In recent years there has been a tendency to slow down the use of tin in the main areas of application — soldering and coatings. In the sector of the lead-acid battery, a fairly confident movement. To date, the Chinese sector uses about 6−7 thousand tons of tin. According to Zhou Zhaoxu, deputy director of «Chaowei Power Co», the leading Chinese manufacturer, the market new energy batteries and there is the prospect of a high enough potential. However, the trend in security and disposal loses compared to lead-acid batteries. On Metallurgical Summit Zhou Zhaoxu said that in the short term replacement of lead-acid batteries lithium batteries and other new planned. The main product will continue to be lead-acid elements.
According to the assumptions of the Shanghai Metals Market analysts sector lead-acid elements takes the fourth place among the leading consumers of tin in China. To date, the lead-acid battery is about 4% of the total tin consumption volume. However, this figure continues to grow. Experts believe that this year the issue of lead-acid batteries will increase by 6.6%.
Meanwhile, according to a recent study, we can conclude a decline of Indonesian tin exports in 2015. In general, the estimated volume will be about 61 thousand. Tonnes. An earlier forecast by the country's Ministry of Commerce assumed the volume of exports at the level of 76 thousand. Tonnes. It is possible that this is not the last drop in exports, given the tightening of control of metal production. Another negative factor of influence on the export of tin serves as a proposal to end offshore oil production activities on the part of the Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries.
In February 2015, it will be reassessed mining. This decision comes from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources for the purpose of determining net production and ongoing violations of the rules. However, representatives of the Association of the country's tin exporters believe that the move will do more harm than good. Deliveries of ore will be reduced. That is not surprising, since most of the Indonesian mines can not be separated into «clean» or «dirty.»