Management

Vincent Giard

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University - EMINES, School of Industrial Management

Date Written: June 26, 2020

Abstract

Reasoned fertilization is a major concern for sustainable agriculture and requires a major increase in the number of fertilizer formulas that cannot be achieved cost-effectively with current production models. We propose therefore a new approach, called reverse blending, based on a delayed differentiation performed nearby end-users, consisting in defining the composition of inputs that do not pre-exist, whose number must be as small as possible and whose blends will meet the exact requirements of a very wide variety of customized fertilizers. This approach is demonstrated through a case study that has identified the optimal composition of 8 inputs, whose blends enable the production of 700 fertilizers that are customized for some Moroccan provinces.

Keywords: Reasoned fertilization; mass customization; blending; inputs conception; fertilizers

Suggested Citation

Benhamou, Latifa and Fenies, Pierre and Fontane, Frederic and Giard, Vincent, Reverse Blending as a Strategy for Purely Customizing Fertilizers While Considerably Reducing the Diversity to Be Produced: A Case Study (June 26, 2020). SYMPHOS 2019 – 5th International Symposium on Innovation & Technology in the Phosphate Industry, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3636066 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3636066

Latifa Benhamou (Contact Author)

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University - EMINES, School of Industrial Management ( email )

Morocco

Pierre Fenies

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University - EMINES, School of Industrial Management ( email )

Morocco

Frederic Fontane

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University - EMINES, School of Industrial Management ( email )

Morocco

Vincent Giard

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University - EMINES, School of Industrial Management ( email )

Morocco

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
28
Abstract Views
173
PlumX Metrics