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  • 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...

  • Latest developments in Asian tin trading

    by: Peter Kettle, on Saturday, 23 May 2015

    At the ITRI China International Tin Forum in Shanghai last week speakers from the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) and Indonesia Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (ICDX), Asia's two "new" tin exchanges, described recent and planned developments, including an expansion of listed brands and delivery points underpinning futures trading in China and the introduction of a "bulletin trade" system enabling one-to-one physical trades in Indonesia.

    The launch of nickel and tin contracts by SHFE from 27 March this year has given...

  • Euro Parliament votes for strong 'conflict minerals' law

    by: Victoria Coxell, on Friday, 22 May 2015

    The European Parliament plenary voted on wednesday to agree important amendments to the draft EU law on minerals and metals from high risk or conflict areas which had been originally put forward by the Commission as voluntary recommendations that would have had limited effects.
    The regulation remains on an arbitrary selection of '3TG' minerals/metals (tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold) and with a global scope, but major changes included now mandatory obligations for due diligence and reporting by both upstream (mine to...

  • New report on tin explorers launched

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 14 May 2015

    The ITRI Explorers & Developers Group will launch a new short report focussing on tin mine projects around the world at next week's ITRI China International Tin Forum in Shanghai.

    The E&D Group brings together some of the leading companies in the next generation of tin producers, which will be contributing new sustainable sources of supply to the market. The Group currently consists of 11 junior exploration and development companies working to develop a total of 14 major active tin...

  • Korea stockpile announces latest tin tender result

    by: Peter Kettle, on Thursday, 14 May 2015

    South Korea's Public Procurement Service (PPS) bought 200 tonnes of standard grade MSC tin from Daewoo at its latest tender on 12 May, at a US$288 c.i.f. premium to the LME price. This is the fourth tin tender so far in 2015, with cumulative purchases to date now amounting to 800 tonnes, in a mix of 99.9% low lead and standard grade metal from Indonesia and Malaysia.

    The PPS is a state organisation providing a purchasing and stockpiling service...