Rwandan smelter gets exploration green light

LuNa Smelter in Rwanda has been awarded eight minerals exploration licenses, part of a $14.4 million investment into the country, as it looks to increase its feedstocks and production. Although much of the mining activity in the country is undertaken by artisanal or...

China’s tin smelters cut production for environmental inspections

Most tin smelters in the Yunnan, Guangxi and Jiangxi provinces of China have suspended or scaled back refined tin production following special environmental inspections by the Chinese government that began on July 19. Environmental inspection teams were sent to eight...

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...