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Temporary supply disruption in China

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Monday, 10 April 2017

Two Chinese tin smelters (Gejiu Jinye and Gejiu Zili) suspended production from early April after the government carried out environmental pollution spot checks related to sulphur dioxide emissions. 

Typical production from the disrupted smelters in Yunnan Province is around 1,400 tonnes per month. It is estimated that operations will be affected for between 2 to 4 weeks, during which period smelters will install better emissions monitoring equipment to comply with government requirements.

A number of private tin mining companies in...

Indonesian tin exports robust in Q1

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Indonesian tin exports totalled 18,018 tonnes in Q1, up by 3.1% compared to the final quarter of 2016, and up 86% year-on-year. Exports in January, February and March, totalled 6,964 tonnes, 4,911 tonnes and 6,143 tonnes respectively, varying in broad relation to the tin price.

The preliminary data released to news agencies by the trade ministry is based on pre-shipment checks performed by surveyor companies, and include small volumes of solder and other tin products (less than 108...

Myanmar shipments hit seasonal low

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Monday, 27 March 2017

Latest official customs statistics released by China last week report February imports of tin ore and concentrate from Myanmar totalled 8,641 tonnes (gross weight), unchanged from February 2016, but down 72% compared to January. The latest data is unsurprising, as it is usual for February shipments to be impacted by the Chinese Spring Festival holidays.

Myanmar was the source of over 99% of China's reported tin ore and concentrate imports in January and February, which totalled exactly 40,000 tonnes,...

Pitinga outlook positive after record year

Post 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

Post 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%...

Myanmar peace process meeting delayed

Post 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...

PT Timah renews commitment to tin industry body ITRI

Post By: Tony Wallace on Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Indonesian tin producer PT Timah has renewed its commitment to the global tin industry association ITRI as a key step forward in its mission to be a leading mining company in a world increasingly driven by sustainability issues. Representing the world's major tin producers, ITRI is pleased to announce that PT Timah has reinstated its membership, renewing a long-standing industry partnership that is now ready to move forward together on a set of important initiatives.

"We are delighted to...

China tin trade subdued in January

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Monday, 27 February 2017

Latest official customs statistics released by China last week showed that the country's tin ore and concentrate imports from Myanmar fell by 57% year-on-year to 31,359 tonnes (gross weight) in January, predominantly due an earlier Chinese Spring Festival holiday period than in recent years. Refined tin imports also fell 34% over the same period to 643 tonnes.

Myanmar was the source of over 99% of China's tin ore and concentrate imports in January, which totalled 31,651 tonnes. The...

Huanuni problems continue in 2016

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Monday, 20 February 2017

Bolivia's state-owned Huanuni tin mine made a loss of US$6.7 Million last year, according to local news sources, as government statistics show that underinvestment and widespread drought resulted in a 25% year-on-year fall in tin-in-concentrate production in 2016 to 6,460 tonnes.

Bolivia's worst drought in 25 years has been the major factor affecting output and has continued to be an issue so far in 2017. The impact has been compounded by ongoing reliance and underinvestment in Huanuni's ageing Santa...

Minsur’s Peruvian production down in 2016

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Individual Q4 results for Minsur's Peruvian operations, released today, reveal refined tin production totalled 19,573 tonnes in 2016, down 3.2% from 2015. Despite a 20% year-on-year fall in refined production to 5,023 tonnes in Q4, 2016 production guidance of 19kt to 19.5kt was exceeded.

In addition to the contraction in refined tin output from the Pisco smelter during Q4, tin-in-concentrate production from the San Rafael Mine fell 6% year-on-year to 4,828 tonnes in Q4, while head grades fell to...

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