On the other hand, production of manganese concentrate increased
In 2020, Ukrainian ferroalloy companies cut production by 28.6% to 746.4 thousand tons compared to the same period of 2019, according to Interfax-Ukraine citing the Ukrainian Association of Producers of Ferroalloys and Other Electrometallurgical Products (UkrFA).
Over the year, Nikopol and Zaporizhzhia ferroalloy plants (NFP, ZFP) cut silicomanganese production by 30.4% to 559.9 thousand tons compared to 2019.
In 2020, NFP, ZFP and Kramatorsk ferroalloy plant (KFP) increased ferromanganese production by 28.4% to 123 thousand tons against 2019. Over the year, KFP produced 34.09 thousand tons (70.6 thousand in 2019). The plant was idle in July–December due to a suspension of the blast furnace.
Ferrosilicon production dropped by 2.8% to 60.8 thousand tons against 2019, while production of metal manganese fell by 54.4% to 2.8 thousand tons.
Pokrov Mining and Processing Plant and Marganets Mining and Processing Plant (Pokrov GOK and Marganets GOK) raised manganese concentrate production by 11.9% to 1.888 million tons y-o-y. Marganets GOK produced 551.3 thousand tons of concentrate (5.5% up against 2019), Pokrov GOK 1.34 million tons (+15%).
In 2019, Ukrainian ferroalloy companies ramped up production by 0.4% to 1.018 million tons against 2018.
Ferrosilicon manganese production decreased by 6.4% to 804.7 thousand tons, ferrosilicon by 17.1% to 62.56 thousand tons. Ferromanganese production almost doubled and reached 151.1 thousand tons.