Tinplate consists of sheets of steel, coated with a thin layer of tin. Before the advent of
cheap milled steel the backing metal was iron. While once more widely used, the primary use
of tinplate now is the manufacture of tin cans.The primary use of tinplate is the manufacture
of tin cans in which foods and numerous other products are packed, as well as for household
utensils of various kinds.Tin has many strengths making it a desirable choice due to its
Fretting, which means surface to surface corrosion.
Environmental, which refers to sulfur bearing environments that cause tin to tarnish.
Decent contact resistance and excellent solderability.
Potential for mirrors like aesthetic.
Flexibility to use matte tin plating to achieve a dull finish, or bright tin plating when a shinier finish is required
No known toxicity to life on Earth.
Tin plating is the lowest cost choice as compared to its rivals up the food chain such as silver plating and gold plating.