In the week to Friday September 24, several tens of tonnes cobalt briquettes were purchased in the spot market by cobalt salts refineries, after barely any had changed hands in previous weeks, trader sources told Fastmarkets.
Early in the first quarter of this year, the market witnessed a strong appetite for cobalt briquettes as an alternative feedstock in cobalt salts refining, but that interest waned
in the second quarter and for most of the third quarter, they added.
“Demand for cobalt briquettes is good. Cobalt salts refineries are buying them as feedstock,” a cobalt trader said, adding that some refineries were willing to pay a premium.
Multiple cobalt salts refineries acknowledged that they had been topping up their inventories with cobalt briquettes, trying to minimize their exposure to unstable supplies of cobalt hydroxide with its price ticking up quickly.
A total of 21,644 tonnes of cobalt intermediates, which mainly consists...