Home Cobalt Supply Risk Assessment for Opportunity Identification

Quick overview

With the rapid growth of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), there has been a high focus on the availability of cobalt across the globe. Our client, which specializes in the trading of metals and the development of new-age technologies, needed our help to evaluate cobalt supply-demand and supply risk and
therein opportunities for recycling cobalt from end-of-use batteries.

Client success details

With our help, our client was able to gain thorough understanding on the current and future supply-demand landscape for cobalt, supply risks and recycling opportunities to tap. FutureBridge answered several strategic questions :

There are growing concerns with the availability of cobalt in the long run. Recycling will be one of the key means towards supply security and sustainability goals..
  • What’s the value chain of cobalt (cradle to grave)?
  • What is the historical, current, and future supply-demand of cobalt? What are various demand drivers?
  • What are various risks and their impact in cobalt supply chain?
  • What are opportunities for cobalt recycling?




FutureBridge conducted extensive primary and secondary research across selected industries to develop a concise view of the current and emerging recycling landscape for cobalt. Primary research included interviews with mining, refining, recycling, and end-use companies; thought leaders; independent consultants and analysts to assess the evolution curve of cobalt supply and recycling options.

FutureBridge further analyzed a comprehensive supplydemand landscape of cobalt now and in future. A detailed assessment was also done on cobalt supply risk and possible opportunities for its recycling at a commercial scale. In addition, we also evaluated various route-to-market options and their pros and cons. The work FutureBridge carried out enabled our client to define their business plan and operational roadmaps for deploying a successful cobalt recycling strategy.


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