Apple May Start Digging Deep for New Battery Strategy

Posted February 22, 2018

According to Bloomberg, the tech giant is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt directly from miners.

Such companies are also facing growing public pressure to use cobalt that has not been procured using supply chains that involve human rights violations, something Apple has received scrutiny for in the past.

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Apple is said to be securing contracts for the supply of several thousand metric tons of cobalt each year for five years or more. Its first discussions on cobalt deals with miners were more than a year ago, and it may end up deciding not to go ahead with any deal, another person said.

There is a growing demand for the mineral coming from electric cars which run on lithium ion batteries, but now around 25% of cobalt production is bought by smartphone companies. Companies such as BMW, Volkswagen and Samsung are also looking to lock up multi-year contracts for supplies of the metal to produce electric vehicles. Glencore, the mining multinational that operates in about 50 countries, has named Apple as one of the main customers it was talking to about cobalt, according to Bloomberg.

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The automobile sector has certainly pushed up the demand for cobalt, but it has not peaked yet, according to Darton Commodities, which specializes in the sale of cobalt. They're now embarking on research and development of cobalt-less batteries as a strategy to hedge against rising cobalt prices. Vehicle makers like BMW and Volkswagen are also looking to ink multi-year deals that would secure a constant flow of the rare metal.

Apple is now discussing the possibility of purchasing cobalt directly from miners instead of allowing third-party manufacturers to secure the necessary element. Apple has around 1.3 billion existing devices, while Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has been bullish about the prospects for electric vehicles. Over the past eighteen months, the price of cobalt has tripled to more than $80,000 a metric ton.

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One issue with the cobalt supply is proportion. About 60 percent of the world's cobalt supply comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and about 20 percent of it is mined by hand by children, Amnesty International reported in 2016.