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China ore imports fall sharply in October

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Wednesday, 06 December 2017

China imports of tin ores and concentrates from Myanmar totalled 12,919 tonnes (gross weight) in October, according to the latest official customs statistics, with an estimated tin content of 3,100 tonnes, down 38% from September and 44% year-on-year.

From January to October, the estimated tin metal content of Chinese ore and concentrate imports from Myanmar totalled 48,600 tonnes, up 8% compared to the same period last year. The gross weight of China's tin ore imports from other countries in...

New Huanuni plant to begin limited operations in 2018

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Friday, 24 November 2017

The General Manager of Bolivia's largest tin mine, Huanuni, has announced that the mine's new processing plant should begin small-scale operations from March 2018.

The 3,000tpd Lucianita plant was built by the Chinese contractor Vicstar Union Engineering under a US$50 million contract awarded in 2011 with the purpose of replacing the ageing Santa Elena plant currently in operation at the mine. However, the new plant has not yet been utilised since its completion in late 2014 due to issues...

Tin the forgotten EV metal?

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Thursday, 16 November 2017

Opportunities for growth in the quantity of tin used in solder and batteries as a result of the electric vehicle revolution were presented by ITRI at two Australian tin mining investment seminars in Sydney and Melbourne in early November.

The full presentation, which also detailed our latest view of the medium-term tin market outlook, can be downloaded in full here.

PT Timah maintains strong performance in Q3

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Thursday, 16 November 2017

State-owned Indonesian tin producer, PT Timah, has reported refined tin production of 7,932 tonnes for Q3 2017, effectively unchanged from Q2, but up 22.5% year-on-year.

Mined tin output fell 7.5% to 7,776 tonnes from the previous quarter, but was up 13.3% on the previous year. The company's refined tin stocks at the end of the quarter rose 4.6% year-on-year to 3,966 tonnes, while tin contained in ore and slag stocks rose 14% to 11,478 tonnes. Refined tin production over...

US tin stockpile upgraded from tin pest contamination

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Wednesday, 01 November 2017

Tin pest contamination in the US National Defence Stockpile (NDS) stockpile is being remediated over time using a simple remelting process to upgrade the more than 4,000 tonnes stored back to a 99% pure tin grade.

The stockpile, currently administered by the Defence Logistics Agency (DLA), was made in response to the Strategic and Critical Materials Stockpiling Act of 1939 to provide a reserve of strategic materials and minerals considered vital for military, industrial and civilian needs in...

China ore imports strong in September

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Friday, 27 October 2017

China imports of tin ores and concentrates from Myanmar totalled 20,818 tonnes (gross weight) in September, according to the latest official customs statistics, with an estimated tin content of 5,000 tonnes, up 9% from August, almost three times higher than September 2016.

The estimated tin metal content of Chinese ore and concentrate imports from January to September totalled 45,500 tonnes, up 15% compared to the same period last year. The gross weight of China's tin ore imports from other...

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...

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