3. AustraliaMine production: 3.1 million tonnes Australia is home to the world's biggest manganese producer, South32 (ASX:S32). The company was created after BHP Billiton (ASX:BHP,NYSE:BHP,LSE:BLT) announced plans demerge its aluminium, coal, manganese, nickel and silver assets into a new, independent global mining and metals company. The company holds interests in South African mines, as well as in two manganese projects in Australia. 4. Gabon Mine production: 2 million tonnes Comilog, a subsidiary of Eramet (EPA:ERA), is the largest manganese-producing company in Gabon, and is responsible for 15 percent of the world's overall production. Gabon's manganese production may rise over time as infrastructure improves and allows the country to more readily access its 24 million tonnes of manganese reserves. 5. Brazil Mine production: 1.1 million tonnes Brazil is a key producer of manganese, and it uses a lot of the metal as well. According to Visual Capitalist, much of the country's manganese output could end up being used domestically in the future; however, the country's agricultural sector is currently facing a manganese shortage. The country's demand for manganese that is both high-grade and high-purity is expected to grow in coming years as farmers look to improve crop health. 6. India Mine production: 940,000 tonnes India is not only one of the biggest producers of manganese worldwide, but also one of the largest consumers. That could pose a problem for the country in the years to come. The Indian Ministry of Mines has stated that the country will face a shortage of manganese for steel production by 2020. The organization's report, "Manganese Ore: Vision 2020 and Beyond" outlines the need for increased production that could support growing domestic manganese demand. The element is particularly important for developing countries because there is currently no substitute for manganese's role in steelmaking.
7. GhanaMine production: 540,000 tonnes Within Ghana, most manganese is mined in the area around Takoradi. Consolidated Minerals, or Consmin, owns 90 percent of Ghana Manganese Company, which runs the Ntusa mine. The mine has total reserves of 45.01 million tonnes grading 28.16 percent, and total resources of 101.3 million tonnes at 26.8 percent in an area of 175 square kilometers. Only 3 percent has been mined to date. 8. Kazakhstan Mine production: 390,000 tonnes Manganese production held steady in Kazakhstan year-on-year, and the country has 5 million tonnes of known manganese reserves. Privately owned Eurasian Natural Resources currently runs multiple manganese mines in Kazakhstan. 9. Ukraine Mine production: 300,000 tonnes Although Ukraine has the second-largest manganese reserves in the world, the country's production trails that of other countries significantly. Russia Insider notes that the country is unable to harness its mineral resources due to a combination of corruption, war and mismanagement. 10. Mexico Mine production: 220,000 tonnes Mexican manganese output dropped by 2,000 tonnes between 2013 and 2014. According to the USGS, the country has 5 million tonnes of manganese reserves. 10 Top Manganese-producing Countries from Manganese Investing News