Ukraine’s largest ferroalloy smelters Nikopol and Zaporizhia ferroalloy works reduced ferroalloy output by 3.2% in January-May 2019 to 433,170 tonnes as compared with the same period in 2018, the Ukrainian Ferroalloy Producers’ Association told Interfax-Ukraine.
During the review period, overall silicon manganese production dropped by 7% to 350,010 tonnes and ferromanganese output was 15% up to 35,280 tonnes. Output of 45%-ferrosilicon grew by 6.1% to 35,680 tonnes and manganese metal production fell by 4% to 3,160 tonnes.
Nikopol Ferroalloy Works raised production of other ferroalloys by 2.4 times to 9,040 tonnes.
The country’s two manganese concentrate producers, the Pokrovsky (formerly Ordzhonikidze) and Marhanets mining and beneficiation plants, produced 555,580 tonnes of manganese concentrate in January-May 2019, which is 4.4% less than in January-May 2018.
Marhanets mining and beneficiation plant produced 205,430 tonnes of concentrate (a fall of 6.2%) and Pokrovsky mining and beneficiation plant made 350,150 tonnes (a decline of 3.4%) in January-May 2019 as compared with the same period last year. In addition, the latter produced 63,740 tonnes of manganese sinter, which is 20.7% less than in January-May 2018.