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  • China tin ore imports rebound in October

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 29 November 2016

    Customs figures released last week show that the gross weight of China's tin ore and concentrate imports in October totalled 36,515 tonnes (estimated at 4,300t contained tin), up 35% year-on-year and more than double the September total. Over 99% of imports originated from Myanmar, where local production has recovered to pre-rainy season levels following the September dip.

    Total imports for the first 10 months of 2016 amounted to 383,690 tonnes (of which 382,324 tonnes, or some 45,000t contained tin...

  • Leading tin producers share positive industry outlook

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Monday, 28 November 2016

    The heads of the world's two largest producing tin mining companies, Yunnan Tin Group General Manager, Mr Li Gang, and PT Timah President Director, M. Riza Pahlevi Tabrani, responded positively to questions on price, demand and sustainability during the Leaders Discussion at the ITRI Asia Tin Summit in Shanghai last week. The panel was chaired by Deputy Bureau Chief of the Financial Times Beijing, Lucy Hornby, with Chief Sales Officer for Metallo Chimique, Inge Hofkens, and ITRI's David Bishop...

  • Alpha forecasts tin demand in new electronics applications

    by: Peter Kettle, on Thursday, 24 November 2016

    Speaking at the ITRI Asia Tin Summit last week, Valentijn Van Velthoven of Alpha Assembly Solutions reviewed the key drivers of demand in the electronics assembly business and provided estimates of new tin demand being created in three key applications: power semiconductors, photovoltaic (PV) cells and LED lighting. He concluded that global tin use in these three areas could amount to some 10,000 tpy by 2020, compared to less than 2,000 tpy in the 2011 base year used in...

  • ITRI publishes 2016 Explorers and Developers Group Report

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 23 November 2016

    To coincide with 2016 Asia Tin Week in Shanghai, ITRI has released its 2016 ITRI Explorers & Developers Group Members report, which can be downloaded free here. The report includes profiles on each of the 8 current member companies and information on the major tin projects they are working to develop. ITRI and Elementos Ltd. Executive Director, Chris Dunks, both presented separately in Shanghai on tin project developments and opportunities.

    The low tin prices of 2015 and early 2016 made...

  • CFSI 2016 conference speakers call for more downstream commitment

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Friday, 18 November 2016

    A conference organised by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) has reviewed current global initiatives towards improving security and human rights in minerals supply chains. Very positive progress has been made but some speakers called for more commitment by downstream companies including sharing costs.

    The November conference in California brought together experts and practitioners from industry, governments, and civil society from around the globe and across tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) supply chains to discuss strategies, programs, lessons learned...

  • Pitinga production strong in Q3

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 15 November 2016

    Minsur's Q3 consolidated results, released yesterday, reveal that refined tin output from its Brazilian subsidiary, Taboca, rose 16% YoY to 1,742 tonnes during the quarter. The increase was largely due to completion of hydroelectric plant repairs at the Pitinga mine and brings Minsur's total refined tin production in Brazil and Peru to 6,924 tonnes for Q3.

    The impact of repairs to the hydroelectric plant was most notable in the year-on-year increase in tin-in-concentrate production from the Pitinga mine In Q3, which...

  • iTSCi responsible minerals programme receives donation from Qualcomm

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Wednesday, 09 November 2016

    iTSCi announced that its responsible minerals programme has received a donation from Qualcomm Incorporated, a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies, to help break the link between minerals and conflict. iTSCi is a unique and highly successful initiative delivering on-the-ground traceability, due diligence and risk identification, supporting the marketing of minerals and enabling community projects for tin, tungsten and tantalum (3T) mining in four countries of the African Great Lakes region.

    "This is a welcome and...