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  • Bushveld to expand tin portfolio

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 21 March 2017

    London-listed Bushveld Minerals Limited has raised further funds for its planned acquisition of Strategic Minerals Corporation after agreeing on a deal with Wogen Resources related to its alloying business. Both Bushveld and Strategic Minerals have tin projects in development.

    Through its subsidiary, Greenhill Resources, Bushveld is working to develop the Mokopane tin project in South Africa, but also has a suite of vanadium, titanium, iron ore and coal assets. Strategic Minerals became equal partners of the Redmoor Tin-Tungsten...

  • iTSCi report demonstrates effective risk management outcomes in 3T minerals supply

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Wednesday, 15 March 2017

    Newly published data from the iTSCi minerals due diligence programme demonstrates effective risk identification and management outcomes for tin, tungsten and tantalum supply from Central Africa.

    The new figures show how the 3,063 incidents recorded and managed across 1,341 mine sites in four countries by iTSCi from 2011 to 2016 have resulted in 2,081 positive outcomes, as the co-ordinated combination of actions by stakeholders has achieved successful and progressive improvement in the supply chain.

    Through iTSCi implementation, companies, governments,...

  • Apple to include cobalt in DRC due diligence protocols

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Tuesday, 14 March 2017

    Following recent publicity over allegations of child labour and poor working conditions at DRC artisanal cobalt mines, Apple has announced that it will this year begin to include cobalt suppliers in its due diligence protocols. They will use a similar approach to existing ‘conflict minerals’ programmes operating there for tin, tungsten and tantalum.

    Issues over cobalt mining in the DRC were raised by an Amnesty International report in January 2016. The Washington Post and more recently Sky News have...

  • Pitinga outlook positive after record year

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Monday, 06 March 2017

    Minsur's consolidated results, released last week, report that tin output from the Pitinga mine in Brazil rose by 20% year-on-year to 6,875 tonnes, a record high since the mine's acquisition by Minsur in 2008, while refined tin produced at the Pirapora smelter in Brazil rose 6% to 5,873 tonnes. Refined tin production by Minsur's operations in Peru and Brazil totalled 25,445 last year, down 1% from 2015, but in line with official guidance.

    The company's Brazilian operations, which are...

  • Timah report improved financials for 2016

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 01 March 2017

    The Indonesian state tin company, PT Timah, reported a 148% increase in profits to Rp 251.97 billion (~US$18.9 million) in 2016, despite a fall in mine and refined tin production to 24,121 and 23,756 tonnes respectively, according to an official press release by the company.

    While tin-in-concentrate and refined tin output both fell compared to 2015, the company had a particularly strong final quarter, with a 19% QOQ increase in mine output to 8,142 tonnes and a 20%...

  • Tin International signs binding JV agreement

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 01 March 2017

    Tin International AG, 61.5% owned by Deutsche Rohstoff AG, has announced that it has signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding with Lithium Australia NL to establish a Joint Venture Company (JV). Tin International's Sadisdorf tin deposit in the Erzgebirge region of Saxony, Germany, will become the new company's core asset.

    Lithium Australia NL has developed economically viable processing technology for some lithium ores as well as holding a global portfolio of lithium deposits. The company will be able to...

  • Myanmar peace process meeting delayed

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 01 March 2017

    The second meeting of Aung San Suu Kyi's 21st Century Panglong peace process, which was originally scheduled for mid-February, appears to have been postponed and is not expected to be held until mid-March at the earliest. The peace process has been closely followed by those with concerns over the responsible sourcing of tin from the areas controlled by the UWSA, a major ethnic armed group, which is a major supplier of tin ore and concentrate to China, exporting tin...