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  • “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...

  • Another low month for Indonesian exports

    by: Peter Kettle, on Monday, 14 April 2014

    Provisional data released today by the Indonesian trade ministry shows refined tin exports of 5,848 tonnes in March, down by 37% compared to March 2013. The first quarter tonnage for this year, based on pre-shipment checks by surveyors, amounted to only 16,458 tonnes, down by 39% compared to Q1 2013.

    A feature of the latest month's data was that the proportion of tin shipped as solder and other non-ingot products was much lower than in previous months. The total...

  • PFS advances AusTin Taronga project

    by: Peter Kettle, on Monday, 07 April 2014

    ASX-listed AusTin Mining has today released details of a Pre-feasibility Study (PFS) on the Taronga tin project in New South Wales. The planned open pit mine would involve capital expenditure of Au$87.83 million and life of mine cash operating costs of Au$17,935/tonne of tin-in-concentrate. At a forecast tin price of US$25,000/tonne and Au$:US$ exchange rate of 0.90, the project has a pre-tax ungeared net present value of Au$63.15 million.

    The PFS proposes processing the relatively simple ore at 2.5Mt...

  • Tighter controls on Indonesian solder exports planned

    by: Peter Kettle, on Monday, 07 April 2014

    Indonesia plans to tighten controls on tin solder exports by controlling the size of solder wire allowed for sales overseas, the Director General of Foreign Trade at the country's trade ministry Bachrul Chairi told Bloomberg on Friday. Over the last six months sales of tin categorised as solder or other non-ingot products have increased substantially, thereby temporarily escaping a requirement that tin exports must be traded though the Indonesia Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (ICDX).

    The ministry is now drafting...