Tin Mining

Tin is an element best known for its use in tin cans. This metal is used to prevent corrosion and to produce glass. It’s most often found mixed, or alloyed, with other metals.

The most important use of tin is to make bronze – an alloy of copper and tin or other metals. Tin is a soft, pliable, silvery-white metal. It is stable in air and water but reactive to acids and bases. Tin is used as a coating for other metals and in alloys, such as solder, pewter and bronze. Tin compounds sprayed onto glass produce an electrically conductive coating.Tin is also used in polymer additives, mordants for dyeing, and anti-fouling paints for ship’s hulls. Tin resists corrosion, making it an ideal covering for relatively cheap steel.