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To those interested in tin it is well known that the largest single use for the metal is in the tin-plate industry, and judging from Bureau of Mines reports, it appears that under normal circumstances it should be expected that some 40 per cent of the tin consumed in this country will be used for this purpose. In the past thirteen years it also appears that roughly 70 per cent of the tin mill products (tin, terne, and black plate) produced in the United States has been consumed in the form of metal cans. The container industry and its customer thus indirectly become the consumers most concerned with this use of tin. The remaining 30 per cent of the tin mill products are accounted for by exports, crown caps or other closures, and a miscellany of items such as tinware, gas meters, and signs.
Hartwell, R. R.
Assistant to Manager, American Can Co., Maywood, Ill.