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  • Kamativi redevelopment hopes rise

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 07 December 2016

    Chinese investor, Beijing Pinchang Investments, has settled a dispute with the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and is set to take a 49% ownership stake in the defunct Kamativi tin mine in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland north province in return for contributing over $US100 million for the redevelopment of the mine.

    It was reported in October this year that the deal had collapsed after the ZMBC expressed dissatisfaction with the Chinese investor. Local news sources reported comments from Zimbabwean minister, Walter...

  • Indonesian tin exports low in November

    by: Peter Kettle, on Wednesday, 07 December 2016

    Indonesian tin exports in November amounted to 4,892 tonnes, some 25% lower than in the previous month, according to preliminary figures released by the trade ministry today. The cumulative tonnage for the first eleven months of the year is 57,508 tonnes, down by 18% compared to January-November 2015.

    The latest figures are based on pre-shipment checks made by surveying companies and include a small quantity of tin solder, as well as refined metal ingots. They are consistent with the...

  • UK tin mining takes positive steps

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 06 December 2016

    Tin projects and operations in the United Kingdom have reported a number of positive developments in recent months, with signs of progress and capital raising at the South Crofty and Redmoor mine projects in Cornwall and key regulatory approvals attained for further development and expansion at the Drakelands tungsten-tin mine near Plymouth.

    In mid-November, Strongbow Exploration Inc. announced the commencement of water treatment trials at its 100% owned South Crofty mine. Once the trials are complete in early 2017,...

  • China tin ore imports rebound in October

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 29 November 2016

    Customs figures released last week show that the gross weight of China's tin ore and concentrate imports in October totalled 36,515 tonnes (estimated at 4,300t contained tin), up 35% year-on-year and more than double the September total. Over 99% of imports originated from Myanmar, where local production has recovered to pre-rainy season levels following the September dip.

    Total imports for the first 10 months of 2016 amounted to 383,690 tonnes (of which 382,324 tonnes, or some 45,000t contained tin...

  • Leading tin producers share positive industry outlook

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Monday, 28 November 2016

    The heads of the world's two largest producing tin mining companies, Yunnan Tin Group General Manager, Mr Li Gang, and PT Timah President Director, M. Riza Pahlevi Tabrani, responded positively to questions on price, demand and sustainability during the Leaders Discussion at the ITRI Asia Tin Summit in Shanghai last week. The panel was chaired by Deputy Bureau Chief of the Financial Times Beijing, Lucy Hornby, with Chief Sales Officer for Metallo Chimique, Inge Hofkens, and ITRI's David Bishop...

  • Alpha forecasts tin demand in new electronics applications

    by: Peter Kettle, on Thursday, 24 November 2016

    Speaking at the ITRI Asia Tin Summit last week, Valentijn Van Velthoven of Alpha Assembly Solutions reviewed the key drivers of demand in the electronics assembly business and provided estimates of new tin demand being created in three key applications: power semiconductors, photovoltaic (PV) cells and LED lighting. He concluded that global tin use in these three areas could amount to some 10,000 tpy by 2020, compared to less than 2,000 tpy in the 2011 base year used in...

  • ITRI publishes 2016 Explorers and Developers Group Report

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 23 November 2016

    To coincide with 2016 Asia Tin Week in Shanghai, ITRI has released its 2016 ITRI Explorers & Developers Group Members report, which can be downloaded free here. The report includes profiles on each of the 8 current member companies and information on the major tin projects they are working to develop. ITRI and Elementos Ltd. Executive Director, Chris Dunks, both presented separately in Shanghai on tin project developments and opportunities.

    The low tin prices of 2015 and early 2016 made...