Lessons from Shanghai: China’s booming demand for lead-acid batteries good news for the tin industry

Last month Stellar Resources presented at the 2015 International Tin Forum in Shanghai, one of the biggest industry events of the year.

During the Forum there were many interesting and uplifting presentations from tin professionals and experts, including Tianneng Power, one of the two leading Chinese motive battery producers.

In a detailed presentation, Tianneng Power forecast that China’s lead-acid battery industry – which uses tin to reduce corrosion and increase battery life – will rapidly grow over the next few years. The lead-acid battery is the oldest and one of the most trustworthy types of rechargeable battery, and its large power-to-weight ratio and low cost makes it an attractive prospect for use in electric vehicles – an industry which is booming in the Far East.

Tianneng revealed that battery production in China has risen by 55% in the last three years, attributing this surge to the country’s demand for clean power and travel. Ownership of e-bikes for example, which use lead-acid batteries, has now reached a huge 190 million in China; with 30 million being sold last year alone. The ownership of four-wheeled electric vehicles, also powered by lead-acid batteries, has increased as well: doubling to 400,000 in the last two years.

It’s not just clean vehicles that the Chinese are seeking either – but clean energy as well.

In its presentation Tianneng explained how lead-acid industrial batteries are used to store solar and wind-generated power. As the demand for renewable energy is increasing in China, so is the use and production of tin and the lead-acid industrial battery.

Concluding its presentation, Tianneng predicted that the use of tin in the lead-acid battery industry could increase from almost 12,000 tonnes in 2014 to 17,600 in 2018. This is exciting and positive news for Australian tin explorers and developers such as Stellar Resources, with a premium location giving easy-access to the Chinese market.

Source: Tianneng Power presentation, 2015 ITRI International Tin Forum
Source: Tianneng Power presentation, 2015 ITRI International Tin Forum

World’s Biggest Tin Exporter Cuts Output

The largest tin producer in Indonesia, which is the world’s top exporter, is cutting output by as much as 50 per cent. PT Timah will produce 1,500 metric tons to 2,000 tons of refined tin a month starting in April, below this year’s target of 2,000 tons to 3,000 tons.

In a report for Bloomberg, Yoga Rusmana and Dwi Sadmoko write that tin is “used in everything from cans to smartphones”, but PT Timah is seeking to stem the decline in price of the metal by restricting output while the Indonesian government tightens export and trading rules to limit shipments.

As producers cut back, the price of tin is expected to rise, which is good news for developers and explorers such as Stellar Resources. With further disruptions and restrictions to the Indonesian tin market, developers and explorers in stable countries such as Australia could receive more good news as buyers hunt for long-term stable supplies of tin.

To read the full article please visit: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-22/world-s-biggest-tin-exporter-cuts-output-after-price-rout

It might be tin but it’s a Stellar opportunity

Resource Stocks’ Andrew Mole writes of Stellar Resources’ shift of focus from iron ore to tin as tin industry is where the company sees its future. Its biggest tin project, Heemskirk, contains the highest-grade tin in Australia and has an excellent exploration potential. To confirm the full potential of the project, the company will conduct a pre-feasibility study which is expected to be completed in 2013.

While Stellar is mainly focused on Tasmania and tin, it continues working on other exploration projects, including Tarcoola iron ore project in South Australia and uranium deposit next to Tarcoola.

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