Stellar in Shanghai for ITRI International Tin Forum

Last month Stellar Resources attended the 2015 ITRI International Tin Forum in Shanghai, billed as the tin world’s main event of the year.

A record 300+ delegates were in attendance with Stellar at the event between 18 – 20 May, including tin miners, smelters, traders, fabricators and consumers from around the world. The Forum offered international attendees a window into the world’s largest tin market, while providing the Chinese industry with a clear view of trends in global supply, demand and prices.

During the Forum Stellar Resources gave a strong presentation informing attendees about its Heemskirk Tin Project, which is the highest grade undeveloped tin project listed on the ASX. Managing Director Peter Blight enthusiastically explained how Stellar’s project is in a premier position in Australia’s most productive tin field, and how they are poised to embark on a DFS for the Heemskirk project this year with PFS optimisation currently well underway.

ITRI also gave a formal presentation on the main day of the Forum which covered a number of the year’s principal issues, such as imports of ore and concentrates from Myanmar, technology changes in the electronics solders business and rapid growth in newer applications like lead-acid batteries.

The Forum’s key topic of interest was the unexpected increase in the 2014 tin mine production and its subsequent role in the fall in the price of tin, particularly in the second half of the year. While production increases were widespread the single biggest impact came from artisanal production in NE Myanmar.

According to the latest statistics, this production may have peaked in January of this year, however ITRI reported a continued, yet modest, increase of 5,000t year on year in 2015. Discussions at the event suggest that despite this, as high cost producers react to weak tin prices, the resultant cuts in refined production elsewhere should more than offset higher production from Myanmar.

Additional presentations at the Forum showed that demand in the tin market is looking stronger than expected, with above trend growth forecast for 2015 after a strong recovery in 2014. This is good news for developers and explorers such as Stellar Resources, who left the Forum with renewed confidence.

To view the presentation Stellar gave at the 2015 ITRI International Tin Forum, please click here.

Tin Deficit in 2014 Seen Lower as Myanmar Ore Supply Gains: ITRI

Bloomberg news has reported a global shortfall of ore supplies, while ore supplies from Myanmar to Chinese smelters have increased.

The deficit has been reported to drop to 7,000mt this year from the estimate of 10,800mt last year. However Myanmar ore output has grown from 20,000mt in 2013 to 25,000mt in 2014, reports ITRI China chief representative, Cui Lin.

The market is expected to remain in deficit in 2014 with Indonesia’s new export policy due to take effect in November. This policy may reduce production during the rest of the year. The low tin price may further curb high-cost production in Indonesia.

This year, China exported an average of 9,000mt of tin in metal, between January and August. During an interview conference in Suzhou, eastern China last week, Cui cited industrial data outlining expectations that exports would fall during the rest of the year, as Chinese prices moved above London Metal Exchange rates.

Indonesia is the largest shipper of tin, with China its biggest consumer.