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  • US House proposes Dodd-Frank conflict minerals repeal

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

    After a series of recent court rulings and consultations, the US House of Representatives have passed a financial regulatory bill that would overhaul many of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, including a full repeal of its conflict minerals clause.

    Clause 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act was a major stimulus to responsible minerals programmes and development of due diligence schemes in Central Africa, including the iTSCi project, when it was passed in 2010. US corporates registered with the...

  • iTSCi wins 2017 International CSR Excellence Award

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Tuesday, 20 June 2017

    CSR Awards 2017 itri smallThe iTSCi programme continues to win awards for its outstanding contribution to sustainable supply chain management. Already recognised in January as a key contributor to ITRI being named edie Sustainability Leader 2017, iTSCi has now won an International CSR Excellence Award, presented at the UK Houses of Parliament.

    International CSR Excellence Awards are presented by the Green Organisation for Corporate and Social Responsibility to caring companies that use their privileged position to help their colleagues, communities, customers, the environment...

  • Alphamin plan US$38 million equity fundraising

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 16 June 2017

    Alphamin Resources Corp. (AFM: TSXV) has announced plans for a private placement with which it hopes to raise approximately US$38 million to fund further construction activities at its 82.5% owned Bisie Tin Project in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo,

    The company plans to issue 146,500,000 Units consisting of one common share of the company and half of one common share purchase warrant for total proceeds of approximately US$38.0 million. 81,454,000 Units will be issued in a private...

  • EU publishes Conflict Minerals Regulation

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 16 June 2017

    The final text of the European Union's Conflict Minerals Regulation 2017 has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, available here. This outlines supply chain due diligence obligations for EU importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

    The Regulation will be phased in, with parts effective from July 9th, and full compliance with all provisions a requirement from 1st January 2021. This aims to give companies sufficient time for implementation, which...

  • LME approves MSP brand listing

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 16 June 2017

    On June 8th the London Metal Exchange (LME) announced the approval of Indonesian tin smelter Mitra Stania Prima (MSP) as a listed LME brand, making it deliverable against the LME Tin Contract.

    MSP's smelter is based on the island of Bangka in Indonesia, with an approximated annual tin refining capacity of 6,720 tonnes per year. The company is an integrated mining and smelting operation, counting onshore open pit operations among its assets.

    ITRI View: The addition of MSP brings the total...

  • Indonesian tin exports robust in May

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 09 June 2017

    Indonesian tin exports in May amounted to 6,989 tonnes, up 30% year-on-year and up 10% compared to April, according to preliminary figures released by the trade ministry earlier this week. This brings the total for 2017 so far to 31,385 tonnes, up 43% compared to the same period of 2016.

    The latest figures are based on pre-shipment checks made by surveying companies, which typically include a small amount of tin in solder form, as well as the refined metal...

  • Myanmar tin exports stabilise in April

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 09 June 2017

    Latest official China customs statistics reveal that April imports of tin ore and concentrate from Myanmar totalled 20,058 tonnes (gross weight), up 14% from March, but down 51% year-on-year.

    The decline in gross weight of tin imports since last year is partially a result of higher tin content due to investment in processing infrastructure at the Man Maw mining district in Wa, Myanmar. Tin content of the concentrate exported is understood to have averaged some 23%Sn in April,...

  • ITRI 6th London Tin Seminar Presentations

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 09 June 2017

    ITRI's 6th London Tin Seminar was successfully held last week, with general optimism about tin market prospects among analysts and tin project developers over the next 5 years. Below we include download links to ITRI Explorers and Developers Group presentations from the event.

    ITRI Explorers and Developers Group presentations:

    Aus Tin Mining - click here

    Avalon Advanced Materials - click here

    Elementos Ltd. - click here

    Stellar Resources - click here

    Strongbow Exploration - click here


    For more information on the ITRI Explorers and Developers Group, please visit 

  • YTC receive permission to carry out processing trade

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 07 June 2017

    On April 20th this year, Yunnan Tin Company (YTC), the largest tin-producing company in China, received sole permission from the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China to carry out the processing trade of tin concentrate.

    The policy, which was officially announced by YTC on Monday, means the company can buy tin concentrate from abroad without being charged tax by the Chinese government, providing refined tin produced from the concentrate that is imported under the policy is...

  • iTSCi lead ranked #9 in 2017 Top 100 Conflict Minerals Leaders

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Friday, 26 May 2017

    iTSCi lead Kay Nimmo, ITRI has been listed #9 in the Assent Compliance Top 100 Conflict Mineral Leaders this year, up from #15 in 2016. This recognises her wide ranging influence across global upstream industries in promoting conflict mineral due diligence, including through the uniquely successful iTSCi programme. The list recognizes leaders who shape the future of supply chain excellence and responsible sourcing with outstanding contributions to increasing the public’s awareness of conflict mineral compliance through education and advocating...