Chinese export window closes as ore imports continue decline

China’s import of tin concentrate continued to fall in May relative to last year as mine production in Myanmar continues to decline, while refined tin exports also fell due to a shrinking arbitrage between the Shanghai and London-based metals exchanges. Customs...

Potential YTC – Minmetals merger announced

According to local sources, the Yunnan provincial government and China Minmetals are set to finalise a deal that will deepen the ties between the two organisations. This could result in China Minmetals becoming the majority shareholder of the Yunnan Tin Group...

LME considering China expansion

According to sources at LME Asia Week in Hong Kong, the LME are in talks with the officials in the Guangdong province of China to open a new warehouse. LME warehouses have near-total coverage of the major tin-using countries and regions, and currently, Asia is served...

China refined tin exports rise despite restricted Myanmar supply

According to the latest customs statistics, China’s tin ore and concentrate imports in March 2019 totalled 13,056 tonnes, of which 92% originated from Myanmar. We estimate that the tin content of shipments from Myanmar in March was 3,100 tonnes, up 244% month-on-month...

Tin consumption exceeds expectations in 2018

Tin consumption in 2018 was stronger than previously anticipated, according to year-end data. Despite a positive start to the year, expectations were revised downwards following the US-China trade tensions and poor macroeconomic data. However, based on the most recent...

Myanmar: January ore shipments down 36% year-on-year

China’s imports of tin ores and concentrates totalled 30,719 tonnes in January, with 29,389 tonnes from Myanmar, according to the latest official customs statistics. The estimated tin content of shipments from Myanmar in January was 7,100 tonnes, up 48%...

China mine production impacted by Baiyinchagan accident

At around 8:20 am on February 23, a commuter bus carrying mine workers from the Baiyinchagan mine in Inner Mongolia, China, lost control on the auxiliary slope of the mine. The bus crashed in the main mine roadway after the brakes failed to stop the vehicle, killing...

Top 10 refined tin producers increase production by 2%

ITA reports that four of this year’s top 10 refined tin producers saw an increase in production in 2018, including three of the five biggest companies. In China, production changes were split, although the world’s largest refined tin producer, YTC, saw an...

December Myanmar ore shipments down sharply year-on-year

According to the latest customs statistics, China’s tin ore and concentrate imports in December 2018 totalled 18,162 tonnes, 17,667 tonnes of which originated from Myanmar. We estimate that the tin content of shipments from Myanmar in December was 4,800 tonnes, up 20%...