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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Myanmar tin exports stabilise in April

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Friday, 09 June 2017

Latest official China customs statistics reveal that April imports of tin ore and concentrate from Myanmar totalled 22,808 tonnes (gross weight), up 14% from March, but down 51% year-on-year.

The decline in gross weight of tin imports since last year is partially a result of higher tin content due to investment in processing infrastructure at the Man Maw mining district in Wa, Myanmar. Tin content of the concentrate exported is understood to have averaged some 23%Sn in April,...

YTC receive permission to carry out processing trade

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Wednesday, 07 June 2017

On April 20th this year, Yunnan Tin Company (YTC), the largest tin-producing company in China, received sole permission from the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China to carry out the processing trade of tin concentrate.

The policy, which was officially announced by YTC on Monday, means the company can buy tin concentrate from abroad without being charged tax by the Chinese government, providing refined tin produced from the concentrate that is imported under the policy is...

Myanmar ore exports continue year-on-year decline

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Thursday, 27 April 2017

Latest official China customs statistics reveal that March imports of tin ore and concentrate from Myanmar totalled 20,058 tonnes (gross weight), up 132% from February, but down 58% year-on-year.

There has been an obvious decline in shipments from Myanmar in the first quarter of 2017, with total ore volumes down 53% on the same period of 2016 to 60,059 tonnes. However, this year the average tin content of the ore and concentrates is higher because of technological improvements at...

Hedging benefits highlighted at ITRI China seminar

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The ITRI 2017 tin market and futures hedging seminar was held in Shenzhen on April 20 and was strongly assisted and supported by Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE). Approximately 70 members from ITRI China's Associate Membership and the ITRI-IPC China Solder Technology Group (CSTG) attended the meeting. The seminar covered the outlook for the tin market in 2017 as well as discussion on China's tin futures market operation and development outlook, risk management of non-ferrous metals company through utilisation of...

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...

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