Tin is a silver-white metal that is soft, ductile and malleable. Due to this flexibility, tin can be molded and stretched into a variety of shapes without cracking. Tin is also considered to be non-toxic, conductive and resistant to corrosion. These physical attributes make the use of tin plating very prevalent in the food processing, electronics and shipping industries. In addition, there are several other features that make tin an attractive option for industrial manufactures including:
Tin does more than just shield other metals. As a soft metal it also provides a good, clean, low constriction-resistance contact surface. In other words, Tin creates an optimal surface for conducting electrical currents.