THE Asia Minerals Ltd (AML) manganese ferroalloy smelting plant in Samalaju is expected to reach full production capacity of 350,000 tonnes per annum by the fourth quarter of 2014.
The Hong Kong-based company is investing RM790 million to set up the plant, which will use raw materials sourced from South Africa and Brazil.
Finished products will exported to Korea, Japan, Europe and the United States, as well as used locally.
The manganese ferroalloy plant is expected to create 650 new jobs by 2015.
AML just signed an agreement with Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) for the latter to provide 270 MW of power for 20 years.
The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) is AML’s fourth plant location, and earthworks started early last year.
Chairman and managing director Hirotaka Suzuki said the plant will begin receiving electricity on April 15 to facilitate the next phase of construction within the next 18 months.
Asia Minerals Limited (AML) was founded in 1993 as a privately owned company registered in Hong Kong. It specialises in all manganese related business from ores to alloys, metals and chemicals.
AML has diversified services for clients through global organisations in Asia, Africa, Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the United States.
Its customers include names such as Nippon Steel Corporation, Mitsubishi Steel Mfg Co Ltd, Hyundai Steel Company, Allegheny Ludlum Corporation, SSAB Alabama Inc, SSAB Iowa Inc, United States Steel Corporation, Steel Dynamics Inc, ArcelorMittal, ThyssenKrupp Nirosta GmbH, Compania Espanola de Laminacion, Saudi Iron and Steel Company, and Societe Nationale de Siderurgie.
AML acquired its first ferroalloy smelting plant in Inner Mongolia in 2005 and its second smelting plant in Liaoning Province in 2009.
The Inner Mongolia plant has ISO 9001:2008 (IQNET) and ISO 9001:2008 (CQC) certification, while the Jinzhou plant is certified with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004.
The Bernama report:
AML’s first plant to step up operations in 2Q of 2013
KUCHING: Hong Kong-based Asia Minerals Limited (AML), which is investing RM790 million to set up the first manganese ferroalloy smelting plant in Samalaju, is expected to step up operations in the second quarter of 2013.
Chairman and managing director Hirotaka Suzuki said the 350,000 tonnes per annum plant was expected to reach full production capacity in the fourth quarter of 2014 with raw materials sourced from South Africa and Brazil.
Besides being consumed locally, the end-product would also be exported to Korea, Japan, Europe and the United States.
“Sarawak’s Corridor of Renewable Energy is AML’s fourth plant location, where earthworks started early 2011 and will begin receiving electricity on April 15 to facilitate the next phase of construction within the next 18 months,” he said after the signing of a power purchase agreement between AML and Sarawak Energy Bhd witnessed by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Under the agreement, Sarawak would provide 270 megawatts of power for 20 years and the manganese ferroalloy plant was likely to create 650 new jobs by 2015. — Bernama