The other major use of manganese is its use as an alloying agent for aluminium.
Besides its industrial uses, manganese has important biological uses; it is an essential trace nutrient in all forms of life. In the human body, it is stored in the bones, liver and kidneys.
The majority of broad-spectrum plant fertilizers contain manganese.
The World Map of Manganese Producers shows the countries that produce the maximum quantities of manganese. As the data in the map shows, China is the world's largest manganese producer; in 2010 it produced 2,800 thousand metric tonnes of manganese.
The second place is occupied by Australia followed by South Africa, Gabon, India, Brazil, Ukraine, and Mexico.
Manganese was first produced by an aluminothermic process in 1898. In 1940, the development of electrolytic manganese began on a large scale; fourteen years later in 1954 the first commercial-sized plant was built in the United States.
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Last updated On : December 20, 2012
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