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Indonesian Tin Smelters Face Credit Squeeze over Shipment Failures
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Rabat - Coinciding with the opening of its embassy in Morocco, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has announced the appointment of its first resident ambassador to Morocco, Berenice Owen-Jones.
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $31.0 billion for the month of November 2016, an increase of 7.4 percent compared to the November 2015 total of $28.9 billion and 2.0 percent more than the October 2016 total of 30.4 billion.
The World Bank Report "Doing Business 2017" ranked Morocco at the 68th place among 190 economies, which puts the Kingdom at the top of North African countries, 3rd at the African level and 4th in the MENA region.
Based on a recent visit to the area by ITRI China staff, it appears that Myanmar tin production is peaking at some 50,000 tpy, although there is still significant potential for the discovery of new ore resources.
China could ramp up imports of refined tin as a string of environmental inspections at smelters in the world's top producer of the metal curbs local output.
Recent progress has shown that low-temperature processed tin oxide (SnO2) is an excellent electron selective layer (ESL) material for fabricating highly efficient organic-inorganic metal-halide perovskite solar cells with the planar cell structure.
Poor battery life and the need to recharge smart phones often remain a huge pain for consumers. Help could be on the way. Researchers at the Washington State University said Wednesday they have figured out how pack more energy into a lithium-ion battery and boost the rate of charging it.
King Mohammed VI has launched a new investment plan boosting the role of the private sector and setting up the necessary conditions to spur sustainable economic growth in the North African Kingdom.
Trading house Toyota Tsusho plans to merge two wholly owned subsidiaries to create Japan's largest semiconductor trading company by sales.
The Conflict-Free Smelter Programme (CFSP) is undergoing a protocol revision process this year, including expanding the geographic scope of "conflict-affected and high-risk areas" to cover areas beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries.
Markets are unpredictable. Picking a bottom is a difficult task as things can change quickly. However, for the first time since 2011, we are seeing enough positive signals to believe industrial metals might have bottomed out.
Indonesia's state-owned tin miner PT Timah saw a 40 percent drop in refined tin production to 4,205 tonnes in the first quarter from 7,057 tonnes in the same period a year earlier, the company said in a statement on Thursday, amid declining output of tin ore.
Touching back on our reference to energy storage, one of the technologies that has created the demand for storage more than most is solar panels. The cost has come down and the efficiency has gone up with silicon crystalline photovoltaic panels to the extent that they can operate without subsidy in southern states. But although costs have fallen, the smart money believes it has much further to go...and tin could be the key.
Here's an amazing figure: there are around 8,000 research and development publications issued each year on tin - and the major theme is the metal's use in energy.
The linked presentation from ITRI was presented at PDAC on 8 March 2016.
Smart phones, cars and a prolonged mining slump are creating tighter supplies of tin, a metal used mostly as solder for electrical circuits.
The Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies ranked Morocco as the "most attractive" African country for mining investments on Wednesday.
Tin was the strongest base metal in February. After hitting a new six-year low in mid-January, the metal has bounced back up like a tennis ball. Indeed, since January 15th tin has risen more than 20% and many would consider this a bull market.
Morocco has ranked high among the list of "safest countries in the world", alongside European and North American nations, according to the British Foreign Office (FCO) classification of 2015.
Tin is defying the downdraft sweeping commodity markets, with prices for the metal used to solder electronics surging this year thanks to reduced production in major exporter Indonesia.
Major Indonesian tin smelter PT Refined Bangka Tin (RBT) has stopped refining operations and its plant will be scrapped due to environmental concerns, a company shareholder told Reuters.
The exit of privately-owned RBT from the market could provide some support to global tin prices as falling shipments from Indonesia, the world's largest exporter of the soldering material, take a further hit.