Learn About Tin

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  • Supply rationalisation is driving a recovery in the LME tin price
  • No significant investment in new tin mines or exploration for tin
  • Tin is an energy metal – new uses emerging in energy capture and storage
  • Traditional uses (solder, tin plate and chemicals) returning to growth
  • Significant market deficit forecast for 2016 and 2017

  • Global market of 340,000 tonnes of refined tin valued at US$6.8bn
  • 47% of tin is consumed as lead-free solder by the consumer electronics industry
  • Tin chemicals, the second largest end-use with 16% of the market, has the fastest growth
  • China, at 44%, is the largest consuming country followed by other Asia at 25%
  • Global mine supply is 275,000 tonnes with recycled tin accounting for another 62,000 tonnes
  • China is the largest miner of tin at 32% and the largest producer of refined tin at 48%

Global Refined Tin Market

Map of Global Tin Market Production

Country TIN
China 88Kt
Indonesia 66Kt
Myanmar 42Kt
Bolivia 20Kt
Peru 20Kt
Brazil 12Kt
Africa 9Kt
Australia 7Kt
Indonesia Tin Export Decline
Myanmar – Export Plateau
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