This year saw some significant changes to the ‘top ten’ producers table, with PT Timah replacing Yunnan Tin Co. as the world’s largest producer of refined tin.
The International Tin Association compiles data on the world’s refined tin producers, presented annually. In 2019, we found that some 334,400 tonnes of refined tin was produced, down 6.6% on 2018. Just ten major smelters produced over 75% of this material. The group produced 14% more refined tin last year than in 2018 due to the significant increase in PT Timah’s production.
In China, smelters enforced the announced production cuts; refined tin production in the country fell nearly 11%. Production at Yunnan Tin – now the world’s second largest tin producer – declined by over 7%. Yunnan Chengfeng (5th) and Guangxi China Tin (9th) reduced output by nearly 17% and 11%, respectively.