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As widely expected, the appeal by China to the World Trade Organization against an earlier ruling calling on the country to lift export quotas was rejected on Thursday. The China Commerce Ministry responded on Friday saying it will strengthen regulations on resources in line with WTO rules. China is responsible for roughly 90 percent of mined output of rare earths and is also the top user. The country downstream industry consumes 70 percent of global production. The easing of export restrictions as mandated by the WTO is not expected to have an influence on prices.

Exports since 200... More →
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Greg Klein reports that strong, shallow-depth rare earths mineralization continues as Commerce Resources announced four more infill holes from its Ashram deposit on June 16, this year (2015). The northern Quebec project winter/spring drill campaign collected infill results to upgrade the resource for a planned pre-feasibility study. Highlights include:

The mineralization in Hole EC15-119 contained 2.23% total rare earth oxides, 4.5% middle and heavy rare earth oxides and 5.8% fluorite over 32.02 metres, starting at 5.5 metres in downhole depth. As an example, this hole was collared ... More →
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The Commerce Ashram deposit is located in the Quebec Nunavik Territory and is 130 kms south of Kuujjuaq. The remote area where the project is located could be seen as a challenge as there is not a labor pool directly available around the proposed mine site, but that should not be an issue down the road as a lot of mines in the wider region have operated successfully for years. The Preliminary Economic Assessment at Ashram does include the cost of a camp and an airstrip, so the location issues are definitely being dealt with.

Additional exploration activities revealed there was a hig... 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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Commerce Resources Corp. announced the completion of the flotation pilot plant, the first phase in a series of flowsheet pilot plant tests on material from the Company 100 per cent owned Ashram Rare Earth Deposit in Quebec, Canada.

The primary objective of the pilot plant was to produce sufficient bulk quantities of flotation concentrate for downstream processing through to production of several kilograms of mixed rare earth concentrate, with a secondary objective of demonstrating flotation performance at the pilot level on a continuous basis. The Company is pleased to report that b... More →
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Commerce Resources drill results from the recently completed winter - spring drill program at the Ashram Rare Earth Deposit located in northern Quebec has intersected the strongest heavy-rare earth element mineralization to date from the project.

Highlights are as follows:

31.96 m of 1.65% TREO (304 ppm Dy oxide) at 18.5% MH-T in EC15-133, including 18.08 m of 1.49% TREO (359 ppm Dy oxide) at 23.5% MH-T
77.90 m of 1.68% TREO at 11.8% MH-T (174 ppm Dy oxide) in EC15-134
51.34 m of 2.46% TREO in EC15-134

The primary goal of the drill program was to incr... More →
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Greg Klein reports that Rare Earths metallurgical progress continues with a second round of tests on material from the Ashram deposit in Quebec, Commerce Resources announced July 20. Conducted at a mini-pilot plant in Colorado, the program intends to leach bulk flotation concentrate produced during Phase I. This leach pilot is part of a larger program to confirm the scalability of the total flowsheet and produce several kilograms of mixed rare earth carbonate concentrate and mixed RE chloride concentrate, the company stated. Commerce anticipates following the continuous mini-pilot operation ... More →
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Teresa Matich reports thatrare earth companies gained following the Rare Earths Report on 60 Minutes. In a segment entitled Modern Life Devices Under China Grip CBS Lesley Stahl told the story of how China rose to dominate the industry, putting the start of it all back in 1992, when Deng Xiaoping mentioned the importance of rare earths in a speech. Stahl also touched on how rare earths are used in a range of modern technologies, from cell phones to fighter jets, and suggested that end users are still largely dependent on supply from China. Certainly, that message seems to have resonated with t... More →
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On June 27th, 2014, James Kennedy made a presentation to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency at the IAEA world headquarters in Vienna. The technical paper is titled - Creating a Multi-National Development Platform - Thorium Energy and Rare Earth Value Chain, written by John Kutsch and James Kennedy. The paper discusses recent U.S. Federal legislation that offers a private sector solution to the economic and national security issues resulting from China monopoly control of rare earths. This legislation also provides a private sector solution for the long term safe storage of T... More →
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Tim Maverick reports that on March 22, 60 Minutes ran a segment on the rare earth industry, covering how important rare earth metals are in our modern, technology-based world. Tiny and very powerful magnets made from rare earths are crucial to our consumer gadgets, renewable energy production, and the defense industry. The report was nice to see. But I would not base any investment decisions on it. You see, the report was notable not for the information that was included in the segment, but for how much was left out or simply ignored. For instance, we do not have to mine to get rare earths. Ra... More →
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Raw materials are fundamental to the European economy, and they are essential for maintaining and improving our quality of life. Recent years have seen a rapid growth in the number of materials used across products. Securing reliable and undistorted access of certain raw materials is of growing concern within the European Union and across the globe. As a consequence of these circumstances, the Raw Materials Initiative was instigated to manage responses to raw materials issues at an EU level. Critical raw materials have a high economic importance to the EU combined with a high risk associated w... More →
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Emily Smith reports that geologists have discovered evidence of rare minerals in western Queensland that could be used to develop cutting edge technologies worth trillions of dollars. Experts from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and the University of Queensland found the evidence of platinum and gold as well as rare-earth elements used in technologies from hybrid vehicle batteries to super-conducting magnets.

Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham said the discovery could open up a whole new frontier for Queensland. Beyond the potential economic boost for Queensland... More →
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This DOE report examines the role of rare earth metals and other materials in the clean energy economy. It is an update of the 2010 Critical Materials Strategy, which highlighted the importance of certain materials to wind turbines, electric vehicles (EVs), photovoltaic (PV) thin films and energy-efficient lighting. The report includes updated criticality assessments, market analyses and technology analyses to address critical materials challenges. It was prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) based on data collected and research performed during 2011. The reports highlights include: ... More →
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Keith Nuthall and Mandy Kovacs report that Vietnam hosts a number of rich but largely undeveloped mineral resources and a new FTA with Europe is expected to see more resource investment flow into the country. One expert has warned that the deal could also ease the export passage of minerals smuggled from China.

Consultant Jim Hedrick, a past U.S. Geological Survey rare-earths specialist, told IM that the south China rare earths mines, which are a rich source of ion-adsorption clays containing valuable heavy rare-earth elements, are close to the border with northern Vietnam and are i... More →
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Raw materials are fundamental to the European economy, and they are essential for maintaining and improving our quality of life. Recent years have seen a rapid growth in the number of materials used across products. Securing reliable and undistorted access of certain raw materials is of growing concern within the EU and across the globe.

As a consequence of these circumstances, the Raw Materials Initiative was instigated to manage responses to raw materials issues at an EU level. Critical raw materials have a high economic importance to the EU combined with a high risk associated w... More →
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Rare earth elements are a group of 17 speciality metals used in high-tech products such as smart phones or wind turbines. Due to the lack of internal supply, the EU needs to import more than 90% of these metals, mainly from China. As the demand for rare earths is expected to grow, the EU aims to improve access to these metals, reduce their consumption and improve extraction conditions in Europe. To help secure the supply, the European Rare Earths Competency Network (ERECON) was established.

To address the issue of rare earth elements supply, the EC has brought together experts to fo... More →
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Stefan Lis reports that rare-earth experts have called for more exploration of the sector to bridge the demand-supply deficit of these elements due to increasing needs the world over. India has enormous potential in the sector as it has a long coastline rich in deposits but it has to ramp up its indigenous production, Prof Sidney Ribeiro, Institute of Chemistry, Sao Paulo State University, UNESP, Brazil said.

In this regard, he said private sector can play a crucial role in managing the demand-supply deficit. Prof Stefan Lis, Head, Rare Earth Department, and Adam Mickiewicz Univers... More →
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David Stanway reports that the fate of debt-ridden U.S. rare earth miner Molycorp rests on China efforts to crack down on networks that smuggled as much as 40,000 tonnes of the vital technology metals out of the country last year, driving down global prices.

Greenwood, Colorado-based Molycorp is the sole U.S. domestic supplier of rare earths used in everything from smartphones to military jet engines and hybrid vehicles. In 2011, it relaunched its huge Mountain Pass mine in California expecting prices to stay high after China, which dominates world supply, restricted exports. Last m... More →
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Frontier Rare Earths Limited announced the results of a Pre-feasibility Study prepared in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) on the Zandkopsdrift rare earth element project in South Africa. Zandkopsdrift is being developed by Frontier in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation, the wholly-owned mining and natural resource investment arm of the South Korean Government, which owns a 10% interest in the Project.

The results of the PFS indicate that the proposed development of Zandkopsdrift to produce a range of high purity, separated rare earths is bot... 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.

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Geomega Resources reported an updated mineral resource estimate for its Montviel rare earth and niobium project in Quebec. The current resource now stands at 82.4 million tonnes grading 1.51 percent total rare earth oxides (TREO) and 0.17 percent niobium oxide in the indicated category, and 184.2 million tonnes grading 1.43 percent TREO and 0.13 percent niobium oxide in the inferred category.

Geomega VP of Exploration, Alain Cayer, said that following the design conversion from open pit to underground mining, resources have been reclassified using new criteria compared to the initia... More →
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Rising demand for wind turbines, electronics, and electric vehicles is straining supplies of some rare earth elements. The world has become dependent on imports for rare earth minerals from China, a vast resource for rare earth elements. Rare earth elements -REEs- are used in the integrated circuits found in most electronics and smartphones, radar technologies and missile guidance systems.

Though REE resources are distributed across the world with 36 per cent located in China and 13 per cent in the United States - their production is dominated by China which produces 97 per cent o... More →
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Rare Earth Metals can be segmented by Geographies, Applications, Companies and Submarkets. Geographies of Rare Earth Metals are North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and South America, Africa, Middle East.

Applications of Rare Earth Metals are Permanent Magnet, Ceramic, Auto Catalyst, Fluid Catalytic Cracking -FCC- Catalyst, Phosphor -Phosphorescent Materials, Glass Polishing, Glass Additives, Battery Alloys and Non-battery Alloys.

Companies of Rare Earth Metals are Lynas Corp. Ltd., China Minmetals Rare Earth Co. Ltd., Arafura Resources Ltd., Great Western Minerals Group... More →
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The BS B2B Bureau reports that India will emerge as one of the key markets with rise in domestic production of motor vehicles. The global demand for rare earths is forecast to increase from 125,900 metric tonnes in 2014 to 149,500 metric tonnes in 2019, valued at $4.5 billion, according Freedonia Group new report. Highest increase is expected for the permanent magnet segment, boosted by expanding production of advanced neodymium magnets for applications such as wind turbines and hybrid and electric vehicles. Rising output of nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries is also expected to fuel rare ... More →
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Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. - GWMG or the Company, is a leader in the manufacture and supply of rare earth element-based metal alloys and holder of a low cost, high-grade critical rare earth element mineral property in the Western Cape province of South Africa, today reported its second quarter financial results through June 30, 2014, and provided an update on the Company activities. All amounts are presented in Canadian dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Highlights and Results

- Second quarter revenue increased 31 per cent to 5.6 million dollars over the... More →
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