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Quarterly Cobalt Market Report

Five-year cobalt price forecast

Our latest cobalt price view from an expert team

Bringing together SFA (Oxford)’s expertise in the cobalt market, this quarterly price risk report is designed to aid investors and industry stakeholders to monitor and contextualise market impacting events. The rapidly evolving nature of government policy, electric vehicle (EV) roll-out plans, the battery industry value chain, and cobalt market players requires detailed analysis and interpretation to provide the reader with information on the most up-to-date risks to the cobalt market and price.

Cobalt market outlook

Released four times a year on a subscription basis, the Quarterly Cobalt Market report will keep you abreast of rapidly evolving developments in the cobalt market, providing you with a competitive edge with SFA's cobalt price forecast.

The content of each cobalt market report will vary according to cobalt industry events and market developments but will be tailored to incorporate an individual client’s specific strategic requirements. Typically, the cobalt report will include:


Cobalt demand impacts and new market threats:
  • Macroeconomic developments on cobalt supply-demand fundamentals and technology (global, US, EU and China).

  • The impact of powertrain technology trends, specifically electric vehicles (EV) forecast risks including global powertrain evolution and electrification, automaker announcements and implications for commodities, EU CO2 emission targets and opportunities for EVs, hybrid technology developments, China’s policies and the new energy vehicle market, and US market risks.

  • Lithium-ion battery technology shifts and electric vehicle powertrain developments and their impact on cobalt demand.

  • Future evolution of the cobalt supply chain, battery raw materials and development of other industrial uses, both emerging and in decline.

  • Cobalt market demand developments, Li-ion battery cathode chemistries, cobalt substitution risks and cobalt trade to China.

  • Supporting demand data on cobalt demand by end-use and cobalt EV demand by region.


Cobalt supply and production economic impacts:
  • Updates on the present and future stability and growth of primary cobalt supply and by-product cobalt supply from nickel and copper ores, supply response, cobalt reserves and resources, factors influencing cost inflation and exchange rate and volume impacts.

  • Cobalt supply and supply risks, politics and mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
  • Producer economics of cobalt supply.

  • Supporting supply data on cobalt supply by region, producer and operation, and from probable and possible cobalt projects.


Cobalt price forecast:
  • Five-year price outlook for cobalt.

  • 'What-if' scenario analysis and cobalt price risk assessment.

Who should read this report?

  • All industry stakeholders and new business entrants who need to keep abreast of the evolving influences on the cobalt market and prices, including end-users, mining companies and juniors. 

  • Investors and financial institutions needing to understand and quantify the risks and opportunities in the industry, future costs of production and short- to medium-term cobalt prices.

Live Q&A with the analysts

  • Each quarterly report is supported by a video call, most often hosted through MS Teams, which is led by Beresford Clarke, along with our team of expert Battery Metals analysts, to run through our latest powertrain metals outlook for cobalt, and address any further questions your team may have.

  • Often additional Client project teams join SFA's special meetings to hear our latest thoughts on the cobalt market.

Contact one of our team for more details

Henk de Hoop

Chief Executive Officer

Beresford Clarke

Managing Director: Technical & Research

Jamie Underwood

Principal Consultant

Kimberly Berman

Energy Transition Technology and Metals Specialist

Daniel Croft

Commodity Analyst

Thomas Chandler

Principal Lithium Supply Analyst

Lakshya Gupta

Senior Market Analyst: Battery Materials and Technologies

Rj Coetzee

Senior Market Analyst: Battery Materials and Technologies

Adele Rouleau

ESG and Critical Minerals Lead

Dr Fahad Aljahdali

General Manager, KSA

David Mobbs

Head of Marketing

Joel Lacey

Sales and Marketing Specialist

Linxiao Zhu

Senior Energy Transition Consultant

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