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  • Exchanges outline new tin contract developments

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 21 September 2017

    Speakers from the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) and the Indonesian Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (ICDX) both outlined upcoming changes to their respective tin contracts in presentations at ITRI's 2017 Asia Tin Week in Kunming last week.

    Dr. Zhang Zhiyong, Head of the non-ferrous metals department at SHFE, outlined how daily turnover for the SHFE tin futures contract has grown rapidly since its introduction in March 2015, along with the quantity of tin stock held in exchange warehouses. Recognised problems...

  • Mixed outlook for China’s tin production

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 20 September 2017

    Speakers at ITRI's 2017 Asia Tin Week in Kunming in September presented different perspectives on the medium-term outlook for China's tin production, with production expected to remain static or decline slightly in the coming years.

    John Johnson, CEO of CRU China, outlined how China's 'One Belt One Road (OBOR)' policy is intended to support the export of commodities in domestic surpluses, such as refined tin, and to import or invest in commodities in deficit such as tin concentrate. John...

  • ITRI survey shows recovery in tin use in 2017

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 20 September 2017

    ITRI's thirteenth annual survey of tin users gathered data from tin users worldwide between June and August 2017. ITRI analyst Tom Mulqueen commented: "latest reports suggest tin usage in chemicals and tinplate in China has been stronger than indicated by our survey results. If this is sustained then it is possible we could see global refined tin consumption growth of around 2% in 2017"

    136 companies took part; accounting for some 46% of estimated global refined tin use in...

  • Insight on tin use in glass production

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 20 September 2017

    Tin use in float glass production totalled some 3,900 tonnes in China and 7,100 tonnes worldwide in 2016, according to estimates by Hou Yinglan from the Zhangzhou Kibing Glass company, who presented at ITRI's Asia Tin Week in Kunming.

    Tin is used in the production of float glass in a liquid "tin bath" to provide a flat surface over which molten glass can float and solidify. Hou Yinglan estimates that there were 359 float glass production lines in...

  • PT Timah excels in H1

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 08 September 2017

    The Indonesian state-owned tin producer, PT Timah, has announced a 57% year-on-year increase in refined tin production to 14,905 tonnes in the first half of 2017, with Q2 refined tin output at its highest level since Q4 2014 at 7,942 tonnes.

    The increase in refined tin output is correlated with a 77% year-on-year increase in tin-in-concentrate production to 16,078 tonnes over the same period. This largely reflects a nearly five-fold increase in onshore tin mining output to 8,323 tonnes,...

  • Myanmar ore imports rise in July

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 05 September 2017

    According to the latest customs statistics, China imports of tin concentrate from Myanmar totalled 25,602 tonnes in July, with an estimated tin content of 6,100 tonnes up 10% month on month and up around 70% year on year.

    The total imports of tin-in-concentrate from January to July this year were estimated to be about 36,400 tonnes, up 6.5% compared to the same period of last year. Meanwhile, China's officially reported refined tin imports in July totalled 133 tonnes while...

  • UN reports reduced conflict financing opportunities associated with 3T minerals

    by: Steven Peterson, on Tuesday, 05 September 2017

    The final report (S/2017/672) of the UN Group of Experts on the DRC was recently released and presented to the Security Council by Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta (Egypt), Council President for August. Two members of the Group had been murdered in Kasai Province in March and this unfortunate event was understandably the focus of comments. The discussion went on to consider the tremendous challenges which exist in the DRC, with the dynamics of the conflict ever-changing, an illicit trade in...

  • L’ONU rapport un réduite d’opportunités de financement de conflit associés aux minerais 3T

    by: Steven Peterson, on Tuesday, 05 September 2017

     Le rapport final (S/2017/672) du Groupe d'experts des Nations Unies sur la République démocratique du Congo a été récemment publié et présenté au Conseil de sécurité par Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta (Égypte), président du Conseil pour août. Deux membres du Groupe ont été assassinés en mars dans la Province du Kasaï et l'on comprend aisément que ce malheureux évènement ait été au centre des commentaires. Le débat s'est poursuivi pour examiner les défis colossaux qui existent en RDC, avec la dynamique...

  • YTC announces planned smelter maintenance

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 31 August 2017

    Yunnan Tin Company Limited (YTC) has announced it will cease production to undertake maintenance of its smelter in Gejiu for a period of 41 days starting on 31 August.

    The company does not expect the planned production halt to have a significant influence on its overall 2017 refined tin output, but we estimate that the short-term impact will be a 5,000 t reduction in refined tin production during the maintenance period.

    YTC's 2017 first half report has also revealed...

  • Victory Mines to commence Bolivian tailings studies

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 24 August 2017

    Australian tin explorer, Victory Mines (ASX:VIC), has announced that it has been granted permission by Bolivian state mining company, Comibol, to carry out feasibility study work on eight tin tailings sites in Bolivia.

    The sites include four existing tailings projects that the company was working to develop in 2015 with local mining cooperatives under the joint venture, South American Tin. These four tailings sites (El Kenko Lamas, Catavi, Sink & Float Descartes and Rio Andavillque) are located near to the...