Chromite conundrum: how to bring demand back into an abating market

By Antonio Torrisi
Published: Wednesday, 05 February 2014

South Africa, the world’s leading producer of chromite, has seen its mining sector threatened by strikes and demonstrations since 2012, resulting in the death of 34 miners following clashes at a platinum mine. As calm returns to the sector, Antonio Torrisi, Graduate Reporter, investigates the nation’s chromite supply situation.

Political turmoil in South Africa has impacted the chromite mining industry in recent years, with several chrome ore producers, including Lanxess and Glencore Xstrata, experiencing operations disruption.

Recently, however, the chromite mining industry has shown signs of stabilisation and slow expansion began in the second half of 2013.

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