Manganese

Manganese is a diverse metal increasingly in demand for use in rechargeable power storage. It is a mainstay of steel production and vital to plant growth and photosynthesis.

Manganese is a valuable mineral growing in popularity and global demand

Manganese Pyrolusite

Manganese is one of the most common elements in Earth's crust and is widely distributed across the planet's surface.

Manganese is vital to plant growth and photosynthesis. Many alloys containing manganese are used in steel production, glass making, and even to make the aluminum in soda cans thinner and stronger.

Manganese is a very hard, brittle, gray-white transition metal that is naturally found in a variety of minerals, but never on its own. Manganese is one of the most common elements in Earth's crust and is widely distributed across the planet's surface.


Manganese is vital to human and animal life in metabolic functions. Many alloys containing manganese are used in steel production, glass making, and even to make the aluminum in soda cans thinner and stronger.


Several vital markets are driving the growth of demand for high-grade, high-purity manganese. While agriculture is a large growth area, technology has taken the lead thanks to the increased demand for manganese for use in battery technology.

Agriculture

Brazil produces 30% of the world’s soybeans and it is also the crop’s #1 exporter with 41% of all global shipments. 
There is no substitute for manganese in photosynthesis and fertilizers require high-grade and high-purity Mn for production. The issue in Brazil is Mn is the most common micronutrient deficiency in the soybean crop; maximizing crop revenues and yields to the Brazilian farmer is based on balanced plant nutrition and both Mn supply and grade. 
As the farming industry grows in developing countries, so does the demand for high-grade high-purity manganese.

Industrial

Manganese steel contains 11-14% Mn and is used in applications such as railway crossings because of its good resistance to wear. The largest single use of manganese remains steel production; Mn improves the wear and hardness of steel. The iron and steel industries use nearly 90% of the world’s manganese ore production.


Technology

Cars, hybrid vehicles, tools and home appliances are continuously switching to lithiated manganese dioxide (LMD) batteries with manganese oxide as a cathode to the rechargeable batteries. Ore meeting high-grade high-purity specifications is continuing to sell at premium prices globally and demand for manganese should keep rising.  LMDs although low in cost and low in toxicity, are high in capacity, rapid power discharge, high energy density, and have high cycle life power.

LMD Batteries are currently used in the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Sonata and Tesla produced products. They are quickly becoming the Green Energy Industrial Revolution battery of choice.

Locating Manganese

Manganese occurs in specific regions around the world with heaviest concentrations in Brazil, South America, China, Australia and India


Outlook

"We continue to be excited about the Manganese industry and its future potential. The price and demand for high-grade Manganese is again on an upward trend. There are only a handful of junior pure play Manganese explorers, this is an advantage Maxtech is looking to capitalize on as it expands its exploration claims and strategic relationships.”
Peter Wilson, CEO, Maxtech Ventures