Cape Town, South Africa

June 2-4, 2020

 

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The IMnI Annual Conference is a unique global platform for manganese leaders to meet, network and exchange on the development of manganese Industry. Hosted by International Manganese Institute, the Conference moves around the world, giving the participants access to technical tours. The IMnI Conference is open to IMnI Members and other relevant market participants.

After the success of the 2019 edition in Vienna, where 200+ delegates of the manganese community networked and learned about the latest trends of the industry, Cape Town has been chosen for the 2020 event.

The Conference will include technical visits to

  • Manganese Metal Company (MMC), Transalloys and Transnet Port Elizabeth & Coega on Monday, June 1
  • 4 open-pit mines (Kudumane, South 32 Mamatwan, Tshipi &UMK) and 2 underground mines (Assmang Gloria & Nchwaning) on Friday, June 5.

Additional information to follow soon.

  • Kevin Fowkes

    Has 21 years’ experience working as an economist and consultant in the Ferroalloy Industry. From 2007 to 2009, Kevin Fowkes was a Business Development Manager in the Metals Division of Privat Group. Before that he was the Senior Market Analyst for the Norwegian ferroalloy group Elkem, and a consultant for Hatch Beddows and CRU International. Since 2009, Kevin has run AlloyConsult, his own company, which provides bespoke consulting services to the ferroalloy industry. Kevin Fowkes is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

Autlán is a Mexican company engaged in MANGANESE, ENERGY and PRECIOUS METALS.  The company was founded in 1953 and has been recognized as a reliable supplier because
 of its high-quality products and commercial service.  With regard to manganese, Autlán is the largest producer of manganese ferroalloys in the Americas and is the most important producer of manganese ore in North and Central America. Autlán is focused on fulfilling the manganese needs from the steel industry as well as the specialized manganese requirements from the dry battery, ceramic and micro nutrient producers. The company owns three manganese mining units and three ferroalloy plants.
South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company.  We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminium, energy and metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc at our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. We are also the owner of a high-grade zinc, lead and silver development option in North America and have several partnerships with junior explorers with a focus on base metals. Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come, and to be trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources.
Transalloys is a well-recognized supplier of silicomanganese globally, and the only silicomanganese producer in South Africa. The production plant is situated 14 km west of eMalahleni (Witbank) and approximately 90 km east of Pretoria, in the Mpumalanga Province. Manganese ore used in the production process comes from the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, which is known to contain 75% of the world’s identified manganese ore reserves.   The company was established in 2007 when the Renova Group, a Russian diversified investment holding, acquired the plant. Under Renova’s strategic leadership and as a result of the concerted effort by the Transalloys’ management team and the employees, the productivity and output of the plant were increased by 50% without the addition of any additional smelting capacity. The plant has the capacity to produce approximately 180 000 tonnes of silicomanganese per annum. In 2018 Renova divested 51% of its interest in Transalloys to Israeli and Swiss investors.   The plant itself dates back to the mid-1960’s when the first two furnaces were built. Currently, there are 5 submerged arc furnaces, with capacity ranging between 22 and 48 MVA. Transalloys is currently in the process of constructing a UHT oxygen blown converter, which is scheduled to come into operation in Q1 of 2020. Once in operation, one of the SiMn furnaces will be converted to HCFeMn production, as feedstock to the converter for conversion to MCFeMn.   The standard grade silicomanganese contains a minimum of 16.5% of silicon, 65 to 67% of manganese and a maximum of 2% carbon.
Introduction Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining Proprietary Limited is an independently operated and managed, black empowered manganese ore producer. Tshipi é Ntle means “beautiful steel” in the local Tswana language. Tshipi is not only the largest single manganese mine and exporter from South Africa but is also one of the five largest manganese ore exporters globally. Based in the Kalahari Manganese Field (KMF), the largest manganese-bearing geological formation in the world, Tshipi Borwa Mine is a shallow open-cast operation developed on a large and homogenous ore body with a currently confirmed life of mine reserve of approximately 30 years.     History Ntsimbintle Mining, a B-BBEE company, was formed in 2004 to pursue exploration and mining opportunities emerging in the South African manganese sector and successfully applied for prospecting rights in 2004, in an area between Kathu and Hotazel, in the Northern Cape. These rights were held in Ntsimbintle’s subsidiary company, namely Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining (Pty) Limited. Initial prospecting activities commenced in 2006. Eventually Pallinghurst Resources and OM Holdings acquired a stake in Tshipi. The Tshipi mining right application was approved in 2010 and after a 20-month construction and commissioning phase, Tshipi Borwa Mine railed and exported its first manganese ore.   Our Shareholders Tshipi’s success depends largely on its unique management style and group of shareholders who possess a wealth of technical, commercial and marketing experience in the mining industry, and have uniquely positioned the Company to take full advantage of its available resources in order to become the largest exporter of manganese ore in South Africa today. These shareholders today include Luxembourg registered, Jupiter Kalahari S.A. (JKSA) (49.9%) and South African registered, Ntsimbintle Mining Limited (50.1%) JKSA is 100% owned by, Australian registered Jupiter Mines Limited, listed on the ASX. Ntsimbintle Mining Limited is held by Bermuda registered OM Holdings Limited (26%), listed on the ASX, and South African registered Ntsimbintle Holdings (Pty) Limited (74%).   Operations Tshipi Borwa mine is a shallow open-cast mine with an integrated ore processing plant located in the Kalahari Manganese Field (KMF) which is a 400 square kilometer deposit in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The mine is located on the southern extremity of the KMF, northwest of Kathu and south of Hotazel.   Management Tshipi has managed to attract a group of experienced managers who are all experts in their respective fields to navigate the business from the historic project development to current operational phase. Our strong sense of technical and commercial expertise has enabled us to build a reliable brand and strong customer base which continues to grow as we position ourselves to benefit from the ongoing demand for manganese ore across Asia and the rest of the world.     Governance The pillars of our corporate governance are transparency, integrity, accountability and participation which guides us in managing our business, dealing with our people and establishing relationships with our stakeholders. we have put in place robust governance structures that enables a legal and governance compliance system that are closely aligned with the approach taken by the King IV Report on corporate governance.   Marketing Marketing of the manganese ore, mined by Tshipi, is dealt with by Tshipi’s three key shareholders, each having access to a prior agreed percentage of the available ore product, spread over the period of a particular financial year.   Logistics The first shipment of manganese ore was exported via Transnet’s Port Elizabeth Bulk Ore Terminal during December 2012, 13 months after the mining operations at the Tshipi Borwa mine, in the Northern Cape, commenced in November 2011. We make use of both Transnet Freight Rail’s rail network as well as road transport to transport our products to different ports being Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town and we envisage to eventually export manganese ore from the deep-water port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape.   Closing Our business approach is to take advantage of our experienced and well-informed shareholders, a world class manganese ore deposit, a state of the art processing facility, a world class private siding and rapid load-out station, best of breed financial and corporate governance systems and a very dynamic team in order to maximise the economic value of the business for the benefit of our shareholders. We are committed to building and maintaining constructive, long-standing relationships with our stakeholders in contributing to sustainable economic and social development within the communities where we operate.
United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK) is a South African company, mining manganese in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The Kalahari manganese fields are regarded as the largest manganese ore deposit globally. Established in 2005, UMK is 51% black owned and is the 4th largest manganese exporter in South Africa. In 2018 the mineral resources were estimated at 607mt with 200mt in measured and indicated categories.  Mineral Reserves for Open Pit Mining are estimated at 112mt that provides a life of Open Pit Mine of more than 30 years.
Kudumane Manganese Resources (KMR) is one of South Africa’s newest black-controlled manganese mining company in the country. Mining operations take place in Hotazel, and the management office is based in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg. The mine was officially launched in May 2012 and manganese was reached by December of that year. KMR is mining at its York and Hotazel farms. Current production volumes are about 1.8 million to 2 million tons per annum. The company’s rail siding became operational in January of 2015, and by September 2015, KMR received rail capacity from Transnet as part of the rail operator’s MECA initiative. Cargo is predominantly exported through Port Elizabeth and Saldanha Bay, though KMR has shipped cargo through most ports in South Africa which Transnet has activated for manganese export.   IMnI visitors will see the following:
  • Internal rail and automated rapid LOAD-OUT Station infrastructure where Transnet wagons and road haul trucks are loaded
  • Crushing of the ROM ore.
  • The open pit mine operations
Mamatwan Mine is part of the Hotazel Manganese Mines consortium operated by South32. Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come. We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources.   The open-cut Mamatwn mine started operating more than half a centure ago, with the underground Wessels mine following a few years later. Mamatwan mine is a surface operation using the terrace mining method.   The ore is beneficiated using:
  • Dense Medium Separation
  • Sinter process
Manganese Metal Company (MMC) produces the purest (99.9%) form of manganese metal available in the world today. We are the world’s most experienced, largest and most reliable supplier of selenium-free electrolytic manganese metal (ElMn). We are a proudly South African owned company and the only producer of ElMn in South Africa and one of only two outside China.   Long-term relationships, high quality products and reliability of supply are pivotal to our success, along with our one-on-one relationships directly with end customers in diverse industries. Our experienced marketing team, dedicated to customer service, offers a full logistics function, stock in warehouses close to markets and technical support.   MMC is set for long term sustainability in terms of access to raw materials, process technology and HSE (Health, Safety and Environmental) compliance. With more demand on resources worldwide and growth in the production of electrolytic manganese, we are proud to remain the world’s most reliable supplier of the highest quality manganese in the industry.   More than 90% of sales is exported by MMC’s in-house marketing and logistics team, to a customer base spanning more than 110 active customers in 23 countries.  A visit to MMC will also offer insight into the EMM market structure, a unique part of the global manganese industry.
Transalloys is a well-recognized supplier of silicomanganese globally, and the only silicomanganese producer in South Africa. The production plant is situated 14 km west of eMalahleni (Witbank) and approximately 90 km east of Pretoria, in the Mpumalanga Province. Manganese ore used in the production process comes from the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, which is known to contain 75% of the world’s identified manganese ore reserves.     The company was established in 2007 when the Renova Group, a Russian diversified investment holding, acquired the plant. Under Renova’s strategic leadership and as a result of the concerted effort by the Transalloys’ management team and the employees, the productivity and output of the plant were increased by 50% without the addition of any additional smelting capacity. The plant has the capacity to produce approximately 180 000 tonnes of silicomanganese per annum. In 2018 Renova divested 51% of its interest in Transalloys to Israeli and Swiss investors.     The plant itself dates back to the mid-1960’s when the first two furnaces were built. Currently, there are 5 submerged arc furnaces, with capacity ranging between 22 and 48 MVA. Transalloys is currently in the process of constructing a UHT oxygen blown converter, which is scheduled to come into operation in Q1 of 2020. Once in operation, one of the SiMn furnaces will be converted to HCFeMn production, as feedstock to the converter for conversion to MCFeMn.     The standard grade silicomanganese contains a minimum of 16.5% of silicon, 65 to 67% of manganese and a maximum of 2% carbon.
United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK) is a South African company, mining manganese in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The Kalahari manganese fields are regarded as the largest manganese ore deposit globally. Established in 2005, UMK is 51% black owned and is the 4th largest manganese exporter in South Africa. In 2018 the mineral resources were estimated at 607mt with 200mt in measured and indicated categories.  Mineral Reserves for Open Pit Mining are estimated at 112mt that provides a life of Open Pit Mine of more than 30 years.
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