The technology we increasingly rely on every day such as phones, tablets and personal computers are made up of different components. These components and other parts are made using raw materials that can be found in countries all over the world. Materials including aluminium, lithium and cobalt have been listed by the World Bank as likely to see heightened demand in the future as we become even more reliant on technology.

On 12 September at their special event in Cupertino, Apple announced their latest generation of hardware with a series of new iPhones and Apple Watch. While the technology giant no longer discloses pre-order numbers for their iPhone sales, the fulfilment of pre-orders for the iPhone X in 2017 experienced delays due to the scale of demand.