AUTLÁN –a word of Náhuatl origin- means “place where the water runs”


Autlán is fully committed to Mexico with the development of three
significant business areas:


The company was founded in 1953 and has been recognized as a reliable supplier because of its high quality products and commercial service. Autlán is fully committed to its clients through long-standing and close commercial relationships.

Autlán is focused on fulfilling the manganese needs from the steel industry as well as the specialized manganese requirements from the dry battery, ceramic and micro nutrient producers. Autlán´s clients are the most important assets of the company. Autlán owns three Mining facilities and three Ferroalloy plants in Mexico, as well as its own private sea terminal for its trading operations.

The Head Office is located in Garza García, Nuevo León with a branch office in Mexico City. Moreover, the Company has a commercial warehouse which is strategically located in Monterrey. Currently, the Company employs about 1,900 people in the States of Hidalgo, Veracruz, Durango, Nuevo León, Puebla, Tamaulipas and Mexico City.


mision Our mission is to generate value for our shareholders, personnel, and customers responsibly by becoming the best supply choice in manganese and other related products.


We envision ourselves as a leader in the mining and metals fields as well as other industrial and commercial areas such that we bring our customers different and creative solutions in our products and services using our experience, the best available technology and our future developments as the pillars of our growth.


It is possible to summarize in one word that reminds us of the main ideas of each of the values ​​that make our philosophy.

Continuous Improvement
Social Responsibility


  • 1953

    The company is founded to exploit the San Francisco manganese mine in Autlán, State of Jalisco, Mexico. It was the first mining company led by Mexicans in the country.

  • 1960

    The company moved its mining operations from the State of Jalisco to the State of Hidalgo to explore and exploit the Molango mine, which is the largest manganese deposit in North America and one of the largest in the world.

  • 1964

    Start up of the Nonoalco mine, in the State of Hidalgo, producing natural battery grade manganese dioxide near the Molango unit. Minera Autlán is one of the few producers of this ore in the world.

  • 1968

    Minera Autlán began to operate the manganese nodulizing rotary kiln at the Molango mine. This kiln is still the only one in operation in the world.

  • 1973

    The plant in the Puebla State called Ferroaleaciones Teziutlán, SA de CV is acquired and Autlán evolves from being a pure mining company into a ferroalloy producer.

  • 1976

    The construction of the first stage of the Tamós ferroalloy plant (furnaces 9 and 10) is finished in the State of Veracruz.

  • 1980

    Start up of the plant to produce refined ferromanganese products from high carbon ferromanganese at Tamós.

  • 1981

    The Tamós plant began the operation of furnaces 12 and 13.

  • 1985

    The drying, crushing, and packing plant began operations at the Nonoalco unit.

  • 1989

    The Federal Government took over the company´s management.

  • 1993

    Grupo Ferrominero (GFM) acquired Autlán in July, returning it to the private sector. The assets of a ferroalloy plant called Ferroaleaciones de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (Gómez Palacio, Durango) were acquired by GFM, consolidating the company´s position in the domestic market.

  • 1994

    Autlán´s stock was reactivated in the Mexican Stock Exchange. SKW Metals and Alloys (now CCMA) was appointed as its new trading representative in the United States and Canadian markets. The corporate headquarters moved from Mexico City to Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo León State.

  • 1995

    After various years of maintenance works, The Gómez Palacio ferroalloy plant began to operate at Durango.

  • 1996

    Autlán obtained the ISO 9002 certification for all its facilities.

  • 1996

    The Company improved its internal transportation system significantly at Molango and carried out an important revamping program for the mining equipment.

  • 1998

    Start up of furnace 11 at the Tamós Plant, increasing the ferroalloy production capacity of the Company. The Company obtained ISO 14000 certification for all its facilities. Start up of an Aluminothermy plant at Tamós to produce specialized ferroalloys. The company began to exploit the Naopa open-pit deposit at Molango.

  • 2000

    Autlán recorded the highest ferroalloy production levels.

  • 2002

    The refurbishing of furnace 9 took place at the Tamós plant using Autlan´s own technology. The results have been outstanding surpassing the foreign technology used in the past.

  • 2003

    The Company celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Ministry of Economy imposed anti-dumping duties to protect the domestic manganese ferroalloy market from unfair trade practices. Autlán completed its financial restructure and showed a healthy and promising financial structure.

  • 2004

    The Company obtained the ISO 9001-2000 certification for all its operating facilities. Autlán´s shares succesfully reactivated trading on the Mexico´s Stock Exchange.

  • 2005

    The Autlán´s exports increased by 94%, moreover it built a manganese sinter kiln at The Tamós Plant.

  • 2006

    In this year Autlán could beat the challenges and proved its strength and flexibility capacity.

  • 2007

    A new growth stage began for the company, overcoming all the goals set.

  • 2008

    The second MOR furnace started to operate at The Tamós Plant for producing refined alloys. The company recorded record revenues.

  • 2010

    Autlán was awarded the Corporate Social Responsibility award (ESR in Spanish). Autlán achieved record output volumes in this year.

  • 2011

    Nowadays, Autlán is certified with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for all its operation facilities.

  • 2012

    The Nonoalco Mining Unit awarded the FAMI-QS certification / Autlán reached record production levels in Manganese Ore and Ferroalloys.

  • 2013

    Compañía de Energía Mexicana (Mexican Energy Company, CEM by its acronym in Spanish) integrates to Autlán.

  • 2014

    Autlán reached record production levels in Manganese Carbonates and Nodules.

  • 2015

    Minera Autlán has launched a new corporate identity and changes its brand name and image to Autlán