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Will Nigeria top African tin producers in 2017?

Post 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

Post 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

Post 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

Post 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...

Bolivian miners resist Comibol restructuring plan

Post 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...

Bolivia reports weaker tin output in Q1

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Friday, 07 July 2017

Official statistics from the Bolivian Ministry of Minerals and Metals reveal a year-on-year fall in both mine and refined tin production in the country in the first quarter of 2017, with mine output falling 6.7% to 4,381 tonnes and refined metal production falling 14.1% to 3,809 tonnes.

The reduction in mine output can be largely attributed to a 37% year-on-year fall in production attributed to mining cooperatives to 590 tonnes during Q1, with reported state-owned mined output increasing by...

PT Timah reports strong Q1 performance

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Thursday, 06 July 2017

Integrated Indonesian tin producer, PT Timah, has reported a strong first quarter for production, with mine output up 125% year-on-year to 7,675 tonnes in 2017 and refined production up 65% to 6,963 tonnes.

The company reported in a press release that the increase was a result of reconstruction and replacement of production facilities, increased production capacity and better support facilities. The company's ongoing efforts in this area include the opening of new onshore mine units, additional cutter suction dredges...

China tin concentrate imports see large May increase

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Thursday, 06 July 2017

Chinese tin ore and concentrate imports in May totalled 34,077 tonnes in gross weight, up 49% compared to April, but down 16% year-on-year according to the latest official data.

Nearly 99% of the reported imports in May were from Myanmar, with tin contained in the imported concentrate estimated to be more than 7,000t, up by 33% compared to April and up 70% from the last year. The grade of tin concentrate from Myanmar is generally higher than in 2016...

LME approves MSP brand listing

Post 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

Post 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...

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