FAQ

Here you will find a selection of frequently asked questions regarding Hoffmann tins, and, of course, their answers. Can't find your question? Please send us an email.

​ What is the minimum order quantity of tins?

MOQ for offset printed tins start from 50,000 units. Promotional stock items with digital printing start from 120 to 2,000 units.

What is the average delivery term of tins?

In average, it takes between 8 to 10 weeks to deliver the tins. Sometimes we are quicker.

What is the difference between aluminum and tinplate tins?

The metal base material. Aluminum and tinplate have different limitations when warping, different durability when in contact with certain bulks and different material costs. Aluminum is a relatively expensive material, tinplate is more affordable.

How is a tinplate tin produced?

It would be best if you came to visit us and we could show you onsite. As we must manufacture in a clean environment and maintain high hygiene standards for the quality of our tins, we only allow our customers and partners to do this. Private tours for companies (and for schools) are not possible.

How ecological is tinplate packaging?

Tinplate packaging is permanently recyclable and has the highest consumer packaging recycling rate. In 2014, it was 93.3% in Germany.

Tinplate is magnetic, it can be easily separated from other materials and recycled. We therefore save large amounts of raw materials and heavily reduce CO2 emissions.

Do Hoffmann use BPA-free paints and varnishes?

We only use BPA-NI printing colors and varnishes.

Do Hoffmann also fill tins?

We manufacture tins, but we do not fill them. We would be delighted to advise you on contract manufacturers and contract fillers specializing in your industry.

Why does the "Dosenlädeli" no longer exist at the Thun railway station?

The shop space was too expensive in relation to its revenue. You can now buy your tins online at www.tinboutic.ch.

Who invented the can?

In 1795, Napoleon Bonaparte offered a prize of 12,000 gold francs for a process that would preserve food and feed soldiers without looting. The idea of heating food in airtight containers to conserve it came from the Parisian confectioner Nicolas Appert. He used glass bottles. This method was tested by the French marines and in 1810, Appert received the prize money. That same year, the British merchant Peter Durand had the idea of applying Appert's method to tin canisters and so invented the conserving tin. The invention was patented on 25 August 1810.

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