South 32, the 60% JV partner with Samancor Manganese, increased its saleable manganese ore production by 18% in its September 2015 quarter, but dropped its alloy production by 45%.
Totoal saleable South32 manganese ore production increased by 88 000 t to 580 000 t in the period. Production in the previous quarter was affected by industrial action and planned maintenance.
The alloy production declined from 38 000 t to 21 000 t as three out of the four high-carbon ferromanganese furnaces at Metalloys in South Africa remained suspended. The suspension of these three furnaces will continue indefinitely and a decision on the future of the fourth furnace will be made on conclusion of the South Africa Manganese review.
The review of South Africa Manganese is expected to be completed before the end of December 2015. As part of this process, Samancor Manganese will determine the optimal configuration and production profile for the South Africa Manganese mines to improve their competitiveness and sustainability through the cycle.
Employees and external stakeholders are being consulted the review progresses.