SMIORE is recognized for running one of the country's most professionally managed and scientifically evolved mining operations. Since its inception in 1954, the Company has owned and operated the largest manganese ore mines in the private sector, along with sizeable iron ore reserves located in Sandur, Ballari district of Karnataka. Our mining operations have won multiple accolades and awards for setting unprecedented standards in safety, sustainability and innovation for nearly seven decades. Among other mentionable recognition, the Government of India has successively awarded SMIORE with the highest standards of safety awards for many years. These awards acknowledge the Company's focus on safety norms and the working conditions of the mineworkers and its endeavour to make its operations accident-free with zero incidents.
Recognized as a leading mining company in Karnataka, SMIORE is committed to preserving the environment and the welfare of people and communities associated with mining operations or living around the mining buffer zones, as manifested in its continual contribution towards afforestation, health and education.
SMIORE's low-grade manganese ore is known for its low phosphorus content (below 0.05%). It has the unique reputation of being one of the finest low grade, low phosphorus metallurgical ores used in blends for producing ferroalloys and steel. A part of our mined ore is used captively in the ferroalloy operations, and the rest is sold out. Today, the Company owns estimated reserves of about 14 MT of manganese ore.
The SMIORE mines are well-connected to two railway sidings - Swamihalli (SMLI) and Sunderambencha (SDMG) on the Swamihalli - Hospet BG Line. Further, to facilitate movement of the product directly to the railway siding, the Company is currently setting up a Downhill Conveyor to transport the ore in a pollution-free and environment-friendly manner. The manganese ore mining operations at SMIORE adhere to stringent norms and guidelines. The semi-mechanized and labour-intensive processes generate large-scale employment opportunities for the people living in and around the town of Sandur.