Tin mining in Myanmar: Production and potential

Nicholas J. Gardiner*, John P. Sykes, Allan Trench, Laurence J. Robb

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In 2014, Myanmar (Burma) confounded industry analysts by emerging to become the World's third biggest tin producer, experiencing a 5-year tin production increase of ca. 4900%. This surprise emergence of Myanmar as a major tin producer is a possible Black Swan event that potentially has significant repercussions both for the future of global tin production, and for the economic development of Myanmar. This is a disruptive event that has likely contributed to a substantial drop in tin prices in 2015. The Myanmar production increase came from a new mine site in Wa State, and not from the traditional tin-producing areas in the South. We discuss tin mining and potential in Myanmar and consider whether it could provide a foundation for the economic rehabilitation of the country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-233
Number of pages15
JournalResources Policy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • Cassiterite Sn production
  • China - Yunnan
  • Dawei-Tavoy
  • Man Maw
  • Myanmar - Burma
  • Tin Mining


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