As cobalt becomes increasingly important in powering technology, the U.S. government has identified it as a critical mineral for securing national interests. This reflects a rise in demand that is already affecting a number of companies. First Cobalt Corp. (TSX.V: FCC) (OTCQX: FTSSF) (FTSSF Profile) is using the opportunity to establish mining and processing facilities in the United States and Canada, powered by a recent merger. Glencore PLC ADR (OTC: GLNCY) continues to benefit from its Katanga mine, which is expected to produce 42 percent more cobalt this year in response to demand. eCobalt Solutions, Inc. (OTCQX: ECSIF) is developing a fresh source of cobalt in Idaho, increasing America’s ability to provide for itself. Demand for the precious mineral comes from tech companies such as Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), which needs cobalt to power a dramatic rise in production of its electric cars. Tesla is competing for resources with the likes of Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), which is moving towards directly sourcing the cobalt needed for its device batteries.
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About First Cobalt Corp.
First Cobalt aims to create the largest pure-play cobalt exploration and development company in the world. First Cobalt controls over 10,000 hectares of prospective land covering over 50 historic mines as well as mineral processing facilities in the Cobalt Camp in Ontario, Canada. The First Cobalt Refinery is the only permitted facility in North America capable of producing cobalt battery materials. First Cobalt seeks to build shareholder value through new discovery, mineral processing and growth opportunities, with a focus on North America. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.FirstCobalt.com.
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