How we care
Tinmasters is a company that cares – about our products, our people and the planet. We work with metals, one of the most eco-friendly materials available, and take pains to ensure that our printing and coating processes do not have a negative impact on the environment. We are also committed to running an ethical operation (we are members of SEDEX with SMETA 4 Pillar accreditation) and promote ethical standards throughout our supply chain – by undertaking supplier audits and ensuring that the minerals we use are responsibly sourced, for example.
Working with metal
Up until the 1960s a large proportion of our packaged goods would have been supplied in metal containers of some sort. With the industrialised world requiring both productivity and sustainability, many manufacturers are realising that there are eco-friendly lessons to be learned in their own history – because while metal is not technically ‘renewable’ it is infinitely recyclable, which is arguably better still!
Ensuring food safety
Many of our customers are directly or indirectly involved in the food industry, so it is vitally important that we comply with all of the prevailing regulations around food contact and food safety. We take these responsibilities extremely seriously and have invested in the equipment, processes, training and management systems required to ensure we do not just meet the regulations, we exceed them.
Infant formula manufacturers are particularly demanding in this area, requiring their packaging suppliers to meet the highest possible standards of food safety. Tinmasters has been meeting and exceeding the needs of this very critical market since 1978.
Since 2011 we have also been supplying packaging products for Super Premium infant formula that complies with all of the GB food packaging standards that have been adopted by the China Food and Drug Administration as part of its overarching Food Safety Law.
We rely on our highly motivated and skilled staff to ensure the ongoing success of our business in a quality-critical and compliance-driven environment. It is therefore only natural that we will do our utmost to ensure our people feel appreciated, rewarded and protected at all times.
We provide our employees with jobs that they value for the longer term and we have exceptionally low employee turnover rates to prove it. We are also fully compliant with the employment guidelines set out by the SEDEX Members Ethical Trading Association (SMETA) relating to labour standards and health and safety (as part of our wider 4 Pillar compliance).
We also look after ‘our people’ in the wider context of our community, providing direct support for local clubs and societies.
We are committed to protecting the natural environment and improving our own environmental performance. We achieve both with the help of our ISO:14001:2015 accredited environmental management systems and through our compliance with the SMETA guidelines relating to the environment.
Much of our work in this area focuses on reducing our energy consumption and volatile organic compound emissions.
Reducing energy consumption
We take a highly active approach to reducing our energy consumption per unit of production. In 2015, as an example, Tinmasters invested £312,000 in new dryers (for our main production units) that were 46% more energy efficient than those they replaced. Thanks to this and other initiatives taken over the past decade we have been able to reduce our energy consumption (per unit of production) by 55%.
Reduction in KWh per impression
Through our sustainability initiatives we have reduced our energy consumption (per unit of production) by a massive 55%
Reducing volatile organic compounds
Many of the thermally cured coatings that are used on metal packaging consisted of resins dissolved in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) that are applied as liquids. The metal substrate is then baked at up to 300℃ so that the VOC evaporates off, leaving the resin coating firmly applied. For many years now there have been global concerns about the levels of VOC in the air and the negative impact that this could have on health, especially when you consider that such organic chemicals are very widely used as ingredients in household products, cosmetics and more – and that the VOC can be released when these products are used or even just stored.
In 1996, Tinmasters invested £312,000 in a regenerative thermal oxidation system to reduce the volume of VOC that is released into the atmosphere from our plant by more than 95%.
Elsewhere in the factory, we use water-based (and therefore VOC-free) compounds in our component ends and we are continuously striving to reduce further the remaining low levels of fugitive VOC emissions.
Sedex Members Ethical Trade Association (SMETA) (4 pillar compliance)
This confirms that Tinmasters is committed to ensuring the Health and Safety of its employees, treating its employees fairly, protecting the environment and trading ethically.
ISO9001:2015 – Quality Management System
This confirms that Tinmasters is able to provide, consistently, a product that meets the requirements of our customers and any applicable statutory and regulatory requirements while also aiming to enhance our customers’ satisfaction by applying our quality management systems effectively and by including processes that support the continual improvement of the systems themselves.
ISO14001:2015 – Environmental Management System
This confirms that Tinmasters is committed to protecting the environment and improving its own environmental performance and has developed a clear environmental policy to achieve these aims along with the environmental management systems (with stated objectives and targets) necessary to deliver them.
ISO22301:2012 – Business Continuity Management System
This accreditation confirms that Tinmasters has made contingency plans to ensure that our operations will continue, our products and services will continue to be delivered (at defined levels) and the reputations and interests of our key stakeholders will be safeguarded in the event of a major disruptive incident.
OHSAS18001:2007 – Occupational Health and Safety Management System
This confirms that Tinmasters has an occupational health and safety management system in place that is being consistently implemented, maintained and improved upon.
ISO22000:2005 - Food Safety Management System
This confirms that Tinmasters operates a food safety management system that enables us to demonstrate our ability to control food safety hazards so that the products we work on are safe for the consumer.
Reduction in VOC
Our regenerative thermal oxidation system has reduced the volume of VOC released into the atmosphere from our plant by more than 95%
How can we help your business?
If you would like to discuss any metal printing requirements you may have, please give our experienced Tinmasters a call on 44 (0)1291 307600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are very happy to discuss a project, provide a quote or give you details on our compliance and food safety processes.