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  • China trade volumes recovered in March

    by: Peter Kettle, on Wednesday, 23 April 2014

    China's refined tin imports in March amounted to 889 tonnes, down by 45% on March 2013. However, the volume is up by 323% comparing to February and this is a rebound from lower volumes over the last seven months. The rise was attributed to a general industry recovery after Spring Festival holidays.

    Tin concentrate imports in March also had a big increase. The gross weight of imports was 16,415 tonnes, up by 466% compared to February and 39% versus...

  • MSC to focus on Malaysia and Africa

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 22 April 2014

    In an interview with The Star newspaper, Malaysia Smelting Corporation CEO Chua Cheong Yong said that the company hopes to complete a withdrawal from Indonesia by the end of this year and will focus its attention on mining and smelting in Malaysia and Africa in the near future.

    MSC is looking to sell the assets associated with its 75% shareholding in Indonesian subsidiary PT Koba Tin, which failed to extend its Contract of Work last year. These include...

  • Two stage plan for Cleveland revival

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 22 April 2014

    Elementos Limited has announced the results of a Pre-Feasibility Study on the re-opening of the old Cleveland tin-copper mine in Tasmania and treatment of tailings from historic workings. The company aims to start tailings treatment as early as 2016, thereby generating early cash flow to help fund exploration and development of the underground resource.

    The PFS prepared by independent consultants Mining One and pitt&sherry is based on the initial treatment of 650,000 tpy of tailings to produce 1,000 tpy of...

  • “Not Conflict Free” Product Description Found to Violate US First Amendment

    by: Samantha Hoo, on Tuesday, 15 April 2014

    Following the issue of the SEC conflict minerals rule in 2012 several trade groups launched a challenge relating to uncertain cost-benefit analysis, discretionary choices made by the SEC, and the possibility that some requirements in the rule violate the First Amendment of the US Constitution. On 14th April 2014 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals rejected many of the arguments - except one - stating that; "The label "conflict free" is a metaphor that conveys moral responsibility for...

  • Atlas Tin established to develop Achmmach tin project

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 15 April 2014

    Kasbah Resources announced that it has signed a shareholders agreement with two Japanese companies to develop and operate the Achmmach mine project in Morocco. The shareholders agreement follows on from a previously signed memorandum of understanding with Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) and Nittetsu Mining Co (NMC). Under the agreement, Kasbah subsidiary Atlas Tin SAS will be owned 75% by Kasbah, 20% by TTC and 5% by NMC. NMC has already made full payment for its stake, while Toyota has...