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  • Pitinga-Pirapora tin output reaches fresh highs

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 18 August 2017

    Refined tin production from Minsur's subsidiary in Brazil, Taboca, rose 28% year-on-year to 1,934 tonnes in Q2 according to the company's Q2 financial report, while production from the Pitinga Mine declined 3% to 1,622 tonnes.

    The increase in refined tin production was explained by an 18% higher volume of concentrate to the smelter and a 37% rise production of tin from slags. Output in the first half of 2017 totalled 3,356 tonnes, up 39% from the same period of...

  • Minsur increases Peru production guidance for 2017

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Friday, 18 August 2017

    Minsur has revised its 2017 Peruvian refined tin production guidance from between 16,500 and 17,500 tonnes to between 17,500 to 18,500 tonnes. The change was outlined as part of the company's Q2 financial results, which also reveal that refined tin production from its Peruvian operations in Q2 totalled 4,727 tonnes, down 6% from 5,014 tonnes in Q2 2016.

    The lower production in Q2 2017 is largely due to consumption of raw material stocks in the same period of...

  • Will Nigeria top African tin producers in 2017?

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Thursday, 10 August 2017

    Nigeria has emerged as a rapidly growing source of tin-in-concentrate in 2017, with tin ore exports in the first four months of this year as totals of importing country data at 2,967 tonnes (gross weight) or an estimated 2,000 t of tin contained based on a 67% average tin content, almost three times the amount of metal compared to the equivalent period of 2016.

    Anecdotal evidence from local news sources suggests the number of miners working at sites on...

  • China ore imports fall less than expected in June

    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...

  • Renison production dips slightly in Q2

    by: Tom Mulqueen, on Wednesday, 02 August 2017

    Tin-in-concentrate production from the Renison tin mine in Tasmania totalled 1,703 tonnes in Q2, down 4.7% compared to the first quarter of 2017, primarily as a result of a scheduled processing plant shutdown, according to Metals X's latest quarterly report.

    While falling on a quarter-on-quarter basis, production was up 48% compared to Q2 2016, largely due to the transition to owner-operator mining last year. Production over the first half of the year totalled 3,486 tonnes, up 23% from 2016,...

  • Chinese smelters in environmental shutdown

    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...

  • Tin to be impacted by EU lead restrictions?

    by: Jonathan Rickwood, on Friday, 21 July 2017

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has been asked to submit a report on the restriction of lead in hunting shot due to ongoing concerns about toxicity and its impact on wildlife, which could boost the use of tin in alloys as an alternative.

    The hunting shot market in the EU is fragmented between lead, steel, tungsten and bismuth shot although there is no data detailing the breakdown of each type in the EU. Tin is not used in isolation...