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Tin's problem - too little, not too much supply

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Indonesian tin smelters face credit squeeze over shipment failures

Indonesian Tin Smelters Face Credit Squeeze over Shipment Failures

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Australia Names First Resident Ambassador to Morocco

Source: Morocco World News

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.

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Global Semiconductor Sales Up 7 Percent Year-to-Year

Source: Semiconductor Industry Association

Author: Dan Russo

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.

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Doing Business 2017: Morocco Ranked 1st in North Africa, 4th in MENA

Source: Morocco World News

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.

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Myanmar tin production may have reached peak

Source: ITRI

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.

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Pollution crackdown on China tin producers could spur imports, lift prices

Source: Reuters

Author: Melanie Burton and Ruby Lian

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.

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Low-Temperature Plasma-Enhanced Atomic Layer Desposition of Tin Oxide Electron Selective Layers for Highly Efficient Planar Perovskite Solar Cells

Source: Royal Society of Chemistry

Author: Changlei Wang et al

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.

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Tin: The Secret To Improving Lithium-Ion Battery Life

Source: Forbes

Author: Ucilia Wang

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.

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King Mohammed VI Gives New Momentum To Morocco's Investment Plan

Source: Middle East Confidential

Author: Jaber Ali

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.

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Merger planned to create Japan's biggest chip trader

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

Trading house Toyota Tsusho plans to merge two wholly owned subsidiaries to create Japan's largest semiconductor trading company by sales.

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CFSP will expand scope beyond DRC; may consider Indonesia, Myanmar

Source: MetalBulletin

Author: Claire Hack

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.

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Base Metals On The Rise: The Bounce After a Bear Market Bottom

Source: MetalMiner

Author: Raul de Frutos

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.

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Indonesia's Timah refined tin output down 40 pct in Q1

Source: Reuters

Author: Bernadette Christina Munthe

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.

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Brave, New, Tin World: The Tech Applications for the Metal May be Limitless

Source: MetalMiner

Author: Stuart Burns

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.

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Tech metal update: blackmarket cobalt, flake graphite caution, and tin's energy future

Source: Investor Intel

Author: Robin Bromby

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.

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PDAC ITRI Presentation

Source: ITRI

Author: Peter Kettle, Jeremy Pearce and Tom Mulqueen

The linked presentation from ITRI was presented at PDAC on 8 March 2016.

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Tin gets more expensive as mines quit mining

Soure: The Salt Lake Tribune

Author: Joe De Aux

Smart phones, cars and a prolonged mining slump are creating tighter supplies of tin, a metal used mostly as solder for electrical circuits.

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Morocco Ranks Most Attractive African Country for Mining Investments

Source: Morocco World News

Author: Zainab Calcuttawala

The Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies ranked Morocco as the "most attractive" African country for mining investments on Wednesday.

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Rising Tin: Base Metals' Best Performer in February

Source: MetalMiner

Author: Raul de Frutos

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.

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Morocco Among Safest Countries Worldwide: British Foreign Office

Source: Morocco World News

Author: Karla Dieseldorff

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.

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Tin defies commodity slump on back of Indonesian export cuts

Source: Reuters

Author: Eric Onstad and Melanie Burton

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.

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Major Indonesian tin smelter stops refining operations

Source: Reuters

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.

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