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...

Fires lit at Yunnan Tin’s new smelter

Yunnan Tin, one of the world’s most significant refined tin producers – and China’s largest – began commissioning its new smelter last Thursday. In July 2013, the company announced that it would move its main smelting facility from the centre...

YTC reports increased profits despite lower production in 2019

According to its 2019 annual report, Yunnan Tin Co. (YTC) increased its profit last year despite lower refined tin production. The company plans to improve both in 2020. YTC final audited numbers show that it produced 72,600 tonnes of refined tin in 2019, along with...

China supply chain becoming top heavy?

Following the first round a week ago, ITA conducted a second survey of Chinese companies. Most companies in the tin supply chain have resumed production following the coronavirus outbreak. Further downstream, companies are still struggling to return to work. Upstream,...

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...

YTC-Minmetals merger falls through

China Minmetals will no longer take over Yunnan Tin Group (YTG), which owns the world’s largest tin producer Yunnan Tin Co. (YTC), according to a report to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on Monday.   YTG announced greater cooperation between its major shareholder,...

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...

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...

Potential YTC – Minmetals merger announced

According to local sources, the Yunnan provincial government and China Minmetals are set to finalise a deal that will deepen the ties between the two organisations. This could result in China Minmetals becoming the majority shareholder of the Yunnan Tin Group...

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...