The metal tin is favoured by confectionary firms because it offers enduring recyclability and appeals to the senses – from the sound it makes when opened to its individual appearance and texture achieved via direct printing processes. Companies such as Powermints GmbH from Germany combine a satin-lacquered metal tin with a separable and colour-coordinated plastic insert. Through combining metal and plastic, additional functions are feasible. However, tools for metal parts are costly and the confectionery market is characterised by fierce competition, so many sweet manufacturers order metal tins directly from China, where prices are lower. But delivery times are longer and there are language barriers. Consistent quality and delivery are offered from European suppliers such as Hoffman Neopac AG, a family firm with its head office in Thun, Germany, which has more than 125 years’ experience of serving the confectionary, food and drink industries.