YTC comes out top in difficult year for tin producers

2020 was a difficult year for tin producers. In many countries, the spread of the coronavirus saw lockdown measures that closed smelters and halted production. In total, ITA estimates that 327,200 tonnes of refined tin were produced in 2020. This was a nearly 8% drop...

Minsur increases production in 2020 despite mine closure

New data from the Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines indicates that production at Minsur’s San Rafael mine fell some 3% in November. The monthly Mining Statistics Bulletin (Boletín Estadístico Minero in Spanish) details mine production for all minerals in the...

Minsur results recover from COVID impact

The latest quarterly report from Minsur indicates that the company quickly recovered from the impact of the coronavirus, which closed its operations in the second quarter. The report for the third quarter of 2020 indicates that tin production at San Rafael, the...

Minsur reveals extent of COVID impact

Minsur felt the full impact of COVID-19 during the second quarter, its recent earnings report revealed, with tin production falling over 35%. Combined with lower gold and ferro-alloy output, this saw the company’s revenue fall by some 45%. During the quarter,...

Minsur results positive despite COVID closures

Major tin miner and refiner Minsur has released its results for the first quarter of 2020. The results indicate a relatively positive quarter, despite closures to its Peruvian operations at the end of the period. Ore treatment at the San Rafael-Pisco unit in Peru fell...

COVID-19: Minsur suspends Peruvian operations

Minsur has announced that it will suspend its operations to comply with the Peruvian government’s lock down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) increases, countries and companies are beginning to lock down to...

PT Timah becomes top tin producer

This year saw some significant changes to the ‘top ten’ producers table, with PT Timah replacing Yunnan Tin Co. as the world’s largest producer of refined tin. The International Tin Association compiles data on the world’s refined tin producers, presented...

Asia Tin Week: Medium-term tin market future is positive

ITA held its annual Asia Tin Week event in September, located this year in the city of Xi’an, China. Over 250 delegates gathered at the event to discuss the tin market as well as future applications and sources of tin. The occasion also celebrated the tenth...

Short-lived strike briefly threatens Minsur production

It had the potential to significantly disrupt global tin supply, but the mine worker strike at Minsur’s San Rafael tin mine petered out as quickly as it began. On 30 April, Minsur submitted a filing to the Peruvian stock exchange that mine workers had begun an...

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...