SQM is a mining company that is a world leader in Specialty Plant Nutrition (fertilizer), Iodine, and Lithium. Myself, along with Steve Croke, Stacy Fantauzzi, Jim Jednak, and Yayi Wei had the privilege of leading the group in welcoming SQM's CEO and President, Mr. Patricio Contesse.
Since their mines are over 1000 miles away, a site visit was out of the question, so Mr. Contesse stopped by our hotel for a two-hour discussion about his operation. All of SQM's products extracted from the mines and salt deposits are environmentally safe, as well as all of their waste products. This is unheard of in any other industry.
As with all the other speakers this week, Mr. Contesse was more than willing to talk about his company and field many of our questions. He is very proud of the company, and is not shy about expressing this. In Mr. Contesse's words, "This company is fantastic".