In the ferro-alloys industry all eyes are again on South Africa, with mining making headlines on both a domestic and an international level. With reoccurring political and social unrest in the country, the market for the world’s most important ferro-alloys producers is still causing the international community quite a headache.
The future of the ferro-chrome industry depends heavily on developments in South Africa and so far it looks blurry, with talks about a chrome ore export tax between the government and the ore and alloys producers still not decisive. Manganese alloys production has had a boost with BHP’s recent capacity increase, but it is unclear that this is the trend other producers will follow, especially considering the increasing competition from the Indian silicon-manganese producers. And, crucially, what will be the future solution to sustainable energy supplies and how will it affect the ore/alloy export balance from the country.
Metal Bulletin’s 6th South African Ferro-alloys conference in Johannesburg will answer these questions and more with speakers from the international industry and the key players in the region in attendance.
Benefits of attending:
• Network with the key decision makers from the length of the ferro-alloys supply chain and government bodies
• Understand where the supply/demand balance for chrome, manganese, nickel and vanadium currently stands
• Discover how the new manganese and nickel projects in South Africa will evolve in the future
• Find out how energy and infrastructure constraints might be overcome to fully unlock the potential of the region
• Hear what effect the recent government national beneficiation and industrialisation programme will have on the ferro-allloys markets in South Africa