Ganzhou Kaiyuan announces smelter maintenance

Ganzhou Kaiyuan is the latest Chinese tin smelter to announce annual maintenance. In an announcement published on 20 June, the company said that considering the state of the smelting equipment, it would replace the furnace bricks and complete maintenance on its...

Producers pull back as Chinese price plunges

Smelters in China will reduce their output over the next month due to a combination of scheduled maintenance and lower tin prices. Smelters are continuous operations, constantly purchasing tin concentrate and selling refined tin. In much of the world, producers hedge...

Myanmar exports drop on major port closure

Chinese imports of tin ores and concentrates from neighbouring Myanmar dropped considerably in April as the closure of a major port prevented trade. China imported some 15,811 tonnes of ores and concentrates in April according to the latest customs data. Some 60% of...

Yunnan Hualian mine closes on COVID risk

Yunnan Tin Co., the world’s largest tin producer, has been forced to temporarily cease operations at one of its mines. Mining at the company’s Yunnan Hualian Zinc and Indium Co. subsidiary ceased on 18 April to comply with the local government’s...

High China price sees import surge

The latest customs data from China indicates that the country imported significant quantities of tin during March, likely because of the high local price. China imported some 28,986 tonnes of tin ores and concentrates (gross weight) in March 2022. This material was...

China’s concentrate imports spike as backlog clears

Imports of tin ores and concentrates into China jumped significantly in January as a backlog of deliveries from the end of 2021 was cleared. The gross weight of imports into China totalled some 39,989 tonnes in January 2022, some 200% higher than in December 2021....

COVID outbreak disrupts Chinese smelters’ tin supply

Tin trade between China and Myanmar is set to be disrupted again after two new COVID cases were confirmed in Panghsang, Myanmar. Tin production in the Man Maw area of Myanmar, one of the most significant areas in the world, passes through the city of Panghsang on its...

China Tin to undergo routine maintenance

Guangxi China Tin Group has halted production at its Laibin smelter, according to ITA intelligence. The company began the shutdown procedure on February 10 in order to carry out routine maintenance. ITA understands that the refractory bricks will be replaced during...

Kaimeng maintenance tightens Chinese tin supply

Local sources indicate that Gejiu Kaimeng has begun routine maintenance on its tin smelter. The company, that’s full name is Gejiu Kaimeng Industry and Trade Co., Ltd, is one of the many smelters in Gejiu, Yunnan province, China. The smelter currently produces...

Myanmar outlook falls despite strong October

Despite strong exports to China in October, the outlook for tin supply from Myanmar is weakening due to another outbreak of COVID-19. The latest data from China’s customs office suggests that the country imported some 6,000 tonnes of tin-in-concentrate in October, up...