YTC announce smelter maintenance

The world’s largest refined tin producer, Yunnan Tin Co. (YTC), has announced that its Ausmelt smelter will enter scheduled maintenance starting from 21 October. In 2018, YTC produced some 78,000 tonnes of refined tin, making it the world’s largest refined...

Falling tin prices prompt Chinese smelters to reduce production

With low tin prices on both the London and Shanghai trading houses, Chinese miners are struggling to generate a profit, resulting in lower production of tin concentrate. Combined with mine closures earlier in the year, smelters in the country are finding it difficult...

ITRI study reveals global smelting overcapacity

Data gathered by ITRI reveals estimated global primary tin smelting feed capacity of 1,080,000 tonnes, with refined tin production capacity of 633,000 tonnes. Clear tin smelting overcapacity is shown by average utilisation rates in 2015 calculated at 47%, rising to...

The top 10 refined tin producers of 2015

ITRI reports that nine of the top ten refined tin producers saw a fall in production in 2015, including all of the big four companies. All Chinese companies in the top ten saw refined production fall in 2015. Despite the continuing increase in supply of tin ore and...

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...

The top 10 refined tin producers of 2014

ITRI reports that eight of the top ten refined tin producers increased production in 2014, including all of the big four companies. The companies included in the 2014 ‘top ten’ producers table remains the same as the previous year. One of two notable...