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Manga Socoroma | Overview  | Application

Manganese – An Unsung Hero

It's the world's fourth-most consumed metal by weight, after Iron, Aluminum and Copper, and the twelfth-most abundant in the Earth's crust.

Manganese possesses chemical properties that make it an ideal input into the making of alloys. It is commonly obtained through manganese ore in the form of manganese oxide (also known as pyrolusite), or through iron ores. Manganese production is thus often subsumed under iron mining. Besides their ores being regularly obtained from the same mines, manganese and iron are further linked due to their complementarity in steel production.

Current Production:

Manganese ore mining is dominated by a few firms. One of the world’s largest manganese ore producing companies is BHP Billiton, a global mining company with operations in Australia and South Africa. It is followed by the Privat Group (a Ukrainian company) with operations in Australia, Ghana and Ukraine. These two companies account for about a third of the worldwide manganese production, collectively contributing over 10 million tons of manganese of output per year. The remaining three companies among the top five manganese producers are ErametComilog (a French company producing over 3 million tons of manganese from mines in Gabon), Assmang Ltd (producing over 2 million tons of manganese from mines in South Africa) and Vale (producing over 2 million tons from mines in Brazil). These companies also dominate manganese alloy production. The top four producers of manganese alloy are Privat Group, Eramet, BHP Billington, Vale, Nippon Denko, (Chinese Japanese firm).

Manga Socoroma’s production goal is to reach a rate of annual quantity of 1 million MT before the end of the third year. At that production rate, Manga Socoroma is expected to be among the top 10 producers of Manganese ore in the world.

 

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