GLOBAL MANGANESE WRAP: Low-grade ore prices boosted by fresh wave of demand

Low-grade manganese ore prices rose in China last week in active trading amid strong demand, while global manganese alloys prices were largely stable - barring China, where prices weakened on muted buying.

Low-grade ore prices gain up to 22 cents per dmtu Alloy prices keep sliding in China Indian silica-manganese prices edge up European alloy prices stabilize Low-grade manganese ore prices jumped by as much as 3.9% on Friday March 1 amid a flurry of demand in China, reversing falls seen the previous week. Fastmarkets’ 37% manganese ore index, cif Tianjin gained 22 cents or 3.7% to $6.19 per dry metric tonne unit (dmtu) and Fastmarkets’ 37% manganese ore index, fob Port Elizabeth, rose 21 cents to $5.57 per dmtu. But Fastmarkets’ 44% manganese ore index cif Tianjin fell 15 cents to $6.39 per dmtu. Producers raised offers for 37% ore to as high as $6.28 per dmtu, cif Tianjin, but while demand was strong, alloy smelters bid aggressively, balancing their need for material against concerns of thinning profit margins due to higher cost ore feed and subdued alloy prices....

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Janie Davies

Chris Kavanagh

Declan Conway

Karen Ng

March 04, 2019

17:39 GMT

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