INTL FERRO-ALLOYS CONF: Manganese flake price falls over 2019 trigger Chinese production cuts

Industry figures at the International Ferro-alloys conference in Budapest this week will be discussing future developments in the manganese markets after a dramatic turn in the manganese flake price over the past year; Fastmarkets looks at the key reasons behind the slump.

The manganese 99.7% electrolytic manganese flake, in-whs Rotterdam price fell to $1,610-1,670 per tonne on November 8, down by 30.2% from $2,300-2,400 per tonne on November 9, 2018.
At the time of last year’s Fastmarkets International Ferro-alloys conference (November 11-13, 2018), the price was supported by production curtailments due to maintenance at Ningxia Tianyuan, a Chinese producer that accounts for around 40% of global manganese flake production.
One year later, the price has hit a four-year low amid severe oversupply, and Chinese producers have been forced to put in place production cutbacks.
The manganese flake price started its downtrend in July, exacerbated by a weaker yuan that boosted China's exports at competitive prices.

The Chinese currency has fallen gradually since February 2018, reaching its lowest level in more than a decade in August when it exceeded 7 yuan to the dollar. Despite strengthening...


Cristina Belda

November 18, 2019

12:23 GMT