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  • Will Nigeria top African tin producers in 2017?

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 10 August 2017

    Nigeria has emerged as a rapidly growing source of tin-in-concentrate in 2017, with tin ore exports in the first four months of this year as totals of importing country data at 2,967 tonnes (gross weight) or an estimated 2,000 t of tin contained based on a 67% average tin content, almost three times the amount of metal compared to the equivalent period of 2016.

    Anecdotal evidence from local news sources suggests the number of miners working at sites on...

  • China ore imports fall less than expected in June

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 02 August 2017

    Imports of tin concentrate by China from Myanmar fell by 34% from May to 22,260 tonnes in June according to the latest China customs statistics, with an estimated tin content of some 5,500 tonnes, down 20%.

    Estimated Chinese tin ore imports (metal content) from all sources in H1 2017 totalled 30,800 tonnes, effectively unchanged from the same period of 2016, with Myanmar responsible for over 98% of the total. The June trade statistics also reveal that tin product exports...

  • Renison production dips slightly in Q2

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 02 August 2017

    Tin-in-concentrate production from the Renison tin mine in Tasmania totalled 1,703 tonnes in Q2, down 4.7% compared to the first quarter of 2017, primarily as a result of a scheduled processing plant shutdown, according to Metals X's latest quarterly report.

    While falling on a quarter-on-quarter basis, production was up 48% compared to Q2 2016, largely due to the transition to owner-operator mining last year. Production over the first half of the year totalled 3,486 tonnes, up 23% from 2016,...

  • Chinese smelters in environmental shutdown

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 28 July 2017

    Tin smelters based in the city of Gejiu in Yunnan Province, China have been ordered to cease production temporarily for environmental reasons.

    Documents published by the Gejiu Environmental Protection Bureau reveal that all local tin smelters, except for the smelter of leading producer Yunnan Tin, have been ordered to cease production between July 26 and August 1. This is because sulphur dioxide emissions have been reported as exceeding current environmental limits. Major tin smelters affected include Yunnan Chengfeng, Gejiu...

  • Tin to be impacted by EU lead restrictions?

    by: Jonathan Rickwood, on Friday, 21 July 2017

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has been asked to submit a report on the restriction of lead in hunting shot due to ongoing concerns about toxicity and its impact on wildlife, which could boost the use of tin in alloys as an alternative.

    The hunting shot market in the EU is fragmented between lead, steel, tungsten and bismuth shot although there is no data detailing the breakdown of each type in the EU. Tin is not used in isolation...

  • Bolivian miners resist Comibol restructuring plan

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 21 July 2017

    Miners at Bolivia's state-owned Huanuni tin mine have halted production in a dispute over a planned restructuring of Bolivia's umbrella state mining company, Comibol, local news sources have reported.

    A government proposal for the restructuring of Comibol has come under strong resistance generally from the mining sector in Bolivia, with workers unions believe the restructuring will result in a reduction of social benefits by governance under a public labour law rather than the general labour rules which provide current...

  • Approvals granted for Granville expansion

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 14 July 2017

    Australian tin producer and project developer, Aus Tin Mining, has announced that it has received formal approval from Tasmania's West Coast Council for the expansion of its Granville Tin Project in Tasmania. This removes a significant hurdle for a resumption of mining at the site.

    The company has already been producing tin concentrate by processing tailings material and ore stocks at Granville but has been limited by existing user rights which restrict annual processing to 2,500 tonnes of ore....

  • Maiden ore reserve reported for Cinovec

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 14 July 2017

    European Metals Holdings Limited has reported a maiden ore reserve for its Cinovec Lithium-Tin Project in the Czech Republic.

    The JORC-compliant probable ore reserve is based on a Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) completed in April this year and totals 34.5 million tonnes of ore containing 0.30% lithium and 0.09% tin, or 103,500 tonnes of lithium and 31,050 tonnes of tin contained, as well as smaller volumes of tungsten.

    The project was envisaged in a recent 2017 PFS as an...

  • iTSCi field staff make 1,500 visits this quarter

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Monday, 10 July 2017

    VisitsiTSCi field staff have visited around 1,500 mine, processor and exporter sites this quarter, as well as facilitating discussion in stakeholder committees in four Central Africa countries. This work is a vital part of the iTSCi programme, observing first-hand exactly how the traceability and due diligence measures are being implemented and liaising directly to tackle issues and bring about improvement on the ground.

    Field visits are made by staff from the iTSCi programme, sometimes jointly with government agents, who...

  • iTSCi team plays a leading role at the annual OECD forum

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Monday, 10 July 2017

    OECD Forum croppedThe iTSCi team played a leading role at the 11th ICGLR-OECD-UN Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains held in Paris in May 2017. The forum was a comprehensive review of implementation of the benchmark OECD Due Diligence Guidelines (DDG) responsible minerals supply from conflict and high risk areas.

    Presentations, panel sessions and workshops over three days reported and discussed data on progress across different regions and minerals, including case studies, with perspectives from senior representatives of government, NGOs and...