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Tin production by Bolivian state companies falls

Post By: Peter Kettle on Thursday, 17 November 2011

While Bolivia's state-owned tin enterprises, EM Huanuni and EM Vinto, have ambitious expansion plans for the next few years, their production has declined a little in the first nine months of this year. Production of tin-in-concentrates at the Huanuni mine fell by 7.7% year-on-year to 6,714 tonnes in January-September, while refined tin production at the nearby Vinto smelter declined by 1.1% to 8,421 tonnes.

National tin production was, however, supported by better performance by private companies. Total Bolivian tin-in-concentrate...

Latest news on Indonesian export halt

Post By: Peter Kettle on Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Two Bloomberg reports this week have provided some insights into which companies are continuing to export tin in the current quarter and also play down earlier calls for the introduction of a quota system.

As previously reported, trade ministry data showed that 5,442 tonnes of refined tin was checked prior to export by trade ministry surveyors in October, despite the "halt" in sales called from the start of the month. Bloomberg reported that the five smelters responsible for this...

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