China refined tin imports drop sharply in May

China refined tin imports dropped 69% from 1,070 tonnes in April to 333 tonnes in May. The May figure also represents a 48% reduction compared to the same month of 2014. Although the arbitrage gap was wider than in April, a lack of market interest and sufficient...

China tin imports boom in April

China tin imports boomed in April 2015, particularly imports of tin concentrates. China tin concentrate imports had declined over 4 months since last December. But the trend was reversed from mid-April, when concentrate imports grew 193% year-on-year and hit...

Tin innovation critical as China’s economy enters new phase

The Yunnan Tin Company (YTC) has highlighted the importance of new tin innovations and smelting technologies to the future of China’s tin industry. YTC General Manager Zhang Fu presented the company’s outlook at the 2015 ITRI China International Tin Forum...

Yunnan Tin stops production for maintenance for 45 days

Yunnan Tin announced that it had stopped production for maintenance at its main smelter in Gejiu from 27th April. It is the second major producer in China to announce a production halt in April. The country’s third largest producer, China Tin, has halted its...

China tin concentrate imports dropped in March

China tin concentrate imports dropped to 16,490t (gross weight) in March according to the latest official customs data released today, with almost 99% of concentrate arriving from Myanmar. Imports have fallen month-on-month in each of the last four months from the...

China Tin announces shut down of its Ausmelt furnace

China Tin – the third largest producer in China – has announced a shut-down of its Ausmelt furnace for maintenance from 16 April for one month. The Ausmelt furnace of China Tin started up in March 2013, with a capacity of 20,000tpy. China Tin produced more than...

Myanmar concentrate imports boost China production

China imported 41,251t tin concentrate (gross weight) in January – February, up by 89% year on year. 96% of the total was from Myanmar. The Chinese Spring Festival was much later this year than normal, and as a result the shipments in February were much bigger than in...

China tin ores and concentrates imports up 50% in 2014

China imported a massive 177,950t (gross weight) of tin ores and concentrates in 2014, of which more than 97% was from Myanmar. ITRI estimates that the tin content of imported ore was around 28,000t, up by 50% compared with 2013. This is by far the highest annual...

Record ore imports boost China tin production

China imported 28,875 tonnes (on a gross-weight basis) tin ores and concentrates in November. This is an all-time high, which exceeded the previous record import month (January 2014) by 9,909t. Almost all of the November imports were sourced from Myanmar. The total...

Shanghai Futures Exchange plans to launch tin contract soon

Shanghai Futures Exchange is moving forward with the launch of a tin contract and has already delivered the application to China Securities Regulatory Commission, Mr. Ye Chunhe, Vice General Manager announced at ITRI China’s Annual Tin Reception in Sanya, Hainan...