Unicore Resources

Key Products

  • Raw Material
  • Energy Products
  • Metallics & Steel

Iron Ore

Iron ore are rocks and minerals from which metallic iron can be economically extracted. The ores are usually rich in iron oxides and vary in colour from dark grey, bright yellow, deep purple, to rusty red.

Iron ore is usually smelted to produce pig iron (metallic iron), which is used to make steel. It is for this reason iron is perhaps one of the most important metals used in developed and developing economies.

We provide iron ore sales and purchase service for our clients globally. Our iron ore team covers iron ore trade in Asia, Australia, South Africa and North & Latin America. Our core competencies include deep relationship with global iron miners and major steel mills in China; and our in-house research team has also established fundamental analytics capability on the global iron ore supply and demand balance.

Iron Ore Pellets

Iron ore pellets are spheres of typically 8–18 mm (0.31–0.71 in) to be used as raw material for blast furnaces. They typically contain 65%-72% Fe and various additional materials adjusting the chemical composition and the metallurgic properties.

An iron pellet is an Industrial Product used in Industries. The process involves transforming the pelletized concentrate into hardened pellets that can be used as blast furnace feed or direct reduction furnace feed.

Chrome Ore

Chromium is a hard, bluish metallic element (Cr). In ore form, it is called Chromite. Chromium is alloyed with steel to make it harder or corrosion resistant. The largest resources of Chrome ore are found in South Africa, Turkey, Oman, Pakistan & others. Unicore Resources is an exporter of top quality Chrome ore from South Africa, principally to markets in the Far East.

Chromite is the only ore of chromium, a metal used to induce hardness, toughness and chemical resistance in steel. The alloy produced is known as "stainless steel". When alloyed with iron and nickel, it produces an alloy known as "nichrome" which is resistant to high temperatures and used to make heating units, ovens and other appliances. Thin coatings of chromium alloys are used as platings on auto parts, appliances and other products and given the name "chrome plated".

Mill Scale

Mill Scale is a by – product , it is formed on the outer surfaces of plates, sheets or profiles when they are being produced by rolling red hot iron or steel billets in rolling or steel mills process for the production of steel articles, as plates (thickness > 6mm) and metal sheets (thickness < 6mm). It is composed of iron oxides mostly ferric and is bluish black in color. The average mill scale obtained during the hot-working of metals has an iron (Fe) content ranging between 68 -75%.


  • Mill Scale is used as iron source in Ferro alloy production
  • In the production of cement.
  • Mill Scale is used for making iron oxide used in thermit welding by heating and converting in rotary kiln.

Steam and Coking Coal

Coal is a combustible black or brownish-black sedimentary rock composed mostly of carbon and hydrocarbons. It is still the world’s most effective, safest and most commonly used material for electricity generation. Coal is broadly classified according to calorific value (CV) into Lignite, Sub-bituminous Coal, Bituminous Coal and Anthracite.

Unicore is focused on sourcing quality coal products from South Africa, Indonesia and a number of other select markets both for its own power plant and production interests as well as for our trading partners worldwide. Different types of coal have different uses. Steam coal - also known as thermal coal - is mainly used in power generation.

Coking coal - also known as metallurgical coal - is mainly used in the steel and metallurgical industries. For the production of steel, this coal is converted to Metallurgical Coke and is a very important and basic raw material in the manufacturing process.

Metallurgical Coke

Metallurgical coke is a carbon material manufactured by the "destructive distillation" of various blends of bituminous coal. Metallurgical coke is used where a high quality, tough, resilient, wearing carbon is required. Most notably as a fuel and as a reducing agent in smelting iron ore in blast furnaces.

Our competitive advantage is derived from providing a highly analytical approach to supply and demand balances for coal; our wide ranging expertise and relationships in sourcing and logistics has been a key driver of our growth. We believe in offering tailor-made solutions to our customers and are flexible in adding newer sources to our portfolio.

We have developed sourcing relationships with various mining companies across important coal producing geographies like Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, Mozambique, United States, Columbia, CIS and Vietnam. Our strategic initiatives have allowed us to establish long term sourcing agreements thereby ensuring consistent quality and supplies to meet customer requirements.

We cater to leading international markets which include China, the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, South East Asia and other Asian countries.

Petroleum Products

Our strong relationships with Middle East refineries is our major differentiator along with long term annual contracts for regular supply of refined products. Ethical work practices and years of experience have made us a reliable name among oil majors, major oil traders, refineries and regional end buyers. Our operations straddle the Indian Subcontinent, the Far East, South East Asia and Africa.


Bitumen as a black or dark brown non-crystalline soil or viscous material having adhesive properties derived from petroleum crude either by natural or by refinery processes, it is a common binders used in bituminous road constructions. It is principally obtained as a residual product in petroleum refineries after higher tractions like gas, petrol, kerosene and diesel, etc., are removed generally by distillation from suitable crude oil.


Steel billets result from the second stage of the steel production process. They are hot-rolled or forged from an ingot or strand cast. Smaller and longer than a bloom, billets are usually a square cross section less than 36 square inches. A Billet can be described as a section of steel used for rolling into bars, rods and sections. It is therefore considered a semi finished product and can be a produced by means of following the ingot route or increasingly today produced directly by continuous casting.Steel billets are considered fresh and raw, and they must undergo a series of manufacturing processes before they can be used for various purposes. Steel billets are also known for their malleability and ductility and have distinct characteristics as compared with already furnished steel bars and products.They are used for the manufacture of all 'long' steel products such as bars, rods, pipes, tubes, wire and wire products.

Cold Rolled Steel Coils

Cold Rolled coils are produced from Hot Rolled Pickled by cold reducing to the ordered thickness and then annealing to develop specific physical properties.

Hot Rolled and Pickled Steel Coils

Hot Rolled Sheet is the most basic and, typically, least expensive type of flat-rolled steel. It is used in its original form or becomes the feedstock for Cold Rolled and coated sheet steels.

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