LONDON, Oct. 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ferroglobe PLC (Nasdaq: GSM) (“Ferroglobe”, the “Company”, or the “Parent”), a leading global producer of silicon metal, silicon-based and manganese-based specialty alloys, announces the acquisition of a strategic, high-purity quartz mine in South Carolina, U.S. The purchase price was approximately $11 million in cash with an additional $4 million expected in capital expenditures to build out the infrastructure, including rail access, loadout, and a processing facility.
High-purity quartz is the key raw material in the supply chain and is required for the production of high-purity silicon metal, which is used in applications for solar and advanced battery technologies. These end markets are expected to experience dramatic growth in the coming years, driven by secular trends in the market. In addition, the U.S. is making significant investments in its solar value chain and advanced battery technologies, evidenced by the Department of Energy’s addition of silicon to its critical materials list. This acquisition helps ensure that Ferroglobe has access to this critical material, enabling it to meet the increasing demand for high-purity silicon metal.
The South Carolina mine has the capacity to produce more than 300kt of high-purity quartz per year, with more than ten years of reserve life. It is located near a rail line with a lower cost of production than Ferroglobe’s existing quartz operations in Alabama. Production is expected to begin in the second half of 2024.
The purchase of the mine is part of Ferroglobe’s long-term strategy to be fully self-sufficient in quartz supply, a critical raw material in the production of silicon metal. This transaction increases the company’s global vertical integration in quartz supply, with the U.S. becoming fully backward integrated.
“The acquisition of the South Carolina property highlights our commitment to leveraging the strong growth expected from solar and advanced batteries in the coming years,” said Marco Levi, Ferroglobe’s Chief Executive Officer. “Not only does this acquisition ensure that we have access to a dependable supply of high-purity quartz, eliminating the need for third-party suppliers in the U.S., it also expands our mining capacity by 50% over our current mining level in Alabama.”
Ferroglobe PLC is a leading global producer of silicon metal, silicon- and manganese-based specialty alloys and ferroalloys, serving a customer base across the globe in dynamic and fast-growing end markets, such as solar, electronics, automotive, consumer products, construction, and energy. The Company is based in London. For more information, visit http://investor.ferroglobe.com.
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