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Bolivian tin output recovers in Q2

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Thursday, 19 October 2017

Official statistics from the Bolivian Ministry of Minerals and Metals reveal a 13.8% quarter-on-quarter increase in refined tin output to 4,359 tonnes and a 7.9% increase in tin mine output to 4,726 tonnes in Q2 2017. Refined production saw a lower 1.8% increase and mine production a 7.8% increase relative to the same period of 2016.

Compared to Q1, production from state-owned mines registered an 18.7% increase in output while production from private companies remained relatively stable at 1,067...

China refined tin output to rise following disruptions

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Wednesday, 18 October 2017

China's refined tin production is expected to increase in the coming months as a number of smelters restart production following maintenance, environmental inspections and raw material constraints.

Yunnan Tin Company (YTC), China's largest tin producer, restarted production on 9 October following a period of smelter maintenance which began on 31 August 31. Meanwhile, Dajingzi Tin Industry Company has been in a production halt since August because of a regular inspection of equipment as well as environmental inspections carried...

China ore imports from Myanmar decline in August

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Thursday, 28 September 2017

According to the latest official customs statistics released yesterday, China imports of tin ores and concentrates from Myanmar totalled 19,081 tonnes in August, with an estimated tin content of 4,600 tonnes, down 23% month on month but up 21% year on year.

From January to August in 2017, estimated metal content within China tin ore imports from Myanmar totalled 40,500 tonnes, about 2,600 tonnes more than the total for the same period of 2016. China tin ore imports from...

Exchanges outline new tin contract developments

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Thursday, 21 September 2017

Speakers from the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) and the Indonesian Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (ICDX) both outlined upcoming changes to their respective tin contracts in presentations at ITRI's 2017 Asia Tin Week in Kunming last week.

Dr. Zhang Zhiyong, Head of the non-ferrous metals department at SHFE, outlined how daily turnover for the SHFE tin futures contract has grown rapidly since its introduction in March 2015, along with the quantity of tin stock held in exchange warehouses. Recognised problems...

Mixed outlook for China’s tin production

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Speakers at ITRI's 2017 Asia Tin Week in Kunming in September presented different perspectives on the medium-term outlook for China's tin production, with production expected to remain static or decline slightly in the coming years.

John Johnson, CEO of CRU China, outlined how China's 'One Belt One Road (OBOR)' policy is intended to support the export of commodities in domestic surpluses, such as refined tin, and to import or invest in commodities in deficit such as tin concentrate. John...

ITRI Survey shows robust growth in tin use

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Wednesday, 20 September 2017

ITRI's thirteenth annual survey of tin users gathered data from tin users worldwide between June and August 2017, showing robust growth of 3.3% in 2016. 136 companies took part; accounting for some 46% of estimated global refined tin use.

ITRI also expects continued though more modest growth in 2017. ITRI analyst Tom Mulqueen commented: "Latest reports for the latter half of 2017 suggest tin usage in chemicals and tinplate in China has been stronger than the 1.3% indicated by...

Insight on tin use in glass production

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Tin use in float glass production totalled some 3,900 tonnes in China and 7,100 tonnes worldwide in 2016, according to estimates by Hou Yinglan from the Zhangzhou Kibing Glass company, who presented at ITRI's Asia Tin Week in Kunming.

Tin is used in the production of float glass in a liquid "tin bath" to provide a flat surface over which molten glass can float and solidify. Hou Yinglan estimates that there were 359 float glass production lines in...

PT Timah excels in H1

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Friday, 08 September 2017

The Indonesian state-owned tin producer, PT Timah, has announced a 57% year-on-year increase in refined tin production to 14,905 tonnes in the first half of 2017, with Q2 refined tin output at its highest level since Q4 2014 at 7,942 tonnes.

The increase in refined tin output is correlated with a 77% year-on-year increase in tin-in-concentrate production to 16,078 tonnes over the same period. This largely reflects a nearly five-fold increase in onshore tin mining output to 8,323 tonnes,...

Myanmar ore imports rise in July

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Tuesday, 05 September 2017

According to the latest customs statistics, China imports of tin concentrate from Myanmar totalled 25,602 tonnes in July, with an estimated tin content of 6,100 tonnes up 10% month on month and up around 70% year on year.

The total imports of tin-in-concentrate from January to July this year were estimated to be about 36,400 tonnes, up 6.5% compared to the same period of last year. Meanwhile, China's officially reported refined tin imports in July totalled 133 tonnes while...

YTC announces planned smelter maintenance

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Thursday, 31 August 2017

Yunnan Tin Company Limited (YTC) has announced it will cease production to undertake maintenance of its smelter in Gejiu for a period of 41 days starting on 31 August.

The company does not expect the planned production halt to have a significant influence on its overall 2017 refined tin output, but we estimate that the short-term impact will be a 5,000 t reduction in refined tin production during the maintenance period.

YTC's 2017 first half report has also revealed...

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