ASA Metals is set against a hillside 30km from Burgersfort on the R37 towards Polokwane. Although ASA Metals was established in 1997, its captive chromite mine, Dilokong Chrome, was founded some 30 years ago and operated as a Government training mine. When ASA Metals was established in 1997, it obtained the full shareholding of Dilokong Chrome Mine.
Until the establishment of ASA Metals, Dilokong had been supplying chromite ore to various local smelters for the production of charge chrome. Small volumes of foundry sand were also produced and supplied to various South Africa and international customers. The South African charge chrome producers, realising the strategic importance of chromite resources, embarked on vertical integration and established their own chromite mines. This negatively impacted on the long term sustainability and future viability of Dilokong Chrome Mine.
Establishment of the ASA Metals joint venture however allowed for expanding the chromite mining operation into a vertically integrated charge chrome production facility. A 33MVA smelting furnace was commissioned in 1999. The operations were further expanded by adding a 45MVA smelting furnace in December of 2003. In 2009 we added another two closed smelting furnaces of 66MVA and a 600 000 tons per annum Pelletising and Sintering plant.
The smelting furnaces at ASA Metals jointly produce around 400 000 tons of charge chrome annually.