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  • China Tin announces shut down of its Ausmelt furnace

    by: Peter Kettle, on Thursday, 16 April 2015

    China Tin – the third largest producer in China - has announced a shut-down of its Ausmelt furnace for maintenance from 16 April for one month. The Ausmelt furnace of China Tin started up in March 2013, with a capacity of 20,000tpy. China Tin produced more than 12,000t refined tin in 2014.

    Many smelters is facing huge risk and struggling between the raw material purchase and the fall of tin price. Most smelters in China do not hedge their...

  • Trial mining planned at Taronga

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 16 April 2015

    ASX-listed Aus Tin Mining has announced plans to undertake trial open pit mining and pilot plant operations at its Taronga Tin Project in New South Wales, Australia.


    The capital cost of the stage 1 design is estimated at A$2.5 million and both capital and operating costs are expected to be covered by revenue generated from sales of tin concentrate produced at current tin prices. An optimisation of the ore reserve estimated that 333,000 tonnes of ore at a...

  • European Parliament Trade Committee votes for ineffective amendments to EU conflict mineral law

    by: Victoria Coxell, on Wednesday, 15 April 2015

    A press release from the European Parliament (available here) declared that yesterdays vote in the International Trade Committee (INTA) regarding amendments to the proposed EU system for management of 'conflict minerals' beefed up rules to 'stem the flow of conflict mineral money to armed groups'. However, a joint civil society statement published by Global Witness explained that INTA had 'wasted a ground-breaking opportunity' and voted for a 'weak and ineffective law' that, if passed, would require only a tiny number of companies...

  • MSC reports fall in profits in 2014

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

    Malaysia Smelting Corporation (MSC) has revealed a 32% fall in profits to RM68.43 million for the 2014 financial year in its recently published 2014 annual report. The group’s revenue increased 21% to RM1.9 billion in 2014, helped by higher refined tin sales, but profit was affected by the divesting of interests in its Indonesian operations, increased cost pressures and adverse currency exchange rate movements.

    In 2014, the MSC Group remained the second largest refined tin producer worldwide, as refined...

  • Indonesian exports rise ahead of sales cap

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

    Preliminary data released by Indonesia's trade ministry on 8 April showed a surge in exports before a plan to limit sales to 4,500 tonnes per month came into effect.

    Exports in March were reported to Reuters at 6,929.70 tonnes, up by 16% compared to February and 19% on March 2014. The data is based on pre-shipment checks made by surveying companies as part of the ministry's export licensing system. The total included 6,921.52 tonnes of ingots and 8.19...