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%...

Myanmar ore shipments remain at low levels

According to the latest Customs data, China 17,884 tonnes of tin ore and concentrate in November 2018, 17,398 tonnes of which was imported from Myanmar. The tin content of ore imports from Myanmar was estimated at some 4,000 tonnes in November, down 45% from a year...

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...