We are one of the world’s leading producers of cobalt – a metal in rising demand thanks to its use in batteries for electric vehicles and portable electronics.
We produce cobalt mainly as a by-product of copper mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but also as a by-product of nickel mining in Australia and Canada.
We are also one of the largest recyclers and processors of cobalt-bearing materials, such as used batteries – helping secure the supply of the metal at a time of increasing demand.
Cobalt in figures
of cobalt produced at our assets in 2017
of cobalt sold via our marketing business in 2017
Uses of cobalt
Cobalt looks set to become one of the most important commodities in delivering the electric vehicle revolution – thanks to rising demand for the metal in the batteries that power them.
It is also used as a super alloy in aircraft engines, and in cemented carbides, which are often used as hard cutting surfaces or drill bits.
Cobalt is mainly produced as a by-product at assets that produce copper or nickel.
Katanga Mining (copper)
Katanga (65%) is a large-scale copper–cobalt operation in the country’s Katanga province, producing cobalt hydroxide and copper cathodes.
Mutanda Mining (copper)
Mutanda is a large-scale copper and cobalt operation, also in Katanga province, producing cobalt hydroxide and copper cathodes.
Raglan Mine (nickel)
Raglan Mine is one of the richest base-metal mines in the world – located in the Arctic region at the extreme limit of northern Quebec.
Latest reports and results
Explore the latest reports and results, including financial results, production reports and our annual report.
Katanga Mining in DRC: an overview
Video diary: safety in Mopani, Zambia
Women in mining at Raglan, Canada
Indigenous mining jobs at Raglan