Chinese smelters cut production in Q4

Chinese tin smelters have been cutting back refined production in Q4 and scheduling maintenance because of a shortage of suitable concentrate. The most significant driver has been a decline in Myanmar’s tin concentrate shipments this year, which account for 40...

China’s tin imports fall month-on-month in October

According to the latest customs data, China imported 13,768 tons of tin ore and concentrate (gross weight) in October 2018, of which 13,387 tons were imported from Myanmar. The tin content of shipments from Myanmar was estimated at 3,300 tons in October, down 11% from...

China ore imports fall sharply in September

According to the latest official China customs data, China imported a gross total of 15,243 tonnes of tin ore and concentrate in September 2018, of which 14,695 tonnes was imported from Myanmar with an estimated tin content of 3,700 tonnes, down by 26% both...

YTC’s smelter maintenance to constrain Chinese supply

Yunnan Tin Company (YTC) has announced that refined tin production will cease from 11 November 2018 while it carries out maintenance on its smelter in Gejiu, Yunnan for a period of up to 50 days. The smelter maintenance period is equivalent to 9,000 tonnes of refined...

China tin processing capacity to be impacted by closures.

A local Chinese government order to relocate existing ore processing plants in Gejiu, Yunnan to a new industrial park is expected to result in a loss of ore processing capacity in the coming months as old plants are forced to close. The Gejiu City Government recently...

China tin concentrate imports exceed expectations in August

According to the latest China Customs figures, Tin contained in imported concentrate in August totalled an estimated 6,000 tonnes, with 5,600 tonnes from Myanmar, up 22% month-on-month and 11% year-on-year. Gross imports of tin concentrate by China totalled 23,171...

Myanmar tin shipments drop to lower levels

The tin content of Myanmar ore and concentrate shipments to China in June and July was estimated by the International Tin Association (ITA) at 4,300 tonnes and 3,700 tonnes respectively, down 19% and 38% year-on-year. The estimated tin content of Myanmar shipments...

Tin output from Inner Mongolia set to expand

A visit to tin operations in the Inner Mongolia region of China by ITA staff at the end of May 2018 has revealed that mine production in the province may reach 17,400 tpy in the next five years, up from 6,500 tonnes in 2017. Inner Mongolia is currently the...

LME approves YUNXIANG brand listing

On May 25th the London Metal Exchange (LME) announced the approval of the YUNXIANG tin brand as a listed LME brand, making it deliverable against the LME Tin contract. The YUNXIANG brand is produced by Gejiu Kaimeng Industry and Trade Co., Ltd., a Chinese tin smelter...

China’s refined tin output up 8% in early 2018

China’s refined tin production totalled 56,800 tonnes between January and April 2018, up by 8% compared to the same period of last year, according to a recent survey carried out by the International Tin Association. The increase in refined production from January to...