Boardroom Media Interview conducted by Bill Gair
Special Report: With some of Australia’s best assets, Stellar Resources (ASX:SRZ) is well
placed to take advantage of tin’s resurgence.
Right now, tin is the glue that holds things together.
Tin production is mainly used as a solder component for electronic circuit boards and
microchips, which accounts for about half of its global consumption.
But it could become so much more…….
“The main focus for tin is in the positive anode electrode of lithium ion batteries, usually made today
from graphite on a copper foil. Next generation products are already adding silicon into the graphite
to increase capacity. Some will probably use tin, either as an alternative or in addition to enhance
silicon performance. For example, China’s largest electric vehicle producer, BYD, recently patented
a tin-cobalt-carbon technology for anodes”
International Tin Association article published by Australian Resource Investment
The top 10 global producers of refined tin showed a 2.4% reduction in aggregate production in 2016 to 218,165t according to the International Tin Research Institute (ITRI). Their share of the global market also declined marginally from 67% in 2015 to 65% in 2016. The top 4 Chinese producers account for just over 50% of top 10 production and managed a 1% increase in 2016 with the help of imports from Myanmar covering a decline in domestic raw material supply.