Ceramic Industry

China's Domestic Cobalt Supplies Seen Tightening

May 23, 2001
Domestic cobalt supplies in China are expected to tighten as resources decline and eventually run out by the middle of the century, the president of Shanxiang Minmetals, George Song, said recently. Song, speaking at the first day of a cobalt conference in Toronto, said while cobalt production was up at 900 tonnes in 1999 from 400 tonnes in 1998, it was not enough to feed growing demand currently at 1,400 tonnes annually. He said cobalt was mainly used in the manufacture of cemented carbide, permanent magnets, super alloys, ceramics and chemicals. Song said historically China had imported cobalt from Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but since 1992 the biggest imports were from Morocco. middle of the century, the president of Shanxiang Minmetals, George Song, said recently. Song, speaking at the first day of a cobalt conference in Toronto, said while cobalt production was up at 900 tonnes in 1999 from 400 tonnes in 1998, it was not enough to feed growing demand currently at 1,400 tonnes annually. He said cobalt was mainly used in the manufacture of cemented carbide, permanent magnets, super alloys, ceramics and chemicals. Song said historically China had imported cobalt from Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but since 1992 the biggest imports were from Morocco.