Tinplate products, used as a package for food and chemical products, are currently the major channel of tinplate consumption. With the extension of performance qualities of the products made of tin, these products can not be displaced from the market by cheaper counterparts.
The main characteristics of metal sheet to the leading areas of application are disclosed in the following chart:
From the viewpoint of the CIS market, the term “innovation” applies not only to technology development, but also to the use of tinplate in the fields, where it has been used for a long time, or recently, with production having not been organized in the region at the industrial level yet. Tinplate can be used in different sectors of electronics (electrodes, tinplate screens, wiring boards), construction (partitions, heat exchangers, convector heaters). Due to flexibility and strength, use of tinplate is appropriate in another fields, including car industry, pieces of stage scenery, advertising boards, office materials, garment pieces, etc. In each of the cases a variety of requirements are imposed on tinplate.
Potential consumers of tinplate
Consumption of tin electrolytic tinning in CIS countries in recent years are quite stable. Cyclical market fluctuations downward observed only once – after the 2008 crisis. The most capacious market in the region is Russia. According to experts, its share in total consumption is at a level of 70%. About 20% of the consumption of tin electrolytic tinning here falls to Ukraine. Belarus is the third largest consumer of tin electrolytic tinning in the region. In Belarus, the need for this type of steel is satisfied entirely by the supply of the Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Combine, ArcelorMittal Temirtau and European manufacturers. In the Russia up to 70% of tin electrolytic tinning today is imported from Europe.
The structure of the consumer countries of steel electrolytic tinning in Europe in recent years has not changed significantly. Germany, France and Great Britain are the most active users of steel in its national production. Steel of ThyssenKrupp Stahl, Arcelor Mittal and Tata Steel prevail in supply. Major supplier countries are Germany, France, Holland, UK, Spain, Slovakia. From European producers consumers buy mainly thin steel up to 0.2 mm and special types of steel. European manufacturers operate in more expensive segment than Magnitogorsk Steel and ArcelorMittal. According to experts of the company Metal Expert Consulting, steel electrolytic tinning of European production is on 25-30% more expensive than Russian production.
Significant difference of rolled sheets, supplied from Germany, is due to purchases of specific products. In particular, over the last months, lithography printed chrome-plated rolled sheets and thick-coated rolled sheets were imported from Germany. It should be noted that in the European Union today, about 60% of the consumption of tin sector accounts for food packaging, beer and soft drinks. Tinplate market in the EU is developing steadily.