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  • China government considering tin stockpile plan

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 02 February 2016

    A spokesman for Yunnan Tin Company told Reuters on Monday that China's government has not yet decided on a plan to stockpile tin after requests from the country's major producers and its industry association.

    "The government has not put out substantive measures," Pan Wenhao, board secretary of Yunnan Tin told Reuters. State stockpiling would be the best option for producers, Pan said. He added that another option would be the producers stockpiling the metal themselves but they would also...

  • Bangka governor halts some offshore mining

    by: Peter Kettle, on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

    According to local news sources, PT Timah today stopped production by offshore dredges in Kelabat bay, Bangka island, in response to a request by the governor of Bangka Belitung province, Rustam Effendi. Operations in this area are said to account for about 10% of state tin company's total mine production. According to the Kontan website, the governor's request was made following complaints by fishermen and NGOs about alleged environmental damage caused by dredging.

    It is not clear how long...

  • Myanmar tin ore export boom continues

    by: Peter Kettle, on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

    Latest official customs statistics released by China yesterday showed that the country's tin ore and concentrate imports from Myanmar hit a new monthly record level of 43,531 tonnes (gross weight) in December 2015. Annual imports from Myanmar last year amounted to 285,593 tonnes, accounting for 98% of China's total ore imports and up by 65% on 2014.

    ITRI China estimates that the tin content of Myanmar ore imported by China in 2015 was some 41,000 tonnes, mainly from Wa...

  • Vinto sees record production in 2015

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    The Bolivian, state owned, Vinto Metallurgical Company (EMV) has reported production of 12,106 tonnes of refined tin in 2015, its highest in 20 years, according to local news sources.

    The smelters 2015 production exceeded a target of 11,300 tonnes and represents a 3.2% year on year increase from the 11,734 tonnes of refined tin produced in 2014. The company also reported that it exported 12,300 tonnes of tin during the year. This resulted in US$ 204 million in revenue...

  • Stellar plans fast-track mine option

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Monday, 25 January 2016

    ASX-listed tin explorer Stellar Resources Limited has outlined plans to undertake a scoping study in 2016 for the fast track development of the Lower Queen Hill deposit of its Heemskirk Tin project near Zeehan, Tasmania.

    Of the three tin deposits at the site, Queen Hill has been chosen for a smaller-scale, start-up, mining option as it is exposed at the surface and is closer to the portal for the PFS underground mine than the neighbouring Montana and Severn...

  • Tinka widens tin footprint at Ayawilca

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 22 January 2016

    Canada-listed, Tinka Resources Limited (TSXV: TK) has announced the final results of the 2015 drill programme at its Ayawilca project in central Peru, which reveals further promising tin mineralisation, alongside zinc, silver and copper.

    While zinc mineralisation remains the project's main focus, tin-copper mineralisation is present below the zinc mineralisation and was present in the same drill holes. The 2015 exploration programme included twenty-three step-out diamond drill holes from the area of the existing zinc mineral resource. Notable intercepts...

  • China tin producers announce co-ordinated production cuts

    by: Peter Kettle, on Wednesday, 20 January 2016

    China's nine major tin producers, including the world's largest supplier Yunnan Tin Company, announced today that they would reduce their combined production by some 17,000 tonnes or 12% year-on-year in 2016 in response to adverse market conditions. The industry in China has been negatively impacted by continuously declining prices through 2015, as evidenced by reported financial losses and the significant production cuts already made in the last six months.

    The output of the nine participating producers (YTC, China Tin,...