Founded in 1933 by the famous Georgian scientist Giorgi Nikoladze, Georgian Manganese’s Zestafoni Ferroalloy Plant (“Zestafoni”) has grown to become Georgia’s largest silicomanganese processing plant. Owned by Miami, Florida-based Georgian American Alloys, Inc. (“GAA”), Zestafoni is situated on the banks of the Kvirila River in Georgia’s Imereti region and occupies more than 130 hectares.
The facility is conveniently located in proximity to its fellow Georgian operations under the GAA umbrella: Chiatura Manganese Mine, the country’s leading producer of manganese ore, and Vartsikhe, a nearby hydroelectric facility that powers Zestafoni and Chiatura Manganese Mine. The mine is also within easy access to the nearby railroad junction, trans-Caucasus highway, and other major transportation resources.
Since its inception more than 80 years ago, Zestafoni has gradually expanded its operations and production capabilities to better meet the growing international demand for high quality ferroalloy products. The facility features eleven electric arc furnaces with sophisticated air filtering machinery, an agglomeration plant, and a renovated manganese briquettes workshop. As one of Georgia’s leading employers, Zestafoni is constantly innovating its production methods and modernizing its equipment to capture market share and maintain its leadership position.
Recent upgrades implemented include the addition of a new electro-bridge crane, refurbished pouring equipment, and improvements to the facility’s air filtration systems. Zestafoni continues to invest in research and technology aimed at maximizing the usage of raw materials components, which should yield significant cost advantages.
Zestafoni produced over 187,000 metric tons of silicomanganese in 2012, and through the extensive distribution network of GAA-owned Felman Trading, Inc., this product is sold internationally to countries including the United States, Canada, England, Japan and France.