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Cobalt

Today’s rechargeable batteries powering devices such as cameras, mobile phones, and laptops all rely on cobalt. Even small amounts of this metal help regulate a battery’s temperature.

It makes them safer, last longer and store more power. And it’s these qualities that make cobalt so important in the much larger batteries of renewable energy technologies and electric vehicles.

Cobalt also finds applications in medical imaging technologies, and, as a superalloy, is used in aircraft engines and in hard metals used as sharp cutting edges or for drilling.

We extract and process cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mainly as a by-product of copper mining, but also as a by-product of nickel mining.

As a recycler of cobalt-containing materials, we are closing the loop of the circular value chain. With our activities, we help meet the growing demand for this important metal.

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