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About Lead Metal. Lead is one of the most commercialized metals worldwide, ranking fifth behind iron, copper, aluminum, and zinc. This is explained by its unique properties, such as ease of casting, high density, low melting point, acid resistance, softness, and malleability. It was one of the first elements known to be used by humans, with findings dating back to 4,000 B.C. Industrial manufacturing began in the nineteenth century in the USA, growing rapidly at the start of the 1900s with the rise in automobile, chemical, and machine industries. Over 75% of Lead manufactured worldwide is employed in Lead-acid batteries.

Lead Metal Handling. Lead, like other heavy metals, accumulates in the biosphere and builds up over time, hence, in transportation, dust generation should be minimized. Lead should be stored in a dry, covered area, away from food or feedstuffs and strong acids.

Lead Metal Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Lead Metal are listed below.

  • Galena (or other lead rich ores) (ore refining),
  • Lead bullion (pyrometallurgical refining/Parkes process/Betterton-Kroll process),
  • Secondary lead/scrap metals (metal recycling),
  • Zinc-lead sulfide ores + metallurgical coke (Imperial smelting process)

Lead Metal Uses. The uses and applications of Lead may vary according to its specification. Mostly used in batteries, pure Lead metal is commonly traded as ingots/bars or blocks, with purity greater than 99.9%. However, other forms of Lead (mainly for Lead compounds, such as oxides) are powder, paste, sheets, pipes, buckles, grids, and rods, depending on the use.

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Data Legend. The chart above shows Lead price assessments in USA Dollar per metric ton (USD/mt) in 3 locations, as follows:

  • Lead (99.97%), US (United States): Lead (99.97% min. purity), import transaction price, cif, United States
  • Lead (99.97%), EUR (Europe): Lead (99.97% min. purity), spot price, i-w, United Kingdom
  • Lead (99.994%), CN (China): Lead (99.994% min. purity), spot price, i-w, China

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Lead Metal Price Outlook. The price of Lead (United States) increased during April 2019 to 2,090 USD per metric ton, which represents a rise of 4% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of Lead (United States) decreased significantly by 11%. Meanwhile, the average price of Lead (China) amounted to 2,500 USD per metric ton, from 2,930 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of Lead (China) is 2% lower than the price one month before.

The price of Lead (Europe) declined throughout April 2019, reaching 1,940 USD per metric ton.  The price is 5% lower than the average price in the previous month and 17% lower than the average price one year before.

About Lead Metal. Lead is one of the most commercialized metals worldwide, ranking fifth behind iron, copper, aluminum, and zinc. This is explained by its unique properties, such as ease of casting, high density, low melting point, acid resistance, softness, and malleability. It was one of the first elements known to be used by humans, with findings dating back to 4,000 B.C. Industrial manufacturing began in the nineteenth century in the USA, growing rapidly at the start of the 1900s with the rise in automobile, chemical, and machine industries. Over 75% of Lead manufactured worldwide is employed in Lead-acid batteries.

Lead Metal Handling. Lead, like other heavy metals, accumulates in the biosphere and builds up over time, hence, in transportation, dust generation should be minimized. Lead should be stored in a dry, covered area, away from food or feedstuffs and strong acids.

Lead Metal Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Lead Metal are listed below.

  • Galena (or other lead rich ores) (ore refining),
  • Lead bullion (pyrometallurgical refining/Parkes process/Betterton-Kroll process),
  • Secondary lead/scrap metals (metal recycling),
  • Zinc-lead sulfide ores + metallurgical coke (Imperial smelting process)

Lead Metal Uses. The uses and applications of Lead may vary according to its specification. Mostly used in batteries, pure Lead metal is commonly traded as ingots/bars or blocks, with purity greater than 99.9%. However, other forms of Lead (mainly for Lead compounds, such as oxides) are powder, paste, sheets, pipes, buckles, grids, and rods, depending on the use.

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