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From car batteries to x-ray rooms

Lead is a soft, ductile metal that resists both oxygen and acids. It also has high electrical conductivity. This makes it extremely important for the automotive industry, which buys around 80 per cent of all lead to produce for use in car batteries. Lead also has qualities that allow it to protect against ionizing radiation and x-rays. Walls and ceilings in hospital x-ray rooms are therefore covered with lead, and thanks to its high density, lead is used in the keels of sailing boats.  

Boliden lead production

Facts about Lead

  • Chemical symbol: Pb
  • Appearance: Bluish white
  • Melting point: 327.52 °C
  • Boiling point: 1,740 °C

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Saga Mills

Saga Mills

Manager Sales Lead, Precious Metals


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