On the other hand, production of manganese concentrate increased
In January–September 2020, Ukrainian ferroalloy producers cut production by 23.1% to 593.8 thousand tons compared to the same period of the previous year, according to Interfax-Ukraine with reference to the data of the Ukrainian Association of Producers of Ferroalloys and Other Electrometallurgical Products (UkrFA).
Over the nine months, Nikopol and Zaporizhzhia ferroalloy plants (NFP, ZFP) cut silicomanganese production by 29.3% to 448 thousand tons compared to January–September 2019.
NFP, ZFP and Kramatorsk ferroalloy plant (KFP) increased ferromanganese production by 54.1% to 98.73 thousand tons against January–September 2019. In the first nine months of 2020, KFP produced 34.09 thousand tons (no production data for January–September 2019 are available). The plant was idle in July–September due to a suspension of the blast furnace.
Ferrosilicon production dropped by 20.4% to 44.88 thousand tons against January–September 2019, while production of metal manganese fell by 56.8% to 2.21 thousand tons.
Pokrov Mining and Processing Plant and Marganets Mining and Processing Plant (Pokrov GOK and Marganets GOK) raised manganese concentrate production by 11.3% to 1.364 million tons y-o-y. Marganets GOK produced 420.6 thousand tons of concentrate (6.7% up to January–September 2019), Pokrov GOK 943.5 thousand tons (+13.4%).
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.