Lead is one of the first metals used by humans. Ancient lead pipes have been discovered in Egypt dating to time of the pharaohs, who also used lead to glaze their pottery.
When the Earth was formed, lead was a naturally occurring element. It is mined and then smelted in a blast furnace (such as seen here) and refined to remove other metals.
Because lead is easily remelted and refined, recycled or secondary lead has always held a significant place in the lead market.
Indeed, lead has the highest recycling rate of all industrial metals.
Lead is used by many industries because of its natural properties:
- Low Melting Point
- Corrosion Resistance
- Electrical Properties