India ranks third in the production of manganese ore in the world, next only to Russia and South Africa. Manganese ore forms an important ingredient in the manufacture of iron and steel. Manganese is an important raw material for smelting of iron ore and also used for manufacturing ferro-alloys. It is also used in manufacture of dry batteries, in photography, leather and match industries.
The important areas of production are in Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.