Cobalt Conflicted

All eyes on cobalt: Well documented illegal mining practices and political unrest have once again thrust the DRC’s cobalt production into the spotlight. Here, Caspar Rawles outlines how the supply chain has reacted to this growing scrutiny and examines the potential for new supply from other nations

In 2016, cobalt proved to be one of the most controversial topics in the speciality minerals space. Reports from Amnesty International and articles in the Washington Post reminded the world of the illegal (or artisanal) mining issues that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has to deal with.

Whilst supply . . .

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