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Cobalt: 5 things to look for in 2022

Predictions for the year ahead

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What's inside this year's report?

2021 saw a dramatic shift in fundamentals in the cobalt market, leading to a technical deficit for the first time since 2016. This was largely underpinned by persistent supply tightness in feedstocks, rocketing battery demand and a drawdown in metal stocks due to state stockpiling. These factors combined to fuel the price rally over the course of 2021, and as a result, the benchmark metal price rose by 56% year-on-year, hitting a three-year high of over US$33/lb at the end of the year.

2022 will be another eventful year for cobalt. Read this insight for our predictions of the key themes to watch, including:

  1. Supply chain regionalisation – new supply coming outside the DRC-China power axis
  2. Feedstock rebalanced – payable likely to move downwards but upside risks are high
  3. Metal tightness – structural deficit extending into 2022
  4. The battery boom – EV growth and LFP momentum continue
  5. Clean cobalt – a necessity but challenges remain

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2022 Outlook

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