FOCUS: Tin concentrator relocation in Yunnan has potential to cause supply outage

Around 30 of 51 tin concentrators in Gejiu city in Yunnan province, China, were ordered to dismantle by October 31, leaving 21 tin concentrators to relocate in December with legitimate operational rights, according to a post from the International Tin Research Institute (ITRI) on October 23.

The 21 tin concentrators, however, are expected to face disruption when releasing capacity after settling into the new mineral processing location in the Northern Industrial Park in Gejiu, which may cause a supply outage in December because the initial factories built outside the Northern Industrial park will be torn down, Fastmarkets MB has learned. The government has given orders for these 21 concentrators to file an application for voluntary teardown by December 20 and then dismantle their concentrators built outside the park by December 21-30. Otherwise, the concentrators outside the park will be forcefully shutdown by the relevant authorities no later than January 15, 2019, the notice said. The current situation and its effects The ITRI estimated that removing the 30 tin concentrators will remove around 1,000 tonnes per month of tin concentrates from the market. The affected volume is equal to around 15% of the nation’s monthly tin output,...

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Violet Li

October 26, 2018

10:45 GMT

Shanghai