Due to its excellent ability to store chemical energy (which, in turn, can be converted into electrical energy) lead rapidly became the leading energy storage material for batteries. Other applications are in construction, e.g. as PVC stabilisers and in TV-screens.
Lead is easily recyclable. Today, 60% of the world's needs comes from recycled lead.
Umicore Precious Metals Refining produces a substantial amount of primary refined lead. Its capacity is 125,000 tonnes per year. Though different grades were produced in the past, our current production is LME branded 99.99% lead.
Umicore Precious Metals Refining produces non-Grade A copper cathodes in its Hoboken plant and has a capacity of 36,000 tonnes per year.
Umicore Precious Metals Refining produces nickel by-products that are further refined into various nickel products at Umicore Cobalt & Specialty Materials.
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