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  • Myanmar tin ore trade still booming

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 24 May 2016

    Latest China customs data released yesterday shows imports of tin ore and concentrates at 46,197 tonnes gross weight in April, or an estimated 5,500 tonnes contained tin. The April total was similar to the previous month's figure, but up by 40% compared to April 2015. In the first four months of this year, imports from Myanmar totalled 174,868 tonnes or close to an estimated 21,000 tonnes tin content.

    ITRI View: The imports from the Man Maw area of Wa...

  • MSC reports positive Q1 results

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 24 May 2016

    Malaysia Smelter Corporation Bhd. (MSC) has released its Q1 financial results showing a net profit of 24.9 million RM (US$ 6.0 million) due to higher refined tin sales and valuation adjustments as a result of higher tin prices at the end of the quarter.

    The net profit compares to a 2.9 million RM loss made in the same period of 2015. The company said that, overall, its smelting operation is profitable, but that profits had been helped in...

  • New initiative launched to reduce link between conflict and minerals in EU supply chain

    by: Jonathan Paxton, on Tuesday, 24 May 2016

    A joint initiative to set up a European Partnership for Responsible Minerals has been launched with the aim of eradicating links between conflict and minerals in the supply chain to the EU. Several governments, led by The Netherlands, are involved in the scheme and they will work together with leading businesses, including major electronics manufacturers, to support the socially responsible extraction of minerals with a special focus on conflict zones and other high risk areas.

    This new programme, which will...

  • Tin explorers present updates on project progress in Lima

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 20 May 2016

    On the 27 April four members of ITRI's Explorers and Developers group presented updates on the progress of their individual tin projects as part of ITRI's 2016 International Tin Conference in Lima, Peru. The presentations made by Alphamin Resources, Avalon Advanced Materials, Stellar Resources and Syrymbet JSC can be downloaded here, along with a presentation from Aus Tin Mining, who were unable to attend the event.

  • Indonesia ministry audits reveal tin smelting over-capacity and poor supervision

    by: Peter Kettle, on Wednesday, 18 May 2016

    At a press conference in Jakarta yesterday the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources announced results of audits of tin smelters in Bangka Belitung and Riau islands carried out since March. It concluded that capacity utilisation had been only 21% in 2015 and that there has been poor supervision of mines and smelters by the Bangka Belitung provincial government. Ministry Inspector General Husein Mochtar said that only 29 out of 47 smelters surveyed were still operational and that the...

  • Minsur on track on 2016 production plans

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 17 May 2016

    Despite a 11% year-on-year fall in first quarter tin production at its operations in Peru and Brazil, Minsur says it is on track to produce 26,000 – 28,000 tonnes of refined tin this year. Announcing its first quarter results the company pointed to a new ore sorting project which is expected to boost ore grades at its San Rafael mine and the planned completion of repairs to the dam at the hydro-electric power plant supplying its Pitinga mine during...

  • Release of the 3rd edition of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance

    by: Jonathan Paxton, on Tuesday, 17 May 2016

    The 3rd Edition of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance was published in April 2016 in order to clarify that the Guidance applies to all mineral supply chains. Due to the presence of the specific supplements for 3T minerals and gold associated with the Guidance, some stakeholders had believed that the recommendations were not relevant to other minerals but the minor changes in text by the OECD have now confirmed that this is not the case. There are no other...