National Minerals Information Center

Cobalt Statistics and Information

Cobalt (Co) is a metal used in numerous diverse commercial, industrial, and military applications, many of which are strategic and critical.  On a global basis, the leading use of cobalt is in rechargeable battery electrodes.  Superalloys, which are used to make parts for gas turbine engines, are another major use for cobalt.  Cobalt is also used to make airbags in automobiles; catalysts for the petroleum and chemical industries; cemented carbides (also called hardmetals) and diamond tools; corrosion- and wear-resistant alloys; drying agents for paints, varnishes, and inks; dyes and pigments; ground coats for porcelain enamels; high-speed steels; magnetic recording media; magnets; and steel-belted radial tires.


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    Other Sources of Information

    • Recycled Metals in the United States: A Sustainable Resource. Bureau of Mines Special Publication, 1993, 76 pp.
    • Chemical Industry Applications of Industrial Minerals and Metals. Bureau of Mines Special Publication, 1993, 158 pp.
    • Metal Prices in the United States through 1991. Bureau of Mines Special Publication, 1993, 201 pp.



    Kim Shedd

    Mineral Commodity Specialist
    National Minerals Information Center
    Phone: 703-648-4974