Indonesia's PT Timah Tbk (TINS.JK: Quote), the world's biggest integrated tin miner, said on Tuesday it expects to produce 45,000-48,000 tonnes of refined tin this year, down from 49,029 tonnes in 2008, on falling demand.
But production could be even lower than planned if prices continue to fall, Timah spokesman Abrun Abubakar said.
We will see the price situation. We don't want to flood the market because it would push down prices, Abubakar told reporters on the sidelines of a forestry conference.
We plan to produce between 45-48,000 tonnes this year but it could be lower, he said.
The price of tin, used in food packaging and soldering of electronic components, has fallen about 56 percent from an all-time high of $25,500 a tonne hit last May as the global economic crisis hit, although has edged up recently.
The price of tin MSN3 on the London Metal Exchange stood at $11,100/$11,105 a tonne in Asian trade on Tuesday.
But Timah also saw more opportunity to do spot trade as slowing demand has prompted buyers to reduce long term contracts.
Buyers now only seek short-term supply for three months not a full year contract because of slowing demand. We see more opportunity for spot trade as demand is not fixed yet, Abubakar said.
(Reporting by Fitri Wulandari; Editing by Ed Davies)
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