Monthly Archives: January 2016

Cobalt brings tech giants’ supply chains into the spotlight

A new report by Amnesty International has uncovered human rights abuses by one of the world’s leading cobalt producers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Ltd, a mining group partly owned by the Chinese government, has been accused of selling cobalt sourced from child labor into major battery production facilities in China, Japan and South Korea. … Continue reading Cobalt brings tech giants’ supply chains into the spotlight

CHART: Lithium’s price surges, commodities crash

Taken from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence‘s Membership service, the chart above compares the average price movements of lithium carbonate versus other minerals and metals in 2015. While a simplified version of reality, it demonstrates nicely the trend of 2015: a lithium shortage which saw prices surge and a commodity crash (Note: we could also add to … Continue reading CHART: Lithium’s price surges, commodities crash