Lead is a heavy metal known for its malleability and resistance to corrosion. It has been used historically in various applications, from batteries to radiation shielding.


Lead, represented by the symbol Pb and with an atomic number of 82, has been a significant metal throughout human history. Its applications have evolved over time, ranging from ancient water pipes and weights to its modern-day uses in batteries, protective shielding against radiation, and as an additive in certain types of glass and ceramics.

Lead's high density, softness, and resistance to corrosion make it suitable for a variety of applications. Moreover, its ability to absorb sound and vibration has led to its use in specific construction scenarios.

In the context of mining and mineral extraction, lead often occurs as a byproduct. Notably, during the process of copper mining, lead is frequently found and extracted alongside copper. This co-extraction is particularly beneficial for mining companies, as it allows them to diversify their product offerings and optimize the value derived from their mining operations. Xstreco, in its pursuit of copper production, also encounters lead as a valuable side product, further enhancing the company's portfolio and ensuring a more comprehensive utilization of mined resources.