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Economic Issues & Market Analysis Brief: Metal Casting - Lead

World lead consumption is expected to increase. Some factors that may influence this include:

  • Steady replacement battery demand (5-8% per year is projected)
  • Increased worldwide vehicle production
  • Expanded market potential for lead in the field of radiation shielding in food-related irradiation technologies. The same type of shielding is used in security scanners.

Despite these gains, aluminum, tin, iron and plastics serve as substitutes for lead (i.e.; tin has replaced lead in solder for new or replacement drinking water systems).

The market applications for lead are balanced by the adverse health impact of long-term lead exposure.