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JOHANNESBURG--March 8, 2013--Written by Richard Finlayson, Senior International Editor for Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas)--This week, BHP Billiton's (NYSE:BHP) (Melbourne, Australia) South African arm launched an M14 furnace at Samancor's ferromanganese Metalloys smelter complex at Meyerton, south of Johannesburg. The $115 million, energy-efficient furnace has the capacity to produce 120,000 to 130,000 tons of high-carbon ferromanganese annually. It is the largest furnace of its type in South Africa, and is said to be the largest in the world.
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