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In its 6th year, the World Lead Conference established itself as a significant event in the industry’s calendar. It bought together producers, recyclers traders and end users from across the globe to discuss the state of the market in Sofia, Bulgaria. Home to leading players in both the production and consumption space, it was a great meeting point and a chance to learn about Bulgaria’s entry to the EU.

This year discussion was framed by the shifting dynamics of primary and secondary production as capacity has shifted location in the former and the latter continues to be challenged by scrap shortages. End use markets were analysed in more detail than ever before, while new markets in the Middle East, Africa and beyond were explored as well. With the new LME warehousing rules about to land as well this was the best place to learn how to position your business ahead of changes on the horizon.

Topics discussed:

  • Primary production: shifting patterns of production with specific progress reports on new and old mines coming online
  • Secondary production: How are recyclers managing their sources of supply?
  • Scrap collection: the need for a level playing field
  • Regulations affecting the processing and distribution of lead
  • Lead-acid battery innovations: 48V batteries, stop/start, micro hybrids - gathering momentum?
  • Future sources of demand for lead – the Asian automotive market, telecoms and renewable energy sources
  • Technological innovations in lead production and recycling
  • Is lead the metal to watch at the LME?
  • How are price divergences between the LME and spot market impacting lead?
  • China: are expectations what they were?
  • What are some of the local market developments in Bulgaria for primary and secondary lead?
  • Middle East and Africa: the next big markets?


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