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Tin Packaging

Informative, interesting and well-written articles and frequently asked questions regarding Tin Packaging, Promotional Tins, Tin Can Lids, Money Boxes, Tin Boxes & more.

Here you will find expert written, informative, unique questions and answers pertaining to the Tin Packaging industry, canning, tin can closures and lids, tin preservation processes, gifting, design and assembly of tin boxes. We have been SA’s leading tin manufacturer and supplier of custom tin packaging for over 24 years.

We know everything there is to know regarding tin packaging, the value it brings to your brand and how to package products effectively. We now bring this knowledge and expertise to you, so you can also understand everything there is to know. So here you have it, everything you need to know – all in one page – a comprehensive tin packaging knowledge base.

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What is a Slip Lid?2019-01-28T12:36:30+00:00

What is a Slip Lid Cover?

Also known as slip top cans or ointment cans, slip cover cans are versatile containers constructed from a single piece of tin. They can be used for a variety of applications including packaging for candles, food, cosmetics, body care, industrial wax, inks, petroleum products and more. Slip cover cans have a three piece construction consisting of a cover, body and a seamed on end. The industrial metal tins are a cost efficient solution without sacrificing functionality in metal packaging.

Common uses are: auto body filler packaging, confections, cosmetics, dry mix, industrial wax, tea tins and ink cans.

Not for use with liquids.

Co4 84x57x25mm-Custom Mini Oval Canister
What is a Metal Hinged Lid?2019-01-28T12:34:06+00:00

What is a Metal Hinged Lid?

Some types of metal tins or cans have hinged covers; Others cans have removable interference fit covers or lids. These are often known as “flip top cans”. These tinplate cans are often used to package breath mints, throat lozenges, instant coffee, biscuits and holiday treats. Highly decorated “holiday tins” are sold during the holiday season and are popular gifts, and often contain cookies, candy, or popcorn.

Similar festive containers are used in Europe for sweets, biscuits, cakes and chocolates, mainly during Christmas, rather than in the summer holidays and in countries with British associations, they are usually called “biscuit tins”. In Denmark, butter cookies in tins are produced and sold there, and are also exported to other countries.

These types of smaller tin boxes are sometimes reused to store items, or to create kits, such as a survival kit. A hobby involves modifying tin boxes with decorations and embellishments.

Not for use with liquids.

What is a Cone Top Tin?2019-01-28T12:32:20+00:00

What is a Cone Top Can / Metal Screw Lid?

Metal Cone Top Tin Cans are screw top cans that are typically used for storing automobile additives, solvents, thinners, break fluids and other specialty products. Cone Top Cans allow for a smooth controlled pour. Standard screw caps available, as well as child resistant caps, stolz closures and spout caps.

The silver tinplated steel twist top tins come with screw cover rolled edge lids. Our metal tins could be used for a variety of applications from candles and cosmetics to sweets and mints.

1 Litre Cone Can
What is a Metal Slide Lid?2019-01-28T12:31:23+00:00

What is a Slide Top Tin?

The metal tins with slide tops are an excellent packaging container choice for many products such as lip balm, candies, mints, beads and more! Other uses may include storing gardening seeds, as pill container, storing vitamins, craft supplies, solid perfume and more. Add a creative label or decorate the tins to your specs.

This is a pocket tin box, which is multifunctional and easy to carry around and keep with you. You can use it to collect small things that are easy to lose, such as buttons, needle and thread, or more. You can also use it to take your cards, such as word list cards, business cards and so on. It is very practical in daily life.

SL-RT SLIDE TIN 59x34x10 (16)
What is a Tin Box?2019-01-28T12:30:36+00:00
Valentine's Day Corporate Gifts

What is a Tin Box?

A tin box is a tinplate container. Tinplate metal is primarily steel with a very thin tin coating. Tin-free steel is also used. In some cultures, these boxes or cans are referred to as “tin boxes” or sometimes even “tins”. Many “tin boxes” have hinged or removable lids or covers. Some people collect tin boxes as a hobby.

What is a Tin Can?2019-01-22T10:02:44+00:00

What is a Tin Can?

A tin can, tin (especially in British English, Australian English and Canadian English), steel can, steel packaging or a can, is a container for the distribution or storage of goods, composed of thin metal. Many cans require opening by cutting the “end” open; others have removable covers. Cans hold diverse contents: foods, beverages, oil, chemicals, etc. Steel cans are made of tinplate (tin-coated steel) or of tin-free steel. In some dialects, even aluminium cans are called “tin cans”.

Dry white rice in a silver tin can
What is a Double Seam?2019-01-22T10:00:07+00:00
Tin Can Seams

What is a Double Seam?

A double seam is a canning process for sealing a tin can by mechanically interlocking the can body and a can end (or lid).

Originally, the can end was soldered or welded onto the can body after the can was filled.[1] However, this introduced a variety of issues, such as foreign contaminants (including lead and other harmful heavy metals). The double seam was later developed as a cheaper and safer alternative and quickly replaced the welded seam.

The double seam is made using a double seamer, which can have just one or a number of heads or seaming stations. The double seam is formed by mechanically interlocking five layers of material together: three layers of the can end and two layers of the can body. Each seaming head typically consists of two rolls, a first operation roll and second operation roll, and a chuck. Some seaming machines have two first operation rolls and two second operation rolls and a few machines use a method called “rail seaming” which requires no rolls. During the seaming operation, the can end is lowered on to the filled can body and held down by the chuck, which acts as an anvil to the seaming operation. The first operation roll then engages the can end against the can body thereby folding the end curl around the flange of the body. In some seaming machines, this is done as the can is turning at high speed. In other seaming machines, the can is stationary and the first operation roll (or rolls) spins around several times to ensure a complete first operation. After the first operation is complete, the first operation roll disengages from the can and the second operation roll then engages the can. The purpose of the second operation is to iron out the double seam into its final shape and remove the voids between the layers of can and end material. In practice, ironing out all of the can and end material in a double seam without leaving some voids is impossible without the use of a sealing compound.

Tin Can Fabrication Process2019-01-24T09:32:04+00:00

What is the process of manufacturing tin cans?

Rimmed three-piece can construction involves several stages;

  • Forming a tube and welding or soldering the seam of the sides
  • Joining the bottom end to the tube
  • Printing or attaching labels to the can
  • Filling the can with content; sterilization or retorting is required for many food products
  • Joining the wall and top “end”.

Double seam rims are crucial to the joining of the wall to a top or bottom surface. An extremely tight fit between the pieces must be accomplished to prevent leakage; the process of accomplishing this radically deforms the rims of the parts. Part of the tube that forms the wall is bent, almost at its end, turning outward through 90 degrees, and then bent further, toward the middle of the tube, until it is parallel to the rest of the tube, a total bend of 180 degrees.

The outer edge of the flat piece is bent against this toward the middle of the tubular wall, until parallel with the wall, turning inward through 90 degrees. The edge of bent portion is bent further through another 90 degrees, inward now toward the axis of the tube and parallel to the main portion of the flat piece, making a total bend of 180 degrees. It is bent far enough inward that its circular edge is now slightly smaller in diameter than the edge of the tube. Bending it yet further, until it is parallel with the tube’s axis, gives it a total bend of 270 degrees. It now envelops the outward rim of the tube.

Looking outward from the axis of the tube, the first surface is the unbent portion of the tube. Slightly further out is a narrow portion of the top, including its edge. The outward-bent portion of the tube, including its edge, is still slightly further out. Furthest out is the 90-degree-bent portion of the flat surface.

The combined interacting forces, as the portion of the flat surface adjacent to the interior of the tube is indented toward the middle of the tube and then outward forward the axis of the tube, and the other bent portions of the flat piece and the tube are all forced toward the axis of the tube, drives these five thicknesses of metal against each other from inside and out, forming a “dry” joint so tight that welding or solder is not needed to strengthen or seal it.

Round metal tin cans
Canning Methods2019-01-24T09:31:39+00:00

Food Preservation during the Canning Process

To prevent the food from being spoiled before and during containment, a number of methods are used: pasteurisation, boiling (and other applications of high temperature over a period of time), refrigeration, freezing, drying, vacuum treatment, antimicrobial agents that are natural to the recipe of the foods being preserved, a sufficient dose of ionizing radiation, submersion in a strong saline solution, acid, base, osmotically extreme (for example very sugary) or other microbially-challenging environments.

Other than sterilization, no method is perfectly dependable as a preservative. For example, the microorganism Clostridium botulinum (which causes botulism) can only be eliminated at temperatures above the boiling point of water.

From a public safety point of view, foods with low acidity (a pH more than 4.6) need sterilization under high temperature (116–130 °C). To achieve temperatures above the boiling point requires the use of a pressure canner. Foods that must be pressure canned include most vegetables, meat, seafood, poultry, and dairy products. The only foods that may be safely canned in an ordinary boiling water bath are highly acidic ones with a pH below 4.6, such as fruits, pickled vegetables, or other foods to which acidic additives have been added.

Vegetables Tins
What is a Can Seamer?2019-02-21T10:07:35+00:00
Can It - Large Food Cans Packed in Pallets in our Warehouse at Can It

What is a Can Seamer?

A can seamer is a machine used to seal the lid to the can body. The lid or “end” is usually tinplated steel while the body can be of metal (such as cans for beverages and soups), paperboard (whisky cans) or plastic.

The seam formed is generally leak-proof, but this depends on the product being canned. The seam is made by mechanically overlapping the two layers to form a hook.

Different parameters of the hook are measured and monitored to check the integrity of the seam under different conditions.

The shape of the double seam is determined by the shape of the seamer roll profile and the relative position. During the can seaming process, the seamer chuck holds the can while the rolls rotate around it. Initially, the first operation roll folds the lid (end) and then the second operation rolls tighten the resulting seam.

The first operation seam is critical to avoid problems like wrinkles (tightness issues) and leaks. The shape of the seam is determined by the shape of the first operation roll, the second operation roll, their relative positions and distances, lifter height, lifter pressure. Any damage or problems to the seamer or seamer tools can cause severe problems to the double seam like seam bumps, wrinkles, sharp seams, and open seams.

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What is Matte branding?2019-01-28T12:57:05+00:00

Unlike BiaxOP film, matte paper produces nice quality prints but does not have that vibrant color finish. Matte paper is not vulnerable to being marred by fingerprints and it produces a non-glare photo.

Common Properties

  • Matte film is not glossy and therefore finger marks or glare from the sun are not a problem.
  • When printing macro shots, portraits or other images that rely in small details, you may be better off using BiaxOp film.
  • Matte finished film is typically chosen for its unique combination of smooth texture, easy readability, and bold contrast qualities. Matte is well known for its versatility and can be used with designs that contain white space, solid colors, photographs or a combination of these elements.
  • Matte finish paper has a dull coating applied to the paper surface that yields a non-shiny, smooth finish that is superior for color contrast and text clarity.
  • The matte finish enhances soft and simple designs such as those with a focus on text, lines or borders while complementing colorful designs like landscapes and illustrations.
What branding and print options do you offer?2019-01-28T12:57:55+00:00

We at Can It craft the perfect tin packaging for your product, a long-lasting tin box which displays your logo and conveys your message for years to come

Matte – Contrast Film Branding

Unlike BiaxOP film, matte paper produces nice quality prints but does not have that vibrant color finish. Matte paper is not vulnerable to being marred by fingerprints and it produces a non-glare photo.

Common Properties

  • Matte film is not glossy and therefore finger marks or glare from the sun are not a problem.
  • When printing macro shots, portraits or other images that rely in small details, you may be better off using BiaxOp film.
  • Matte finished film is typically chosen for its unique combination of smooth texture, easy readability, and bold contrast qualities. Matte is well known for its versatility and can be used with designs that contain white space, solid colors, photographs or a combination of these elements.
  • Matte finish paper has a dull coating applied to the paper surface that yields a non-shiny, smooth finish that is superior for color contrast and text clarity.
  • The matte finish enhances soft and simple designs such as those with a focus on text, lines or borders while complementing colorful designs like landscapes and illustrations.

BiaxOP – Glossy Film Branding

When glossy film is extruded and stretched in both the machine direction and across machine direction it is called biaxially oriented polypropylene (gloss). Biaxial orientation increases strength and clarity. BiaxOP branding is primarily found in the gifting, resale and retail industries – with the branding process found throughout popular products such biscuit tins, gift tins, mint tins, wine tin boxes and more

Common Properties

  • BiaxOP is resistant to moisture and humidity and is water-resistant
  • It is a very strong and durable plastic material.
  • BiaxOP can be manufactured in a variety of colors, both transparent and solid.
  • Because of the durability of vinyl, products made from this material have a long-life span and is widely used in the packaging industry across the globe.
  • Glossy finish paper has a high gloss coating applied to the paper surface that yields a smooth, shiny finish, vivid colors, vibrant images and excellent reproduction.
  • BiaxOP finished film is typically chosen for its polished texture, flashy appearance and superb color-contrast qualities.
  • BiaxOP is best used on full color designs that have bright solid colors, photographs or bold patterns. Designs that contain prominent headlines, rich colors and tones, lots of imagery and minimal text are well-suited for a glossy finish.
  • Text heavy designs tend to be difficult to read on a glossy finish — we recommend a matte finish for them.

GSMP – Gloss Paper Film

The term GSM is far from explanatory, but you can guarantee that it will come up when talking to any printer worth his or her salt. What does GSM mean and what does it mean for your printing? It’s worth noting that the experts here at Can It, SA’s leading tin supplying company, will gladly guide you to the correct decisions.

With BRANDEDTINS.COM, you will notice that branding matters and will keep on popping up ever-increasingly in the business, promotional and gifting sectors. This trend holds true across printed tin boxes, small round tins, branded packaging, company booklets, company gift hampers, mint tins, lip balm tins, company chocolates and pretty much any printed gift product you can think of.

 Common Properties

  • Laser Gloss is a glossy paper that is an ideal choice for flyers, two-sided brochures and similar applications. It is an improved soft gloss with a glossier appearance. The product exists because of customer demand for a glossier brochure paper and was made possible by a more advanced paper manufacturing technique. It most closely resembles high quality magazine paper.
  • Glossy Paper refers to any coated papers designed to present an ultra-smooth to shiny appearance. Applications include brochures, advertising, flyers, one sheets, photographic printing and other presentation documents.

UVV – Ultra Varnish

UV coating, often called liquid lamination, is a highly protective, ultra-shiny gloss coating that we apply over aqueous coating and then cure on a special machine using ultraviolet light.

Common Properties

  • The solvent-free UV coating provides an extremely hard finish that’s chemical and abrasion resistant.
  • It makes details really pop! On deep colors, it results in a stunning, almost wet appearance.
  • Perfect when you want a durable, environmentally-friendly piece with a richer, high-end look and feel.

EMB or DBM – Embossing

Sheet Metal Embossing (EMB) and Debossing (DBM) are the processes of creating either raised or recessed relief images and designs in paper and other materials. An embossed pattern is raised against the background, while a debossed pattern is sunken into the surface of the material (but might protrude somewhat on the reverse, back side).

Common Properties

  • Metal embossingis easy, fun, and a great technique for mixed and creative media art; embossed pieces can be used on tin boxes, handmade books, a collage and more.
  • The ability to form ductile metals.
  • Use in medium to high production runs
  • The ability to maintain the same metal thickness before and after embossing.
  • The ability to produce unlimited patterns, depending on the roll dies.
  • The ability to reproduce the product with no variation.
What is your design process for creating custom tins?2019-01-28T13:01:00+00:00

1. Conceptualize

The definition of conceptualization is the critical and creative thinking process of envisioning an idea or concept. When you brainstorm about a new product and you come up with the brand guidelines to bring the product to market, this is an example of conceptualization.

Our product designers will assist and guide you every step of the way, in a systematic approach, conceptualizing, evaluating and collaborating new ideas with you, turning them into tangible inventions and successful products for your launch or promotion.

2. Evaluate & Rethink

Evaluate, address and clarify your project’s needs. With the creative process underway, now is the time to clarify the other important factors such as the tin size, order quantity and distribution needs for your project. Engage Can It as the custom tin manufacturer for your tin packaging requirements and we manage everything for you – tin proof samples, mass-manufacturing, packing in export cartons, freight, insurance, customs, duty, logistics and delivery to your doorstep.

Whether in the USA, Britain, South Africa or elsewhere – request and you will receive an ‘all for one’ all-inclusive price per finished item. We do all the work so you can focus on your core business.

3. Talk it and Chalk it

Now that you’ve conceptualized the finished product and clarified the other aspects to your order, it’s time to design your custom tin package from Can It. If you are using your own graphic illustrator or team of designers, please simply request the artwork size from us. In the event that you are using our creative team, please provide a comprehensive artwork brief to us.

Things to consider: colours, logo, brand guidelines, engaging text, legal terms, best before, contact details. The more descriptive brief you provide, the more we will be able to design something which presents your brand and conveys your message. Contact our team to discuss today.

4. Improve & Conclude

Discuss branding methods and the choice of branding material with your Can It expert. Finalize the changes and improvements regarding the design of your tins and conclude your order by providing artwork approval to us. Once we receive your approval, the manufacturing process is underway and there will be no further way to make changes. Ensure you are 100% happy by only providing approval once you are completely satisfied with the design.

Can you create a custom design for my tins?2019-01-22T10:20:27+00:00

We are passionate about creating custom tin boxes for product launches and promotions

Leave a lasting impression, with protective packaging which presents your company and brand in a unique and creative way. Your one-stop-shop for all your packaging and fundraising needs, contact us for a quote today.

Your message and logo never fades on Can It’s custom tin boxes and containers. Branded tins are never thrown away and your clients will always keep it as a sentimental token of your care and concern for them.

There’s simply no better way to package your launch and promotion than Can It!

Can I supply my own unique design for the tins?2019-01-24T09:34:53+00:00

 Absolutely, you CAN! 

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In terms of the design for your custom tin containers, the options are virtually endless!

With years of experience and know-how, Can It will collaborate with you to create a visually engaging tin box which meet your requirements and campaign-needs, increasing your brand recognition and boosting your product promotion. We specialize in the manufacturing and supply of custom tin boxes that turn heads, beg to be touched and held, that increase perceived value and clearly set your product, in its custom tin packaging, apart from the competition.

What material do you use to manufacture your tin containers and cans?2019-01-28T12:55:41+00:00
Upcycling, Writing Accessories in Cans

Our Material & Quality

Why choose our tins over others?

Tinplate, thin steel sheet with a coating of tin applied either by dipping in molten metal or by electrolytic deposition; almost all tinplate is now produced by the latter process. Tinplate made by this process is essentially a sandwich in which the central core is strip steel. This core is cleaned in a pickling solution and then fed through tanks containing electrolyte, where tin is deposited on both sides.

There’s More than a few Reasons…

  • Beautiful Appearance

  • Excellent Paint-ability & Print-ability

  • Excellent Form-ability & Strength

  • Excellent Corrosion Resistance

  • Excellent Solder-ability & Weld-ability

an aluminum box top isolated against a white background
What is BiaxOP branding?2019-01-28T12:43:51+00:00

When glossy film is extruded and stretched in both the machine direction and across machine direction it is called biaxially oriented polypropylene (gloss). Biaxial orientation increases strength and clarity. BiaxOP branding is primarily found in the gifting, resale and retail industries – with the branding process found throughout popular products such biscuit tins, gift tins, mint tins, wine tin boxes and more

Common Properties

  • BiaxOP is resistant to moisture and humidity and is water-resistant
  • It is a very strong and durable plastic material.
  • BiaxOP can be manufactured in a variety of colors, both transparent and solid.
  • Because of the durability of vinyl, products made from this material have a long-life span and is widely used in the packaging industry across the globe.
  • Glossy finish paper has a high gloss coating applied to the paper surface that yields a smooth, shiny finish, vivid colors, vibrant images and excellent reproduction.
  • BiaxOP finished film is typically chosen for its polished texture, flashy appearance and superb color-contrast qualities.
  • BiaxOP is best used on full color designs that have bright solid colors, photographs or bold patterns. Designs that contain prominent headlines, rich colors and tones, lots of imagery and minimal text are well-suited for a glossy finish.
  • Text heavy designs tend to be difficult to read on a glossy finish — we recommend a matte finish for them.
What is Gloss paper branding?2019-01-22T10:08:54+00:00

The term GSM is far from explanatory, but you can guarantee that it will come up when talking to any printer worth his or her salt. What does GSM mean and what does it mean for your printing? It’s worth noting that the experts here at Can It, SA’s leading tin supplying company, will gladly guide you to the correct decisions.

With BRANDEDTINS.COM, you will notice that branding matters and will keep on popping up ever-increasingly in the business, promotional and gifting sectors. This trend holds true across printed tin boxes, small round tins, branded packaging, company booklets, company gift hampers, mint tins, lip balm tins, company chocolates and pretty much any printed gift product you can think of.

 Common Properties

  • Laser Gloss is a glossy paper that is an ideal choice for flyers, two-sided brochures and similar applications. It is an improved soft gloss with a glossier appearance. The product exists because of customer demand for a glossier brochure paper and was made possible by a more advanced paper manufacturing technique. It most closely resembles high quality magazine paper.
  • Glossy Paper refers to any coated papers designed to present an ultra-smooth to shiny appearance. Applications include brochures, advertising, flyers, one sheets, photographic printing and other presentation documents.
What is a UV Varnish?2019-01-22T10:08:44+00:00

UV coating, often called liquid lamination, is a highly protective, ultra-shiny gloss coating that we apply over aqueous coating and then cure on a special machine using ultraviolet light.

Common Properties

  • The solvent-free UV coating provides an extremely hard finish that’s chemical and abrasion resistant.
  • It makes details really pop! On deep colors, it results in a stunning, almost wet appearance.
  • Perfect when you want a durable, environmentally-friendly piece with a richer, high-end look and feel.
What is Embossing and Debossing?2019-01-28T12:41:59+00:00

Sheet Metal Embossing (EMB) and Debossing (DBM) are the processes of creating either raised or recessed relief images and designs in paper and other materials. An embossed pattern is raised against the background, while a debossed pattern is sunken into the surface of the material (but might protrude somewhat on the reverse, back side).

Common Properties

  • Metal embossing is easy, fun, and a great technique for mixed and creative media art; embossed pieces can be used on tin boxes, handmade books, a collage and more.
  • The ability to form ductile metals.
  • Use in medium to high production runs
  • The ability to maintain the same metal thickness before and after embossing.
  • The ability to produce unlimited patterns, depending on the roll dies.
  • The ability to reproduce the product with no variation.
Can you produce a sample prior to mass manufacturing?2018-08-24T13:38:24+00:00

You are excited about ordering your tins, your artwork is ready, you have decided on a tin size for your packaging requirements but you stress the final product will not be what you imagined… We are here to reassure you that your order will run smoothly and will be perfect. To ensure perfection, we will produce a sample for you to approve, prior to the mass-manufacture of your full order.

If this sample meets your approval, we will proceed with production. Or otherwise, we will revise the mold and branding to reproduce the sample for your perusal. Contact our team to get the process started, right away.

Can I receive samples of all your stock sizes?2018-08-24T13:56:27+00:00

Yes, we stock over 70 standard sizes which you can request samples of. If you’d like a digital catalog which contains all our sizes with pictures, please navigate to the CONTACT US page and fill in the required information. If you require physical samples, kindly request an invoice for the sizes you need by sending us an email on info@canit.co.za – we will get back to you as soon as possible.

What is your sampling process?2019-01-28T12:40:06+00:00
  1. Browse our vast range of sizes and shapes to find the perfect match
  2. Carefully select the sizes and their respective unit codes that interest you
  3. Provide us with all the unit codes and their required quantities, respectively.
  4. Receive a quotation from us for your approval
  5. Follow the design process as outlined in this article, or alternatively, provide your own artwork. If you require unbranded, plain samples you can skip this step.
  6. Proceed with placing your order by requesting an invoice and making payment
  7. Receive the samples via courier or collection.
Can I supply my own contents for sealing?2019-01-24T09:34:08+00:00

Unique & creative packaging for your product or promotion

Yes, supply any contents you want – whether it be coffee, gifts or jelly beans – we can seal it inside personalized cans with your choice of closure. Unlike boxes and plastic – our cans are rarely ever discarded – leading the packaging industry with customer retention and brand recognition. Create a memorable promotion with Can It’s vast range of custom sealed cans and tin boxes, constantly driving your message and branding through, subliminally displaying your brand wherever our cans are found.

Can you source the contents I need?2019-01-24T09:33:52+00:00

Any contents you need

Everyone likes to get something useful for free. They will keep this product and use it. It carries your name and contact information. It’s a gift that keeps on selling. Promotional products have long been a great supplement to your marketing efforts. Selecting the right product from our extensive list of tins, mugs, chocolates, and more provides a great return on your investment. They can be distributed at events and corporate functions.

Visit Us2019-02-21T09:52:16+00:00

Tin Supplier South Africa

Visit Us

Since 1994, Can It has been a leading manufacturer and supplier of branded tin packaging and collection tins in South Africa. Our vast range of products such as custom tin boxes, canisters, ointment tins, collection tins and money boxes are available worldwide. We have proudly supplied millions of cans and canisters to our valued customers and non-profits. Can it is a tin manufacturer and suppliers to retailers, wholesalers, the tin packaging industry as well as the promotional and corporate gifting industries.

We specialize in the manufacturing and supply of custom tin boxes that turn heads, beg to be touched and held, that increase perceived value and clearly set your product, in its custom tin packaging, apart from competition.

Can It also plays a unique role in the crowd-funding and charity industries, as the distribution of branded money boxes and collection tins began with us in 1994, at the dawn of democracy in South Africa when we began as just a small manufacturer and supplier of money boxes and collection tins. Since then we have grown our product offering and services as well as our customer base throughout South Africa and we now enjoy excellent customer relations in Australia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Namibia.

Thousands of charitable causes sustain themselves and earn their bread and butter by distributing custom branded money boxes and collection tins that we manufacture at can it. Through Can Its unique influence and insight into the industry and country-wide reach, we form a vital part of the charity industry – enabling NPOs to function. Our network of money boxes and collection tins enables millions of South Africa to “pay it forward” every day, at till points nationwide.

Independent and founded in 1994, we are safe pair of hands when it comes to crafting beautiful tin packaging out of tinplate and our customers tell us that form concept to completion, we are responsive and reliable with processes in place that are as seamless as the tins we create.

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Take Note:

  1. By appointment only to our showroom. Our showroom has thousands of options for you to browse and choose from.
  2. Samples are charged for
  3. Appointment times must  please be kept so as to not inconvenience the next appointment, for our other customers
  4. No factory or process viewings are permitted – Should you have a substantially large order of 500 000 units or above, our company will reconsider this condition. However, no factory inspection will be considered without a legal purchase order issued to our company.
  5. School tours are not permitted
  6. Photos of products in the showroom are permitted (exclusions apply for proprietary products)
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Can the tins be printed with my design?2019-01-28T12:37:35+00:00

Yes. A great design communicates what your business is, what it does, and why customers should choose you. Our designers take the time to understand and assist you with everything from a logo design to a high-end brochure. Collecting ideas and designs you like is the first step in helping us bring your vision to life. We can build you a company image that is professional and stylish. We’ll deliver a product you will be proud to use.

Can I seal the cans myself?2019-01-24T09:33:14+00:00

Generally, no. But theoretically, if you plan on large order quantities such as 50 000 or above – yes, you could perform the sealing process yourself and just buy the odds and ends separately from us. It’s not simple however, and it may be more practical to leave the process for the experts here at Can It. As you’d need large-scale, industrial machinery for preservation, seaming and printing – unless you are planning on a new retail product with guaranteed regular orders – it will cost you more to do it yourself.

What tin can closures do you make and supply?2019-01-24T09:29:24+00:00

EPOL LIDS | Alufix Peel-Off Lids | Easy Peel-Off Lids

The easy-peelable Alufix Dry membrane for sealing onto tinplate rings provides the can with a safe and convenient closure solution for canned goods. With its aluminium layer, Alufix Dry offers the best possible protection for all dry products which do not require heat treatment after filling.

The Easy Peel-Off Lid (EPOL) is a technology in the food packaging industry, which is gaining market share with respect to the well known Easy Open End (EOE) closure. The EPOL is easier to open and to produce than the EOE closure and consists of two parts: the protact ring and the alufix. The protact ring is made of polymer coated steel and the alufix is an aluminum foil, which is often coated with a peelable PolyPropylene (PP) layer. The polymer layers of protact and alufix are heat sealed together, achieving an airtight closure.

Alufix makes opening a can child’s play! Can It’s peelable lid for sealing onto tinplate rings provides the can with a safe and convenient closure solution. With its aluminum layer, Alufix offers the best possible protection for dry products.

Easy Open Ends | Metal Pull-Ring Lids | EZO LIDS / EOE LIDS

Our easy open ends are made of tinplate and are available for packing foods such as tuna fish, tomato paste, fruits, vegetables, juices, curry, meat, mushrooms, nuts, milk powder, coffee, vegetable oils, motor oils and almost all other types of food and non food products. These easy open lids are made as ‘full aperture openings’ only. Our ends are suitable for pasteurization, sterilization and retorting.

Outside of the EOE can be gold lacquered or clear lacquered. Our EZO lids are printed with opening instructions. Many of our customers purchase easy open ends with their logo printed on outside of these Can Ends, this requires a certain order quantity. Such printed Can ends are commonly used to increase brand awareness and for running promotion campaigns.

Inside of the Easy Open Covers are usually lacquered. The type of internal lacquer can be epoxy phenolic, organosol or aluminized as per customer request and end application. The color of internal lacquer can be Gold or Clear. All the lacquers used in our lids are approved by relevant authorities.

Plain End Lids | Open Top Cans with Lids | Food Can Lid

With a lacquer coating on all plain ends, this tin can lid is ideal for any edible or non-edible product. Save on cost with using these standard lids, as opposed to peel-off and pull-ring lids. The buyers and recipients of your tin cans will require a can-opener to open tins which are sealed with this type of closure.

Available with or without ribbing (lines or smooth), keep it simple by having your cans sealed with these lids which are made of the same material as the tin can itself.  Suitable to be branded and printed with your custom design, these lids are great for promotional and marketing use.

Paint Can Lids | Triple Tite Metal Lids | TT Lids / RL Lids

The Triple Tite closure is very suitable for flat plate lids. Tins with this type of closure are sometimes harder to re-close, because residue can be left in the rim after the paint is poured out. The TT closure is particularly important for mixed lacquers, because the stirrer lid can be clicked into place under the edge. In general the TT closure is experienced by its users that the lid is more easy to re(open) than a RL closure.

The performance/tightness of the Tripe Tite closure is similar to the RL closure. The TT closure is less closed than a RL closure. For good air-tightness, we advice to turn the tin cans upside down after filling, that the air-tightness off the lid/ring connection will be optimal.

  • The TT closure has a flat lid.
  • The TT lid falls in the rim of the tin.
  • The TT closure is used mainly on the professional market.

Plastic Tin Can Lids | Resealable Plastic Lids| SC Lids / LDPE Lids

These plastic lids for open top cans are pliable and reusable, low density polyethylene (LDPE), natural in color. The perfect addition to your tin cans if you want them to be reused. Our standard plastic lids are clear (see-through) and can be molded or printed with your logo on quantity.  Ideal for coffee, biscuits, powder or gifts.

Available in various different diameters. A simple and low-cost addition to your product – don’t forget to add these to your order. These lids make the cans completely resealable and air-tight for keeping your contents fresh and new.

Take note: these lids will only fit once the tins have been sealed or the sharp edges of the tin have been rolled down. Before the tin is sealed, the diameter is wider and will not fit the lids. To have these lids custom printed or molded would require a large order quantity.

What is an EPOL closure?2018-08-27T12:03:26+00:00

The easy-peelable Alufix Dry membrane for sealing onto tinplate rings provides the can with a safe and convenient closure solution for canned goods. With its aluminium layer, Alufix Dry offers the best possible protection for all dry products which do not require heat treatment after filling.

The Easy Peel-Off Lid (EPOL) is a technology in the food packaging industry, which is gaining market share with respect to the well known Easy Open End (EOE) closure. The EPOL is easier to open and to produce than the EOE closure and consists of two parts: the protact ring and the alufix. The protact ring is made of polymer coated steel and the alufix is an aluminum foil, which is often coated with a peelable PolyPropylene (PP) layer. The polymer layers of protact and alufix are heat sealed together, achieving an airtight closure.

Alufix makes opening a can child’s play! Can It’s peelable lid for sealing onto tinplate rings provides the can with a safe and convenient closure solution. With its aluminum layer, Alufix offers the best possible protection for dry products.

What is a Peel-Off closure?2019-01-22T10:06:09+00:00

The easy-peelable Alufix Dry membrane for sealing onto tinplate rings provides the can with a safe and convenient closure solution for canned goods. With its aluminium layer, Alufix Dry offers the best possible protection for all dry products which do not require heat treatment after filling.

The Easy Peel-Off Lid (EPOL) is a technology in the food packaging industry, which is gaining market share with respect to the well known Easy Open End (EOE) closure. The EPOL is easier to open and to produce than the EOE closure and consists of two parts: the protact ring and the alufix. The protact ring is made of polymer coated steel and the alufix is an aluminum foil, which is often coated with a peelable PolyPropylene (PP) layer. The polymer layers of protact and alufix are heat sealed together, achieving an airtight closure.

Alufix makes opening a can child’s play! Can It’s peelable lid for sealing onto tinplate rings provides the can with a safe and convenient closure solution. With its aluminum layer, Alufix offers the best possible protection for dry products.

What is an EZO closure?