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  • Tin innovation critical as China’s economy enters new phase

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 28 May 2015

    The Yunnan Tin Company (YTC) has highlighted the importance of new tin innovations and smelting technologies to the future of China's tin industry. YTC General Manager Zhang Fu presented the company's outlook at the 2015 ITRI China International Tin Forum in Shanghai, which it co-hosted.

    Zhang Fu outlined how China's economy is transitioning from previous growth rate highs of ~10% to a ~7% rate of long term growth. China's economy is adapting to this "new normal" by focussing on...

  • Formalisation prospects for DRC tin production

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 26 May 2015

    Recent presentations at the 2015 ITRI China International Tin Forum in Shanghai by Mining Mineral Resources (MMR) and TSX-V listed Alphamin Resources Corp., who both have active tin projects in DR Congo, have highlighted the potential for the ongoing formalisation of the country's tin mining sector.

    Mining Mineral Resources possesses approvals for prospect exploration and mining in Katanga province, DRC and is in full compliance with the iTSCi programme. MMR has undertaken grassroots exploration through to project construction and...

  • Minsur announces production increase from Pitinga in Q1

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 26 May 2015

    Minsur's Q1 consolidated results reveal that its Brazilian subsidiary Taboca saw a 20% year-on-year increase in Q1 tin production from its Pitinga mine to 1,585 tonnes in 2015. This brings Minsur's total tin production in Q1 to 5,883 tonnes.

    The increase in tin production at Pitinga corresponds with a 9% higher volume of ore processed in the quarter to 1,514,927 tonnes due to operational improvements. Head grades remained at 0.2% Sn and 0.25% NbTa.

    The cash cost per...

  • AETI plans rehabilitation pilot projects

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 26 May 2015

    The Association of Indonesian Tin Exporters (AETI), which currently represents 20 independent Indonesian tin producers and smelters, has reported that it is working with NGOs, led by Apple Inc., to develop a series of pilot projects aimed at rehabilitating abandoned mining areas in the Bangka Belitung and Riau Islands provinces.

    Speaking at the ITRI China International Tin Forum in Shanghai, the president of AETI, Mr Jabin Sufianto, announced that the pilot projects will involve reclamation of exhausted mining areas...

  • Tin use in China’s lead-acid battery industry continues to soar

    by: Peter Kettle, on Saturday, 23 May 2015

    A presentation at our Shanghai Tin Forum by Zhu Jian of Tianneng Power, one of the two leading Chinese motive battery producers, forecast that tin use by China's lead-acid battery industry could increase from almost 12,000 tonnes in 2014 to 17,600 tonnes in 2018.

    While rapid growth in tin use in recent years has been due mainly to government-enforced changes in grid alloy composition, replacing cadmium and antimony by tin, and the expansion of the unique e-bike market, going...