Who We Are
OM Holdings Limited is a vertically integrated manganese ore and ferroalloy company. We are engaged in the business of mining and trading raw ores, as well as the smelting and marketing of processed ferroalloys. With an established history of over 25 years in the industry, we are listed on the ASX and capture value across the entire process chain through operations in Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Africa. Our latest project is a greenfield smelter complex in Sarawak, which successfully commenced production in 2014.
Today, the Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of manganese ores and ferroalloys, and seeks to be the main ferroalloy supply partner to major steel mills and other industries. Through our global trading network, we distribute products from our Asia-Pacific base to customers around the world.
What We Do
Manganese is one of the most commonly used industrial metals in the world, with no known substitutes. The Group mines manganese ore from its wholly owned Bootu Creek mine in Australia, and has an effective 13% interest in the Tshipi Borwa mine in South Africa through a strategic partnership with a local partner. The Group also undertakes various exploration projects to secure a long-term pipeline of material for its customers and smelters.
Smelting is the process of converting raw ores mined from the ground into semi-finished alloys used in a variety of industrial applications. Sintering is the process of heating and fusing powdered ore into higher grade, “semi-processed” ores. The Group owns and operates two smelting plants located in Samalaju (Sarawak, Malaysia) and Qinzhou (Guangxi, China). The flagship smelter complex in Samalaju produces ferrosilicon, silicomanganese and high carbon ferromanganese, while the smelter in Qinzhou produces high carbon ferromanganese and sintered ore.
Having its origins in the marketing and distribution of ores and ferroalloys, the Group has retained its extensive distribution network and edge in connecting raw materials with buyers and users. Based in Singapore, the division is active in ore and ferroalloy markets, and leverages the economies of scale of the Group’s operations to streamline raw material procurement and product sales. The division also operates in China, distributing manganese ore domestically which it has done since 1994.
We are constantly evaluating opportunities on the horizon to expand our resource base and build a pipeline of quality material. These may range from investments in greenfield projects, to farm-in partnerships with proven resource companies. Our long history and experience of marketing ores and ferroalloys informs our investment strategy. We only invest in assets that produce products we are able to price and market effectively.