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  • Myanmar ore exports continue year-on-year decline

    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...

  • Funding progress at Bisie as early works begin

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 25 April 2017

    Alphamin Resources Corp. (AFM: TSXV) has announced that early construction works have commenced at its Bisie Tin Project in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, while significant progress has been made on finding a full funding solution for the project.

    The work on the box cut and the continued upgrading of the 34km access road has already commenced with expected completion by December this year, following the successful upgrading of the initial 9km of the access road to enable...

  • Hedging benefits highlighted at ITRI China seminar

    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...

  • Mixed results for Brazil tin output in 2016

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 25 April 2017

    Provisional data from the Brazilian tin association, Sindicato Nacional da Indústria da Extração do Estanho (SNIEE), reveals a 9.5% increase in tin mine output to 12,606 tonnes in 2016 compared to 2015, although refined tin production fell 1.6% to 11,663 tonnes over the same period.

    Minsur's Brazilian subsidiary, Taboca, remains the top producer of both tin ore and metal, with mine production of 6,864 tonnes and refined tin output of 5,873 tonnes, both accounting for just over 50% of...

  • Leading tin producers to report on Code of Conduct standards

    by: Tony Wallace, on Thursday, 20 April 2017

    ITRI and member companies have developed a new industry Code of Conduct specifically designed for global tin mining and smelting operations and addressing the growing expectations of tin users and consumers. Now we are pleased to announce that our members, as leaders in the tin production sector, will begin voluntary reporting against these industry standards in Q3 of 2017.

    The ITRI Code of Conduct has 10 Principles addressing basic expectations of legal compliance and publication of policy statements, through...

  • Downstream funding the ‘middle path’ on due diligence costs

    by: Steven Peterson, on Wednesday, 19 April 2017

    A recent paper by one the original champions of mineral supply chain due diligence, Gregory Mthembu-Salter, has questioned recent published criticism of upstream due diligence systems such as iTSCi, highlighting a failure to recognise that some negative trade offs, such as increased cost and exclusion of some actors from the supply chain, are inevitable if international buyers and consumers of 3T minerals are not to contribute to funding conflict in high-risk production zones. Likewise, the negative trade-off of conflict...

  • SEC formally suspends enforcement of part of the ‘conflict mineral’ rule

    by: Steven Peterson, on Monday, 10 April 2017

    Mike Piwowar, the Acting Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a statement on the 7th April 2017 (click here) in reaction to the final US Court decision a few days earlier confirming the view that public disclosure of 'conflict' or 'not conflict' products would violate the first amendment of the US constitution. The statement explained that "Until these issues are resolved, it is difficult to conceive of a circumstance that would counsel in favor of enforcing Item 1.01(c) of...