Tinplate is a thin steel sheet coated by tin. It has an extremely beautiful metallic luster as well as excellent properties in corrosion resistance, solder ability, and weld ability. Tinplate is used for making all types of containers such as food cans, beverage cans, 18-liter cans, and artistic cans. Its applications are not limited to containers; recently, tinplate has also been used for making electrical machinery parts and many other products.
Tinplate is an eco-friendly packaging material offering 100 percent recyclability - any number of times, and without quality loss.
Material savings through down-gauging. Tinplate is ideally suited for the drawing and wall ironing (DWI) process used in the production of beverage cans. Reductions to just one-third of the original sheet thickness are feasible (special deep-drawing grades).
Direct printing, embossing and new shaping techniques increase the material's marketing potential: tinplate packaging attracts consumer attention and favorably influences purchasing decisions. As a result, it is increasingly used for packaging up-market or trendy items such as watches, perfumes, and mobile telephone cards.