The Alchemist, Issue 24: Tin has a long history in our civilisation; it was used in the Bronze Age for its corrosion-resistant properties, and more recently for tin plating, tin cans and — especially — solder, which is its dominant application.
The period between the early 1980s and early 2000s saw a decline in the price of tin, and subsequent under investment in the sector. As projects were shelved due to the 2008/09 GFC and the uncertainty that followed, the current strong demand for tin is being faced with decreased sources of supply. The Alchemist predicts that the value of tin will surge as a steady increase in demand will face supply shortfalls.
This issue of The Alchemist looks at the properties of tin, where it is sourced, expected change in its supply, and its use in new technologies.