Southeast Asia Tin Research and Development Centre (SEATRADC)

Centre pour le recherche et le développement de l'étain dans l'Asie du Sud-Est
Centro para la Investigación y el Desarrollo del Estaño en Asia Sudoriental

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28 Apr 1977, on signature of an agreement by the Governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as a special body under the aegis of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Agreement entered into force 10 Feb 1978. Centre operational early 1979. Statutes registered in 'UNTS 1/16434'. Dissolved 1 Jan 1995.


Promote, conduct and coordinate research and training in exploration, evaluation, mining, mineral processing and smelting of tin in member countries; collect, collate and publish statistics and data of importance for the continued prosperity of the tin mining industry; increase technological knowledge within the industry by establishing training courses, promoting lectures, symposia, on-the-job and other means of training and development of personnel within the mining sector of member countries; provide advisory services and carry out commissions on the study of scientific, technological and economic aspects of development of the tin industry.

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Research and development programmes (35): Improved method of ore reserve calculation for detrital tin deposits; Geostatistics; Methodological approach to exploration for primary deposits of tin and associated elements; District analysis; Mineral distribution study for cassiterite and associated heavy minerals; Geological investigation of tin and associated minerals; Development and drilling technique for deep-seated placer deposits; Mineralogical study of complex tin ores; Study of slurry pump system and optimization of gravel pumping and lorry transportation; Computer application for exploration, mining and mineral processing; Beneficiation of complex tin ores by fuming; Process control of treatment plant operations; Plant control; Optimization in beneficiation of economic mineral associated with tin; Overview of current mineral processing practice; Geochemical study of granitoids as a tool for the exploration of tin deposits; Review and evaluation of SEATRAD Centre's geostatistical programme; Control strategies on radiological hazards in relation to heavy mineral processing; Review of on-going dredging operations in Southeast Asia; Overview of offshore and onshore dredging in the member countries with the view to identify environmental problems; Overview of radioactivity problems in relation to recovery of by-products of tin-mining; Investigation of tin-iron mineralization in the Southeast Asian tin province; Study of conceptual design problems and engineering alternatives of dredges in the extraction of deep-seated placers; Economic evaluation of opencast tin mining in Southeast Asia; Mining method of tin deposits in the tidal zone; Standardization of central washing plant; Optimization of tin assay in pre-concentrate of a production unit, in conjunction to the tin-shed treatment; Improvement of the tin processing on dredges; Economic evaluation of open-cast tin-mining in Southeast Asia; Study on problems and engineering alternatives of dredges in the extraction of deep-seated placers; Extraction of ilmenite-struverite-magnetic tin middlings by hydrometallurgical approaches; Compilation of earth science map relevant to the tin industry in Southeast Asia; Establishment of a management information system unit; Geological investigation of tin-gold mineralization in the Southeast Asian tin belt; Investigation of tin-iron mineralization in the Southeast Asian tin province; Preparation of reference materials - among minerals and tin containing samples, for chemical analysis. Organizes: seminars on related topics of interest to the tin industry; workshops and group training programmes; in-service training programme.


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Relations with 5 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 2 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Fundamental Sciences
    • Metallic Elements and Alloys
  • Industry
    • Mining
    • Manufacturing Processes
    • Iron, Steel
  • Research, Standards
    • Research
  • Development
    • Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality Education



Last News Received

5. Jul 1994
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