Exports of phosphate mined by the Compagnie Sénégalaise des
Phosphates de Taïba (CSPT) began in 1960. But only in 1984,
with the startup of the first Phosphoric Acid manufacturing
unit at Industries Chimiques du Sénégal (ICS), did a growing
part of the ore begin to be processed locally.
1996, the ICS Group, born of the ICS-CSPT merger-takeover,
completed its vertical integration of the production and marketing
chain, following the example of ICS's competitors around the
world. This integrated production scheme, that ranged from
mining the ore to processing it to make phosphate fertilizer,
ensured the company considerable flexibility in its production
and sales policies.