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Lead reaches récords; tin stable in London

London - Last Friday, lead prices reached their highest level, while copper operated with stability in a market where the efect of the downfall of the inventories in London and strike threats from mines was counterbalanced by a decelaration of Chinese imports.
The future of lead for delivery at three months in the LME, that on Thursday went up to an historical maximum of 2550 dollars ton, closed on Friday at 2540 /2541 dollars ton, with a raise of 80 dollars.
Analysts think prices can go up even more due to fresh speculative money that is coming in.
On the other hand, copper frequently seen as the reference of the metal market in particular and of economical growth in general closed at 7435 sollars ton, with a decrease of 10 dolars since the closing price of Thursday, when it when backwards due to a big increase in stock.
Copper prices have decreased a 16 per cent since the beginning of May, when it reached a maximum of 11 months at 8335 dollars and the prices have been close to present levels during the last weeks in a market that lacks energy.


Lead Sheet: number 1 recycling material

London, 15th December 2006 - Pressures on building material manufacturers are increasing: environmental soundness and recyclability of materials are becoming central product demands.

Many materials are considered to have green credentials. However, the real environmental performance of a product depends on its recovery rate and on the efficiency of collection systems. Lead and its producers, have set standards in ecological management.

The European Lead Sheet Industry Association (ELSIA) has invested in long-term research, which investigated the comparative environmental performance of lead sheet and other building materials. Independent and well-respected Dutch research institution TNO concluded that lead sheet has a far more favourable life cycle than possible substitutes such as SEBS, GRP, EPDM and PVC. Negligible quantities of lead sheet go to landfill. Up to 97.5 % of the material is recycled for new long term usage. “The recent study results dispel long-held but unfounded prejudices about lead sheet, which is clearly the best environmental solution,” points out Ben Travers, chairman of ELSIA.

Summaries of recent reports and further information can be found on ELSIA’s website under