Indonesian tin exports low in November

Indonesian tin exports in November amounted to 4,892 tonnes, some 25% lower than in the previous month, according to preliminary figures released by the trade ministry today. The cumulative tonnage for the first eleven months of the year is 57,508 tonnes, down by 18% compared to January-November 2015.

The latest figures are based on pre-shipment checks made by surveying companies and include a small quantity of tin solder, as well as refined metal ingots. They are consistent with the November trading volume on the ICDX, through which all refined tin export sales must be conducted, of 4,175 tonnes.

Source: ITRI

ITRI View: Activity on the ICDX was subdued in early November as a result of rule changes which required buyers to pay in full for purchases via the exchange clearing house, whereas previously cash settlements were made directly between buyers and sellers. However, volumes have since recovered and we believe that higher prices are resulting in increased small-scale mining activity. Our latest estimate of Indonesian refined tin production this year is 66,400t, up by 1,000t on 2015.

Confidence returning to mining in Tasmania

Mineral exploration spending remains weak in Tasmania, but Resources Minister Guy Barnett says  confidence is returning to mining.Exploration spending fell slightly to $3.2 million in the September quarter, Australian Bureau of Statistics trend terms figures showed.

HELPING HAND: Resources Minister Guy Barnett inspects core samples with Stellar Resources geologist and project manager Ray Hazeldene, at Zeehan.

HELPING HAND: Resources Minister Guy Barnett inspects core samples with Stellar Resources geologist and project manager Ray Hazeldene, at Zeehan.

That took the annual spend to $12.9 million; well down on the $16.6 million spent in the year to the end of September 2015, and less than a third of the $39.2 million spent in the year to the end of September 2013. National spending increased by 1 per cent in the quarter, seasonally adjusted.

“Confidence is returning to the Tasmanian mining industry as world commodity prices recover and companies look to progress several exciting projects,” Mr Barnett said. He said there was an air of optimism at an Australian Mines and Metals Association gathering at Strahan on Friday.

He also visited Stellar Resources Limited, which hopes to mine tin near Zeehan.

“I was pleased to speak to the local mining industry about the Liberal government’s investment in strengthening our support of this critical sector, which employs about 3000 Tasmanians,” Mr Barnett said.

“The potential is enormous, and it is great to hear that the company will now be applying for a mining lease and setting out to gain all necessary approvals,” Mr Barnett said.

“Together with PYBAR’s work to restart Henty and MMG’s announced sale of the Avebury mine, there is more and more positive news in the industry.

“Most importantly, as we are seeing at Henty, and we hope at Avebury and at potential new mines such as Stellar, this is an industry that can create direct and indirect jobs for a great many Tasmanians.”

Source: Sean Ford, The Advocate Newspaper

Leading Tin Producers Share Positive Industry Outlook

Leading tin producers share positive industry outlook – ITRI Asian Tin Week

Monday, 28 November 2016

The heads of the world’s two largest producing tin mining companies, Yunnan Tin Group General Manager, Mr Li Gang, and PT Timah President Director, M. Riza Pahlevi Tabrani, responded positively to questions on price, demand and sustainability during the Leaders Discussion at the ITRI Asia Tin Summit in Shanghai last week. The panel was chaired by Deputy Bureau Chief of the Financial Times Beijing, Lucy Hornby, with Chief Sales Officer for Metallo Chimique, Inge Hofkens, and ITRI’s David Bishop and Peter Kettle also present as guest panellists.

The panel was generally bullish on the outlook for tin prices next year, although Mr Li commented that other input prices such as energy were also rising, putting upward pressure on YTC’s production costs. Mr Tabrani spoke about PT Timah’s plans for new processing facilities, mining vessels and development of borehole mining, which would help sustain production in the future. Inge Hofkens commented that as a secondary tin smelter, Metallo Chimique’s position was generally neutral on price, as the cost of scrap is benchmarked to the LME price. Both Li Gang and David Bishop expressed hopes for less volatility in the tin price moving forwards and a price level that is healthy for both producers and consumers.

The panel was generally optimistic about long term tin demand prospects, noting the potential from new energy applications and further electronics growth. It was noted that efficiency and recyclability were major drivers for new tin product development, with higher tin prices likely to encourage the development of new technologies for the recycling of tin.

When questioned about the impact of the tin industry on the environment, Mr Tabrani noted that PT Timah was committed to green mining and fully engaged with the development of the ITRI Code of Conduct, due to be implemented in 2017. Mr Li also expressed YTC’s strong support for the Code. The panel recognised that improving practices and reporting would incur additional cost, but that this could be offset by careful management of operating cost and efficiency improvements. Mr Li also stressed that it was important for leading tin companies to help small-scale miners by encouraging progressive improvement of their working practices.

Source: ITRI