imports of cobalt ore and concentrate rose 14.4 percent month
on month to 15,349 tonnes in September, according to the latest
Chinese customs data.
However, the tally remained 32.5
percent below the year-earlier tally, indicating that local
demand remains generally weak for raw materials due to an
"There is some demand from
smelters, although they all bargain hard," a cobalt concentrate
trader told AMM sister publication Metal
For the first eight months of 2012, Chinas cobalt
concentrate imports fell 48 percent to 140,711 tonnes.
A version of this article was first
published by AMM sister publication Metal