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Shane Lasley reports that a Swiss investment fund with ties to Russia-born billionaire Vladimir Iorich has put in a bid to buy the shuttered Mountain Pass rare earth-element mine in California, raising red flags for U.S. lawmakers concerned about the U.S. dependence on foreign countries for REEs and other metals necessary to maintain the U.S. military high-tech arsenal.

To help promote domestic production of these strategic metals and block foreign firms from buying rare earth mines on U.S. soil, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, introduced the Materials Essential to American Leader... More →
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Matt Geiger opines that if there is one thing clear from the first few weeks in the White House, it is that the man relishes conflict. Political opponents, federal judges, trade partners, steadfast allies, it does not matter. If there is a conflict to be had, the new guy will seek it out. So far, China has been spared from his outbursts. This will not last for long.

When presented with conflict, China has not hesitated to cut exports of strategically important metals. Most recently, in 2010 the Chinese government shut down rare-earth exports to Japan virtually overnight, due to a te... More →
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Greg Klein reports that the appeal to Western markets is obvious, an advanced, low-cost rare earths project in a friendly jurisdiction. So even before the recent military build-up in the South China Sea, Commerce Resources experienced an increase in American requests for concentrate samples from its northern Quebec Ashram deposit. With the U.S. Navy now challenging Chinese territorial aggression, the confrontation seems to pit two superpowers against each other. But what does that really indicate?

It is actually one lonely small old Russian-built carrier against three U.S. Nimitz-cl... More →
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Jon Yeomans reports that investors will be able to buy a slice of a rare earth miner in Burundi after Rainbow Rare Earths revealed plans to list on the London Stock Exchange.
RRE wants to raise 5.7 million Pounds to dust off and restart the Gakara mine in the landlocked east African country, which operated for 30 years until 1978.

Rare earths enjoyed a flurry of interest at the start of the decade before prices cooled. However, RRE believes the minerals at Gukara, such as lanthanum, cerium and neodymium, will enjoy rising demand as they are needed in batteries, magnets and the ... More →
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Frik Els reports that REE demand will boom from 2020 onwards as growth rates of top end-use categories including electric vehicles, wind turbines and other hi-tech applications accelerate. Among the high-level findings of the report ...

Government-Led Initiatives will Fuel over Half of All New Demand Growth through 2025. Global rare earth demand has become inextricably and inadvertently linked to government policies, regulations, mandates, and initiatives concerning electric mobility, clean power generation, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, urbanization, and industry mod... More →
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Jocelyn Aspa reports that 2016 has been another challenging year for the rare earth industry. Nonetheless, analysts were not expecting much from the industry at the end of 2015. Analysts indicate that demand for select rare earth elements ought to remain healthy but disconnected from overall price.

Similarly, Industrial Minerals note that the Chinese supply will continue pulling down prices until there is a firm policy in place to shut down artisan mines, or the emergence of new demand.

Still, the rare earth industry is expected to recover at some point and some say the f... More →
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Courtney Fowler reports that the Nolans Rare Earths Project has gained major project status from the Commonwealth Government. Arafura Resources plans to mine neodymium and praseodymium at Nolans, near Aileron, 135 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs.

The chemical elements would then be transported to an offshore refinery for final chemical processing into high-value rare earth products, which are currently in high demand for electrical products across the world.

Arafura Northern Territory general manager Brian Fowler said the major project status was an important miles... More →
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Northern Minerals flagship project is the Browns Range project in Western Australia and has a number of deposits and prospects containing high-value dysprosium and other HREs, hosted in xenotime mineralisation. Dysprosium is an essential ingredient in the production of NdFeB (neodymium iron-boron) magnets used in clean energy and high technology solutions. The project xenotime mineralization facilitates the use of a relatively simple and cost-effective processing flowsheet to produce a high-grade dysprosium rich-mixed rare earth oxide.

Northern claims that one of the key features of... More →
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Innovation Metals Corp., a private Canadian company and the developer of the patent-pending RapidSX process, announced today the successful completion of a demonstration program to produce commercial-grade Pr-Nd oxide, using feedstock from the Minera Serra Verde deposit in Goias State, Brazil. IMC proprietary RapidSX solvent-extraction process was developed for the low-cost separation of rare-earth elements, nickel, cobalt and other technology metals.

Pr-Nd oxide is in increasing demand for the production of high-performance permanent magnets, used in a wide variety of industrial, ... More →
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Robin Bromby reports that an important quote was included in a paper written a couple of months ago for the London-based Royal Society of Chemistry by David Abraham, Director of the Technology, Rare and Electronic Materials Center in Washington, DC. The Abraham comments, and some new developments this week, add evidence to the strong case made here in InvestorIntel by Jack Lifton that, essentially, China wants to maintain its rare earth hegemony.

This week we have seen:

1. Fears expressed from South Korea that China could disrupt REE supplies if it takes offence to Seoul ... More →
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Richard Karn reports that a fundamental roadblock to globalization that we are far from overcoming is simply that different cultures and economic systems have different ways of conducting themselves and doing business. Human nature is such that we tend to believe everyone thinks and acts broadly as we do.

Western companies all too often make assumptions regarding things we take for granted, such as the profit motive or the sanctity of contractual law and property rights, that can be easily exploited by their counterparts in developing countries where such notions are often lax and s... More →
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Based on finalized rare-earth production data for 2015, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) ...

1. China
Mine Production - 105,000 tons

China dominates rare earth mineral production to such a degree that its export practices were recently challenged by the US European Union and Japan, resulting in a WTO ruling against the country rare-earth export quotas in 2014.

In the past, China has only exported 31,000 tons of its rare earth production. While the country claimed that the limitation was aimed at environmental protection, the WTO ruled that it... More →
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Scientists at the U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Lawrence Livermore Lab, and Eck Industries announced last week that they have developed a new variety of aluminium alloys that are more resistant to heat and are easier to work with than current alloys. Such alloys have the potential to re-invigorate production of rare-earth elements, which are key to electronics and other modern and emerging technologies.

When rare earths are mined and extracted, the majority of such found in the U.S. is cerium and lanthanum, which have limited large-volume uses. To address this problem, the... More →
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Three Department of Defense (DOD) offices have identified certain rare earth materials (rare earths) as critical for some defense applications, such as lasers, but DOD has not taken a comprehensive, department-wide approach to identifying which rare earths, if any, are critical to national security. Specifically, DOD offices have not yet agreed on what constitutes critical rare earths. Using different statutorily-based definitions, these offices have identified 15 of the 17 rare earths as critical over the last 5 years.

DOD current approach to identifying and mitigating risks associ... More →
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The Yangibana Rare Earth Project, integrating nine mining licences, is located in Wanna Station, approximately 270 km east-northeast of Carnarvon, in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. Six of the MLs, covering an area of 17 sq. km, are 100% owned by Hastings Technology Metals, while the remaining three MLs, covering an area of 31 sq. km, are held by the joint venture of Hastings (70%) and Rare Earth Minerals (REM-30%).

The scoping study for the project was completed in November 2015, the financial analysis for the prefeasibility study (PFS) was completed in April 2016, while ... More →
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Deepak Kumar Sahu reports that the Geological Survey of India expediting rare earth exploration work at Barme in India. As part of its strategy to counter the Chinese monopoly in rare earth element production, in a first, India plans to auction one such rare earth deposit in Rajasthan.

They had a detailed discussion with GSI (Geological Survey of India) and other ministry officials on rare earths in the country. They asked GSI to speed up geophysical studies and identify the blocks for one such deposit in Rajasthan, India mines secretary Balvinder Kumar told VCCircle.

The... More →
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One of 17 chemical elements classified as rare earths, dysprosium was first discovered by French chemist Lecoq de Boisbaudran in 1886 as an impurity in erbia, the oxide of erbium. However, pure samples of dysprosium were not produced until the 1950s.

Not all rare earth elements are actually rare, but this metal lives up to the label. Indeed, the name dysprosium is derived from the Greek work ...dysprositos, which translates to ...hard to get at.

Like the other lanthanides, dysprosium is found in monazite and bastnaesite deposits, but smaller quantities can also be found i... More →
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Greg Klein reports that as Molycorp bankruptcy leaves Lynas Corp the sole producer outside China, Core Consultants reportedly told Mining Indaba-16 to expect more rare earth project closures. But it is against this background of lower prices and higher supply that Commerce Resources continues to raise money and move its Ashram deposit in northern Quebec towards pre-feasibility. Clearly something distinguishes this project, which president Chris Grove is determined to develop into a low-cost producer competitive with China. That has potential customers interested.

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The USGS reports that The REE group is composed of 15 elements that range in atomic number from 57 (lanthanum) to 71 (lutetium) on the periodic table of elements, and are officially referred to as the lanthanoids, although they are commonly referred to as the lanthanides. The rare-earth element promethium (atomic number 61) is not included in discussions of REE deposits because the element is rare and unstable in nature. Yttrium (atomic number 39) is commonly regarded as an REE because of its chemical and physical similarities and affinities with the lanthanoids, and yttrium typically occurs i... More →
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Greg Klein reports that with a standout interval of 19.71% total rare earth oxides over 0.82 meters, the last two holes from Commerce Resources winter/spring season continued the Ashram deposit pattern of high grades close to surface. The infill drilling comprised part of a 31-hole, 4,146-meter program to upgrade the northern Quebec project resource for a pre-feasibility study. The latest assays show:

Hole EC15-135

2% total rare earth oxides, 4.6% middle and heavy rare earth oxides and 4.1% fluorite over 22.31 metres, starting at 9.62 metres in downhole depth

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Scott Koperski reports that following an announcement late last month that a company has successfully tested a scale cell for harvesting rare-earth elements from would-be mining waste, Rare Earth Salts has announced a new partnership in a program to recycle light bulbs. The Beatrice, Nebraska startup company signed a five-year commercial agreement with Rare Earth Recovery Sciences (RERS) to produce separated rare-earth oxides in Beatrice.

Rare Earth Recovery Sciences is a buyer of retorted phosphor powder from fluorescent light bulb. The agreement will launch the company to the prod... More →
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Andrew Topf reports that the U.S. earned less from its mines in 2015 and became more reliant on outside sources for critical metals, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The data comes from statistics gathered by the USGS on about 90 mineral commodities considered essential for the U.S. economy and national security. Concerns have been raised for years that the U.S. is too dependent on other countries, namely China, for rare-earth elements deemed essential for its aerospace and electronics industries, leading to suggestions that the U.S. create a strateg... More →
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Fan Feifei reports that the reorganization of the Chinese six major rare earth groups is expected to be complete by the end of June, 2016. Vice-Minister of Industry and Information Technology Xin Guobin said. The companies core competence will be enhanced, he said, through closing down factories, weeding out and transferring outdated capacity. All the substantive restructuring will be finished by the end of June.

He said ministry officials will also continue to implement targeted policies to support the reshuffle, and the six groups themselves will continue to improve their coordina... More →
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Dr. Reed M. Izatt opines that the military of 2016 differs in significant ways from that of a century ago. Weapons based on hydraulic and mechanical principles dominated the scene through much of the 20th century. The electronic-based weaponry of today is particularly impressive for its advanced capabilities. What is very well understood by the military, but less so by the average citizen, is that modern electronics-based weaponry depends on rare earth metals for its function.

Without such resources, including selected rare earth metals, much of this weaponry could not be manufactu... More →
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Michael Roddan, of the Australian Business Review, reports that Australian rare earths miner Lynas says it is striking more supply deals with customers who are seeking to hedge against another crisis in the metals market, as the company exceeds its production output for the first half of the financial year.

Lynas today said it produced 949 tonnes of NdPr during the three months to the end of December, bring its half-yearly output to 1,916 tonnes ... well above its creditor target of 1,860 tonnes. The strong production meant its interest rate under its debt facility reduced to 6.5% p... More →
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