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There is increasing activity in finding and developing new tin mines worldwide. The ITRI Explorers & Developers Group brings together some of the leading companies in the next generation of tin producers which will be contributing new sustainable sources of supply to the market.
Tinplate is a significant tin using industry, globally the second largest user of tin that has a long history of support from ITRI. This Tinplate Network website aims to create an open tinplate community where members can connect with other people from the industry to ask questions, exchange information, highlight key events and read about the latest news. Further opportunities to get more involved in specific projects & meeting discussions and to gain access to privileged information are available through our Tinplate Group membership scheme.
The tin chemicals sector is one of the fastest growing areas of tin consumption, covering a very wide range of end applications. ITRI has had a close relationship with the global tin chemicals industry for over 50 years and has made significant contributions to key developments in the field. In addition to providing technical and market information, ITRI’s modern and well equipped laboratories are available for routine analysis and testing, and for more extensive research programmes.
Tin has a number of important uses in alloys or alloy coatings. Examples are engine bearings, bronzes and fuel tank linings. Tin-zinc coatings are particularly corrosion- resistant. It is also sometimes used as a pure metal, most notably in the float glass process, where molten glass floats on molten tin to make it flat. Amongst the metals tin has the highest heat capacity and can be used, for example, in cooling nuclear fusion reactors.
iTSCi is a joint industry programme of traceability and due diligence designed to address concerns over 'conflict minerals' such as cassiterite from central Africa. The iTSCi system aims to meet the needs of companies wishing to maintain trade with responsible supply chain actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries, as well as to meet due diligence expectations of the international community in terms of guidance from the UN, OECD and national laws such as the Dodd Frank Act in the US. We aim to encourage progressive improvement in the cassiterite and other conflict mineral sectors as well as sustainable production and economic development in the longer term.
ITRI has been responsible for the sound formation, and management, of the REACH Tin Metal Consortium. While members of the Consortium demonstrated REACH compliance, following registration in 2010, ITRI continues to maintain an up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of REACH requirements and holds an extensive set of tin-related data.
ITRI is working to establish the long term sustainability of the tin industry globally and has a number of on-going activities designed to promote the safe and responsible production, use, re-use and recycling of the metal and its inorganic compounds. The high proportion of artisanal mine production in the tin industry presents unique challenges and projects on sustainable production therefore look at a combination of key social, economic and environmental impacts in addition to e.g. energy use. Other investigations on recycling rate of tin, and possible new recovery technologies, aim to promote more efficient use of natural resources. While regular surveys of tin uses and stock levels helps us understand issues of sustainability in the supply chain. Together with our work on REACH, other activities also help improve the scientific understanding of interaction of tin with humans and the environment.
ITRI keeps a watching brief on emerging legislative issues relating to all parts of the tin industry both to support tin producers, and users, worldwide and to help defend current markets and support future application. Information on key developments is disseminated on this part of the website and via network specific member reports.