LONDON -- Citing a change in focus, the International Tin Research Institute will change its name to the International Tin Association, effective Feb. 1.

In a statement, ITRI said the new name "builds on our heritage as the former International Tin Research Institute but also recognizes our evolution toward tin industry leadership with a more diverse range of activities."

Established in 1932 in London, the organization joined tin-producing governments and producers to focus on the promotion of tin and research and development of new tin-based technologies. During that time its work provided the technical foundations for the development of tin as solder for electronics, as tinplate for food cans, and as chemicals used in plastics.

Technology is still an important component of the organization's work today, but over the past two decades industry issues have pushed it to expand in areas such as market analysis, conferences, sustainability, and regulatory affairs.

"Now, as the International Tin Association, we have a new platform for our members to establish industry leadership. This includes launching a Code of Conduct to support responsible tin sourcing, a major objective for the industry. We remain a not-for-profit organization that welcomes new members," ITRI said.

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