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  • Timah chief to join ITRI Asia Tin Week leaders’ panel

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 18 October 2016

    ITRI is pleased to announce that the recently appointed President Director of PT Timah, M. Riza Pahlevi Tabrani, has agreed to participate in a panel discussion on key issues with other tin industry leaders at the Asia Tin Summit meeting to be held in Shanghai on 22-23 November.

    The panel will be chaired by Lucy Hornby of the Financial Times and already includes Yunnan Tin Company General Manager Li Gang and Inge Hofkens, Chief Sales Officer of Metallo Chimique....

  • MSC appoints new CEO

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Monday, 10 October 2016

    The Malaysia Smelting Corporation announced the immediate appointment of Patrick Yong as company Chief Executive Officer on Friday, following the departure of Mr Chua Cheong Yong.

    Dr Patrick Yong was previously the Managing Director of MSC's wholly owned subsidiary, M Smelt (C) Sdn Bhd. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and 40 years of experience in global business operations. Chua, who resigned to pursue personal interests, contributed more than 30 years of service to MSC, with two...

  • ITRI conference reviews latest tinplate innovations

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Friday, 07 October 2016

    ITRI's 11th International Tinplate Conference held in London October 5th & 6th 2016 showcased the latest innovations in tinplate production and use, demonstrating the unique ability of tinplate to adapt to fast-changing and demanding market drivers.

    ITRI has hosted the conference every four years since 1976 and it is well respected in the industry as a unique forum for tracking market and technology changes in tinplate. 130 delegates attended from 27 countries, including representatives from most major tinplate companies and...

  • BMD secures licensing deal for new tin futures contract

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 06 October 2016

    Bursa Malaysia Derivatives (BMD) signed a licensing agreement last week with the Kuala Lumpur Tin Market (KLTM) to develop and manage a new futures tin trading contract. The Futures Tin Market (FTIN) contract will be launched on 31 October this year, with the KLTM physical tin price used as the reference price for futures trading.

    The KLTM is the oldest physical tin market in Asia with 11 registered tin brands, while Bursa Malaysia is one of Asia's largest...

  • W Resources commences production at La Parrilla

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 04 October 2016

    W Resources has begun operations at its La Parrilla tungsten and tin mine in south-west Spain ahead of schedule and is working to ramp-up output of tungsten concentrates and tin by-product to 400 tpa over the next 6 months.

    The company has developed an optimised fast-track open pit mine plan with a low strip ratio and has identified 3 higher grade zones for the initial stage of mining, with mineralisation open in most directions and at depth. Indicated and...

  • RBT builds up production

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 27 September 2016

    Indonesia's largest private tin smelter, PT Refined Bangka Tin is planning to build up production to 800 - 900 tpm and is in the process of re-instating the listing of its brand on the LME, Metal Bulletin reported. The company was reported by trade sources to have re-started production in August, after previous owner Tomy Winata sold and closed the operation in Sungailiat, Bangka island in February. Winata announced at the time that the plant would be scrapped, but...

  • China ore imports keep growing

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 27 September 2016

    Latest customs figures show that China's imports of tin ores and concentrates in August were almost three times the volume recorded in August 2015. The gross weight of imports last month was 38,428 tonnes (estimated 4,600t contained tin), up 188% year-on-year, of which 99% originated from Myanmar.

    Total imports in the first eight months of the year amounted to 329,373 tonnes (of which 328,459 tonnes, or some 39,000t contained tin was from Myanmar), up by 92% compared to the...