Billiton Ltd.s manganese ore production fell in the third
quarter due to a planned shutdown at its Hotazel plant in South
Africa and lower recoveries at its Gemco plant in
Manganese ore output
totaled 2.05 million tonnes in the three months ended Sept. 30,
down 9 percent from the preceding quarter and 5 percent lower
than a year earlier, the London-based company said.
Manganese alloy output of 137,000 tonnes was down 25 percent
from the second quarter due to planned maintenance at its
Metalloys plant in South Africa and Australias Temco
plant, but was up 5 percent from a year ago.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.