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  • RBT builds up production

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 27 September 2016

    Indonesia's largest private tin smelter, PT Refined Bangka Tin is planning to build up production to 800 - 900 tpm and is in the process of re-instating the listing of its brand on the LME, Metal Bulletin reported. The company was reported by trade sources to have re-started production in August, after previous owner Tomy Winata sold and closed the operation in Sungailiat, Bangka island in February. Winata announced at the time that the plant would be scrapped, but...

  • China ore imports keep growing

    by: Peter Kettle, on Tuesday, 27 September 2016

    Latest customs figures show that China's imports of tin ores and concentrates in August were almost three times the volume recorded in August 2015. The gross weight of imports last month was 38,428 tonnes (estimated 4,600t contained tin), up 188% year-on-year, of which 99% originated from Myanmar.

    Total imports in the first eight months of the year amounted to 329,373 tonnes (of which 328,459 tonnes, or some 39,000t contained tin was from Myanmar), up by 92% compared to the...

  • ITRI Survey shows tin use stable to slightly stronger in 2016

    by: Jeremy Pearce, on Wednesday, 21 September 2016

    ITRI’s twelfth annual survey of tin users gathered data from tin users worldwide between June and August 2016. ITRI analyst Peter Kettle commented: “Generally companies appear a little more optimistic about sales in 2016 than they were at the time of a snap survey carried out late last year. Allowing for a recent strong recovery in the China solder market it looks like global refined tin demand could increase by a little over 1% this year.”

    129 companies took...

  • Stories from the field - benefits of responsible mineral trade through the iTSCi programme

    by: Steven Peterson, on Wednesday, 21 September 2016

    The iTSCi Programme enables responsible 3T mineral production and trade across the Great Lakes region of Africa. While our work was started as a response to conflict concerns and negative circumstances, promotion of trade brings many other benefits. We are pleased to be able to send you the first in a new series of 'stories from the field' to show how iTSCi works as well as to highlight the benefits of iTSCi to local communities.

    This month we...

  • Renison shareholder reports production recovery in August

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Tuesday, 13 September 2016

    Unaudited tin-in-concentrate production at the Renison mine in Tasmania in January-August 2016 fell by 9.7% year-on-year to 3,941 tonnes, according to shareholder, L'sea Resources International. However, production in August was reported at 651 tonnes, up 48.2% compared to August 2015.

    Production from Renison continues its recovery from the low levels reported in April (335 tonnes), May (372 tonnes), June (445 tonnes) and July (461 tonnes). The dip in production during Q2 was primarily a result of a changeover from...

  • Indonesian exports recover in August

    by: Peter Kettle, on Thursday, 08 September 2016

    Indonesian tin exports rose to 5,379 tonnes last month, 62% higher than in July. In August 2015 exports were zero as a result of the introduction of a new export regulation and delays in issuing export licences. In the 12 months to August 2016 exports have amounted to 62,809 tonnes.

    The preliminary data released to news agencies by the trade ministry today is based on pre-shipment checks performed by surveyor companies, and includes solder and other tin products as...

  • Timah reports lower production and revenues in H1

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 31 August 2016

    The Indonesian state-run tin company, PT Timah, has reported a fall in production, stocks and revenue in its 2016 first half financial report, despite a reduction in costs and rise in average tin prices during the period.

    The company reported that its first half production of tin ore from mine operations fell 37% to 9,107 tonnes compared to the same period of 2015, with onshore mining output falling 68% to 1,831 tonnes and offshore production falling 15% to 7,277 tonnes. Refined...