2019 GA meeting May 8 in Madrid


The 2018 GA meeting which took place on Thursday 3 May 2018 in Brugge, Belgium saw an increase in attendance from 2017. Hosted by Prince-Erachem, the meeting which lasted 5 hours saw several deliberations related to the last REACH deadline and its consequences thereafter including the possible re-structuring of the consortium.  Some key decisions taken by way of vote are as follows:

Some highlights:

  • Future structure of Mara: A more streamline structure to be established if the organisation is to continue functioning infinitely or in the event of a complete closure its mandate and members to be incorporated within the Mn trade association –The IMnI. Discussions are still on-going  
  • Collaboration: A clearly defined pathway for collaboration between Mara and the IMnI was established
  • Data-sharing Regulation: Approval of the reimbursement structure (to be executed in phases) in accordance with regulation 2016/9
  • Approval of the 2018 workplan and budget


The following organisations, with the support of the IMnI, set in motion the process of forming the Mn Consortium with the purpose of complying jointly with the requirements of the REACH Regulation in a cost effective and timely way. There were 12 founding members with new members joining the consortium from January 2008. By 2010 Mn Consortium membership had grown to 42, but nearly 10 years on this has reduced to 33, with bankruptcy, acquisitions, and withdrawal from the EU market being among the business reasons for the decline.

Present consortium members:

Afro Minerals, Asia Minerals, Bostlan S.A., Cronimet Holding GmbH, Dongbu Metal Co Ltd, Elkem AS, Eramet, Ferroglobe, Georgian Manganese LLC, GfE-MIR GmbH, Glencore International AG, GRAL GmbH, F.W. Hempel Met. GmbH, Höganäs Sweden AB, Italghisa S.p.A, Manganese Metal Company, Meca-Trade Oy, Metalleghe S.p.A, Nizi International S.A., Norkem Limited, Omni Industries BV, Ore and Metal, Prince-Erachem/Prince Minerals Ltd, Ronly Ltd, Scandinavian Steel AB, Sineco S.p.A, South32, SSAB Europe oy, Stalmag, Tosoh, Traxys Europe S.A., Umicore, and Vale.

Membership Total: 33

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