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Symbol: Sn

Atomic Number: 50

Industrial Uses

Tin is a versatile metal with wide-ranging applications. It holds significant importance across various domains. Economically, it is indispensable in industries such as electronics, packaging, construction and automotive. It drives global economic growth by powering the technology of the world.

Tin's unique properties make it essential in electronics, solar panels, batteries, and semiconductors, driving innovation and progress in renewable energy and electronic industries. Socially, tin mining provides employment opportunities and contributes to the socioeconomic development and upliftment of communities.

Tin is a soft, silvery white metal with a bluish tinge, known to the ancients in bronze, an alloy with copper. Tin is widely used for plating steel cans used as food containers; in metals used for bearings, and in solder which is used on the back of every circuit board in just about every electronics device.

a tin can with a small plant growing out of it
a desaturated image of a circuit board

Global Tin Production and Reserves

According to the International Tin Association, proven tin reserves are sufficient to meet global demand until 2070. South Africa no longer produces tin yet demand from industry is high. South Africa is therefore an importer of tin. Rwanda, on the other hand, produces on average 2000 tons of tin annually from small to medium-scale mines. Uganda has significant untapped tin potential.

Tin Sourcing

In order to satisfy the unmet demand for tin by South African industry, Kara Gold sources tin from its associates in Rwanda and Uganda for the South African customer. Our smelting partnership in South Africa allows us to supply clients with 99.2% tin ingot.

CEO in uganda inspecting the Tin purity
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