Innophos Holdings Inc a Delaware corporation incorporated on July 15, 2004. The Company commenced operations as an independent company in August 2004 after purchasing its North American specialty phosphates business from affiliates of Rhodia, S.A. In November 2006, it completed an initial public offering and listed its Common Stock for trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol IPHS. Innophos is an international producer of mineral based performance-critical specialty ingredients with applications in food, beverage, pharmaceutical, oral care and industrial end markets. It has four principal product lines: Specialty Ingredients, Food and Technical Grade purified phosphoric acid, or PPA, Technical Grade Sodium Tripolyphosphate (STPP) & Detergent Grade PPA and GTSP & Other. The first three product lines comprise its Specialty Phosphates US/Canada and Mexico reporting segments, with GTSP & Other reported separately in a third reporting segment. Specialty Ingredients (including specialty phosphate salts, specialty phosphoric acids and a range of other mineral based specialty ingredients) are the engineered products in its portfolio. The Company has a frange of applications such as flavor enhancers in beverages, electrolytes in sports drinks, texture modifiers in cheeses, leavening agents in baked goods, mineral sources for nutritional supplements, pharmaceutical excipients and abrasives in toothpaste. Specialty phosphoric acids are used in industrial applications such as asphalt modification and petrochemical catalysis. Food and Technical Grade PPA are high purity forms of PPA, distinct from the agricultural-grade merchant green phosphoric acid, or MGA, used in fertilizer production. PPA is used to manufacture specialty phosphate salts and acids and is also used directly in beverage applications as a flavor enhancer and in water treatment applications. It also sells Technical Grade PPA in the merchant market to third-party phosphate derivative producers. STPP is a specialty phosphate derived from reacting phosphoric acid with a sodium alkali. STPP is a key ingredient in cleaning products, including industrial and institutional cleaners and automatic dishwashing detergents and consumer laundry detergents outside the U.S. In addition to its use in cleaning products, STPP is also used in water treatment, clay processing, and copper ore processing. Granular Triple Super Phosphate, or GTSP, is a fertilizer product line produced at its Coatzacoalcos facility. GTSP is used throughout Latin America for increasing crop yields in a range of agricultural sectors. GTSP is made as a co-product of its purified wet acid manufacturing process. It is subject to the regulations imposed by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FCPA, which generally prohibit U.S. companies, their subsidiaries and their intermediaries from making improper payments to foreign officials for the purpose of obtaining or keeping business. The Company's operations are subject to extensive and changing federal and state environmental laws and regulations.
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