Dead Sea Works

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Dead Sea Works
Industry Chemicals & Extraction of Minerals
Founded 1929
Products Potash, Bromine, Magnesium
Owner Israel Chemicals
Palestine Potash Ltd., 1945

The Dead Sea Works (Hebrew: מפעלי ים המלח‎, Mif'alei Yam HaMelakh) is an Israeli potash plant in Sdom, on the Dead Sea coast of Israel.


The company was established in 1930 by Moshe Novomeysky. It was known then as the Palestine Potash Company. From 1936, it was a profitable enterprise despite attempts by the German potash cartel to strangle the business by dumping potash at below-cost prices.[1]

In the Israel War of Independence in 1948, the northern half of the production facilities was occupied by the Jordanian Legion, which destroyed the plant and looted the machinery.[1]

In 1951, the company was nationalized by the Israeli government under the Ministry of Development.[2] In 1953, it was renamed the Dead Sea Works.[3]


An aerial view of the evaporation ponds operated by the Dead Sea Works

Dead Sea Works is the world's fourth largest producer and supplier of potash products.[4] The company also produces magnesium chloride, industrial salts, de-icers, bath salts, table salt, and raw materials for the cosmetic industry.[4] It has customers in over 60 countries. Dead Sea Works is part of the Fertilizers Division of Israel Chemicals Ltd.[3] It is located in the southern basin of the Dead Sea and the extracted chemicals are exported around the world.[5]

Rather than extracting potash and other minerals from the Dead Sea by mining them directly, the company makes use of solar energy with 2-meter deep evaporation ponds.[6]


Dead Sea Works has been blamed by conservationists for polluting the environment and contributing to the Dead Sea's slow evaporation.[7]

Part of the Dead Sea Works.

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Coordinates: 31°02′05″N 35°22′16″E / 31.034697°N 35.371116°E / 31.034697; 35.371116