At the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference, corporate advisory firm Hallagarten & Co’s principal and mining strategist, Chris Eccleson, spoke of how tin’s muted performance in 2014 obscured the potential for price rises and robust margins in the coming years. Eccleson revealed that most commentators and market participants believed that current prices represented a trough, and concluded that “overall, we have things set up for a pretty bullish-looking scenario in tin for the next few years.”
Discussing the global tin market, Eccleson noted how Indonesia, Malaysia and China were currently closed markets, and Bolivia and Burma were attached with high political risks. He said that there had been some interest in the old Australian regions, which is positive news for developers and explorers such as Stellar Resources.
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The Australian’s Robin Bromby writes of significant upheaval for exploration companies in the Australian tin mining sector as fresh funds appear to be flowing. The current situation is especially beneficial for the major players in trade, allowing them to continue financing mining exploration globally. A significant pick-up in tin exploration is expected by the June quarter, although the present market is tougher than in the late 1990s.
Meanwhile, French leading mining companies are actively pushing their interests in Francophone African countries trying to elbow out foreign multinationals.
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