Regional patterns in secondary lead production pre- and post-Covid

The presentation will discuss developments in secondary lead production in the years leading up to 2020 highlighting key changes in output. There will be a focus on China, where there has been a very substantial increase in modern lead battery recycling facilities, and international trade in battery scrap, in particular imports into Korea and India.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on battery scrap collection, international trade in scrap and production will be assessed, highlighting those countries/regions where secondary lead production has experienced a significant adverse impact.

In the final part of the presentation consideration will be given to prospects for recovery from the pandemic and any potential developments which might have a longer-term impact on both the scale and location of secondary lead production.


Huw Roberts Director, CHR Metals Limited, United Kingdom

Huw Roberts is an economist and co-founder with Claire Hassall of CHR Metals Limited. The company has an international reputation for providing in-depth analysis of the global zinc and lead industries, offering particular insight into developments in China. Huw’s career in the metals industry included working for an LME broker, a number of years with a mining company and senior positions in metals industry consultancy. CHR Metals was established in 2000 and has offices in the UK and China.