The World's Biggest Tin Producers

The world's ten largest refined tin producers

The world's ten largest tin producers accounted for over 240,000 metric tons of the metal in 2012, or approximately 70 percent of global refined tin production. The list below was compiled by the international tin industry association ITRI. Beside each company name is the country where its primary operations are located and its total tin production (tons) in 2012.

Yunnan Tin Group (China) - 69,760

Yunnan Tin Group is the world's largest producer of tin, accounting for approximately 20 percent of global production in 2012. Headquartered in Kunming, China, and with a production capacity of 40,000 tonnes, Yunnan Tin also produces and markets tin-lead solder, anode tin, and tin chemicals. By-product metals refined by the company include platinum group metals, copper, lead, zinc, indium, and bismuth.

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Malaysia Smelting Corporation (Malaysia) - 37,792

The Malaysian Smelting Corporation (MSC) has been producing tin and tin-based products since 1887. Its smelting facility in Butterworth, Malaysia is one of the largest in the world, processing up to 35,000 tonnes of primary and secondary refined tin per year. With tin brands registered on the London Metal Exchange and Kuala Lumpur Tin Market, MSC grades range from 99.85% tin to 99.99% electrolytic tin. The company has public listings in both Malaysia and Singapore.

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PT Timah (Indonesia) - 29,600

PT Timah is the largest state-owned tin producer in the world, with approximately 65 percent of shares held by the government of Indonesia. Established in 1976, the company is the largest integrated tin miner and processor in the country and holds 104 mining licenses throughout the Indonesian Tin Belt. Main products include tin ingots (LME registered), low lead-tin, tin alloys, tin solder and tin chemicals.

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Minsur (Peru) - 25,399

Minsur is Peru's largest tin producer, accounting for about eight percent of total global tin production in 2012. The companies main operations are dependent on the San Rafael Mining Unit, which lays in Puno at an altitude of over 4500 meters above sea level, and is characterized by cassiterite bearing ores with an average grade of 4.75 percent tin. The mine and concentrator plant has a capacity of 2700 metric tonnes per day and 40,000 metric tonnes per year. Smelting and refining occur in Pisco, where high purity tin ingots are produced alongside alloys such as tin-lead, tin-antimony, and tin-copper.

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Thaisarco (Thailand) - 22,847

Thailand Smelting and Refining Co. Ltd. (Thaisarco) was founded in 1963 and is Thailand's largest tin refiner. Based in Phuket, the company produces two LME-registered tin brands, Thaisarco and Phuket, as well as a number of specialty alloys, solders, powders and extruded products. Since 1995, the company has been managed and operated by it majority shareholder Amalgamated Metal Corporation PLC (UK). In 2012, Thaisarco accounted for about seven percent of global tin production.

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Yunnan Chengfeng (China) - 16,600

Based in Gejiu, China, Yunnan Chengfeng Non-Ferrous Metals Co. Ltd. is China's second largest producer of tin products. The company has an annual capacity of up to 20,000 metric tonnes, and its 'Yunheng' brand is LME-registered. Founded in 1994, Yunnan Chengfeng is also involved in the production and sale of indium, silver, gold, lead, bismuth, copper and antimony. In 2012, the company produced 16,600 metric tonnes of tin or about seven percent of total global production.

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Guangxi China Tin (China) - 14,034

Guangxi China Tin Group Co. Ltd. is the largest tin producer in China's Guangxi province, a region that accounts for about 20 percent of China's total tin production. Established in 1946, and based in Liuzhou, the company's main products include tin ingot, tin chemicals, tin alloys and tin powder. In 2012, Guangxi China Tin Group contributed nearly five percent of global tin production.

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Metallo Chimique (Belgium) - 11,350

Metallo Chimique specializes in refining scrap and waste metals via pyro- and hydrometallurgical techniques. The company processes a wide range of non-ferrous metals at their recycling and refining facility in Beerse, Belgium. Initially founded as Antwerp Chemical Works in 1899, Metallo is now a subsidiary of Metallum Holdings S.A. (Luxembourg). Registered on the LME under the brand 'MC,' Metallo Chimique is also involved in the refining of copper, lead, zinc, and nickel. Metallo produces approximately 800 tons of tin ingots per month.

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EM Vinto (Bolivia) - 10,800

Empresa Metalurgica Vinto (EMV) is Bolivia's largest tin producer. The state-owned enterprise accounted for roughly three percent of global tin production in 2012. Based in Oruro, the company was expropriated from Glencore in 2007. In August 2012, ITRI reported that Bolivia's state mining firm Comibol might absorb EM Vinto as part of its restructuring.

Gejiu Zi Li (China) - 7,000

Gejiu Zili Metallurgy is a privately-owned smelter based in Gejiu City, Yunnan, China. Founded in 1993, the company sold a 67 percent stake to Yunnan Tin Group, the world's largest producer, in 2007. In 2012, Gejiu Zili’s tin production dropped 18.6 percent to 7,000 metric tonnes.