Nyrstar produces lead in concentrate and refined market lead 99.9%. Over half the lead we produce comes from secondary or other sources of scrap lead, including some from our own zinc plants. Lead is found in ore bodies in association with other metals, mainly zinc, silver and copper.
Lead’s primary usage is for the production of batteries. In fact over 80 % of world production goes into the lead-acid battery, which still plays an important part in the starter mechanism for automobiles. The remaining 20 % goes towards such end-uses as underwater cable sheathing, glassware, solder and roof sheeting.