China tin imports decline in January

China imported 1,615 tonnes refined tin in January, according to latest China Customs data. This was less than half of December’s level, and the biggest month-on-month decline of all the base metals. The refined tin imported was mainly from Indonesia and...

Vinto expansion to be completed by H2

The Ausmelt furnace that Bolivia’s Vinto metallurgical complex (EMV) is installing will be up and running in H2, an official from state miner Comibol told BNamericas. “Right now, the last pieces of equipment are being installed and the testing stage is...

Fall in Vinto production

Tin output from Bolivian state producer Empresa Metalúrgica Vinto (EMV) declined to 10,965 tonnes in 2011, compared to 11,516 tonnes in 2010, though sales revenue increased, Business News Americas reported, quoting local sources. Despite the lower output, the company...

New minister to oversee Bolivia’s mining boom

Bolivian President Evo Morales replaced his mining and energy ministers on Monday in a cabinet reshuffle, Reuters reported. At the mining ministry, former Potosi provincial governor Mario Virreira will replace Jose Pimentel. Potosi province is home to the famous Cerro...

Vinto and OMSA may treat all Bolivian concentrates

The completion of the expansion project at Bolivia’s Vinto smelter, due next year, will allow the country to treat all tin concentrates produced there. The state-owned company is installing a new Ausmelt furnace which will allow it to produce up to 18,000 tonnes...

Glencore reports solid markets, rising metals production

Commodities giant Glencore International said output across most of its commodity products rose in the third quarter and its marketing activity “remains solid” despite uncertainty in the financial markets, Dow Jones reported. Marketing and trading...

Tin production by Bolivian state companies falls

While Bolivia’s state-owned tin enterprises, EM Huanuni and EM Vinto, have ambitious expansion plans for the next few years, their production has declined a little in the first nine months of this year. Production of tin-in-concentrates at the Huanuni mine fell...