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Journal of Metals provides an update on the activities of the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR3), and focuses on the importance of recycling of rare earths to mitigate the so-called Balance Problem. The CR3 is a research center established by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Colorado School of Mines, and KU Leuven. 28 corporations and national laboratories along with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation Industry University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program are sponsors of the center. The balance between the demand of the economic markets and the natural ... More →
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Christian Nordqvist reports that a significant rare earth element and poly-metallic claim discovery was announced by Compania Minera Rio Sol SAC and RioSol SAC LLC in Peru on Wednesday. The report suggests the 10-kilometer claim is the largest rare earth discovery ever made in Peru, containing LREEs (light rare earth elements) and HREEs (heavy rare earth elements and metals). According to third-party geology and geochemical analyses, the claim, which is located about 95 kilometers - 59 miles - northwest of Cusco, is the largest in Peru history.

The claim is one of the newest rare ea... More →
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The Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub, has created a new chemical process that makes use of the widely available rare-earth metal cerium to improve the manufacture of nylon. The process uses a cerium-based material made into nanometer-sized particles with a palladium catalyst to produce cyclohexanone, a key ingredient in the production of nylon.

Traditional methods of producing cyclohexanone involve high temperatures and high pressure, and necessitate the use of hydrogen. After a lot of trials, we managed to find a reaction that works very well... 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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Teresa Matich reports that lately there have been several new discoveries of rare earths mineralization, and at least one company has expanded mineralization at its project through additional drilling. The news is encouraging in that while rare earths are not actually very rare in terms of distribution in the Earth crust, it is difficult to find deposits that are economically mineable.

Search Minerals reported a new rare earths discovery in the Port Hope Simpson REE district in Labrador. It is the second REE discovery in the area, with the first being the Foxtrot deposit. So far th... More →
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Kirstin Linnenkoper reports that the rare-earth metals market will increase 14% in the period from 2015 to 2019, as predicted in a new study from ReportsNReports. Expansion in the supplier base will drastically change the supplier landscape and is expected to lead to a softening of prices going forward, the analysts contend.

Worldwide demand for rare earths is projected to increase 3.5% per annum to 149,500 tonnes in 2019, valued at US$4.5 billion, the study says. In terms of consumption, China accounted for around 63% of market share during 2014 and is expected to maintain its lead... More →
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As if classified as a top-secret government project, the group of metals known as the rare earth was so shrouded in complexity that it took 151 years from the discovery of the first rare-earth element in 1794, for the final element to be discovered in 1945. The principal ore mineral of the group was for years, bastnasite, which rarely appears in the leading mineralogy texts. The long names of the rare-earth elements and some unusual arrangements of letters, many Scandinavian in origin, may have challenged and intimidated even those skilled in phonics. In fact, ion-exchange separation technolog... More →
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A number of countries are interested in mining underground resources from North Korea.
China, Russia as well as Britain and the United States all have their eyes on the reclusive state natural resources. Japan, in particular, has actively paid attention to the rare earth elements available in the country.

Rare earth elements are essential raw materials that can be used to make components for cell phones, computers, cars and generators due to their outstanding geochemical properties. In fact, these elements are often referred to as the vitamins of the tech industry. As ties be... More →
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In 1980s, the smelting separation technology popularized in three state-owned rare earth factories situated in Baotou, Shanghai and Zhujiang was spread over China quickly, and the productivity of Chinese smelting separation products of rare earth also expanded promptly. At present, China mainly concentrates on three rare earth resources, forming three production bases: northern rare earth production base with hybrid rare earth minerals as raw materials is led by Baotou Rare Earth High-tech Company and Gansu Rare Earth Company. Medium-heavy rare earth production base with southern ionic ores as... More →
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Eugene Gerden reports that Russia plans to end imports of rare earths by 2020, and fully provide its own needs by domestic production, according to an official spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade.

This is expected to be achieved thanks to the beginning of development of the Tomtorsky rare earth element (REE), field in Yakutsk, a territory of Russia, located in the far eastern region of the country, as well as other REE fields. In the case of Tomtorsky field, so far, exploratory and drilling works have already started on the Burannoey section of the field with the... More →
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Teresa Matich reports that at the PDAC conference in Toronto this year, Ryan Castilloux, founding director and industry analyst at Adamas Intelligence, discussed his predictions for rare-earths prices, specifically giving his thoughts on several heavy rare-earths prices. Specifically, he stated that his predictions for increases in dysprosium prices and in terbium prices are holding up well so far in 2015 and added that the gap is closing between neodymium prices and praseodymium prices. He cited increased demand from magnet manufacturers as one of the drivers behind those gains.

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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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Andrew Lee reports that Siemens has tapped U.S.- based rare-earths specialist Molycorp to supply materials for use in its direct-drive wind turbines. The German group will be supplied under a 10-year deal from the Molycorp facility in Mountain Pass, California.

Like other wind OEMs that produce direct-drive turbines, Siemens relies on supplies of rare-earth metals needed for permanent-magnet generators. Supplies of the materials are dominated by China, which for many years kept a tight rein on their availability via export quotas, and had the power to send foreign users into a panic... 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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Clint Jasper report that a handful of Australian companies are angling to enter the global rare earths market, with hopes of becoming strategic suppliers of key elements in the production of electric and hybrid cars, smartphones and wind turbines.

The 17 chemical elements that make up the rare earths group are, in fact, fairly commonly found, although not often in quantities that are worth extracting. And not all rare earths are valued equally, some are almost worthless, while the magnet metals, neodymium, praseodymium and dysprosium, are what Australian companies call the sweet spo... More →
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Cecilia Jamasmie reports that while analysts are predicting a rebound in hard-hit rare earth prices later this year, the question that remains unanswered is whether companies outside China, the largest producer, will be able to challenge its dominance.

Melody Bomgardner, a senior editor at Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, is not so sure. In a piece published this week, he argues that most of the mining companies that once bet on rare earths are now facing a contradictory reality, as they are working to hike output at a time o... More →
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute reports that in an effort to help develop a sustainable domestic supply of rare earth elements and lessen the U.S. dependence on China for materials that are vital to the production of electronics, wind turbines and many other technologies, two researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed a method of extracting rare earths from the drive units and motors of discarded electric and hybrid cars.

With support from the WPI Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling, Marion Emmert, assistant professor of chemistry, chemical engineering, and... More →
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This 2011 paper by Ernst and Young builds on their analysis of the technology minerals sector contained in their previous paper, Material risk - Access to technology minerals. In that paper they considered the critical minerals supply risk issue for the high-tech industry. They concluded that there is an urgency for projects to be brought into production if they are to participate in the period of elevated prices. Over the last 12 months, there has been a surge in interest from the global press, along with serious concern from various worldwide government organizations regarding these technolo... More →
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Texas Mineral Resources Corp., an exploration company targeting the heavy rare earths and a variety of other high-value elements and industrial minerals, is pleased to announce support for Congressman Duncan Hunter H.R. 1407 METALS bill, introduced on March 7th, as the Materials Essential To American Leadership and Security Act. The full text of the bill may be found at the following link:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1407/text

The bill seeks to, among other things, create a working capital fund administered by the DOD Logistics Agency (DLA) th... More →
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Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. announced it has entered into a uranium offtake agreement with a subsidiary of AREVA, the largest nuclear and renewables energy company in the world. According to the agreement, TRER will supply up to 300,000 pounds of natural uranium concentrates i.e., U308, per year based upon a pricing formula indexed to U308 spot prices at the times of delivery.

The Agreement is for a term of five years commencing in 2018 or as soon thereafter, contingent upon development and production at its Round Top project. Other terms and conditions of the Agreement ref... More →
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Texas Rare Earth Resources closed a private placement for gross proceeds of $659,500. Proceeds will be used for working capital and to advance the company Round Top project. The private placement included significant participation from existing institutional shareholders.

No fees or commissions were paid in connection with the placement. The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the private placement for working capital to advance the Company Round Top Project through continued metallurgical research and development, including fulfilling the Company contract with the Departmen... More →
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TMR is an exploration company targeting the heavy-rare earths and a variety of other high-value elements and industrial minerals (U, Sc, and Li), announces that the Company will change its corporate name to Texas Mineral Resources Corp.

Their increasing confidence in the ion exchange and ion chromatography process in separating and purifying the strategically vital heavy rare-earth elements present in the Round Top ore now permits them to begin to examine the production and marketing of the variety of other elements that are leached from the rhyolite host rock.

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Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp., an exploration company targeting the heavy rare earths, reports that review of existing data and additional work by K-Tech Inc. at their lab in Lakeland, Florida indicate that potentially economically significant amounts of scandium are being leached from the Round Top rhyolite.

Initial column leach tests were conducted by RDI Inc. in Denver, Colorado in 2013. These results led to TRER adoption of the heap leaching model for extraction of rare earth from the Round Top ore. Since that time the Company has reviewed the raw data to evaluate the potenti... More →
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Texas Rare Earth Resources, Inc. reports that it is imperative to re-establish the United States as the leader in technology, production and refining of the strategically vital heavy rare earth elements. They intend to be the secure supplier of these elements which are the foundation of the U.S. defense and technological infrastructure. Their Round Top deposit is uniquely situated to fill this vital National need.

According to the 2011 Critical Materials Report issued from the U.S. Department of Energy, five of the rare earth elements were found to be critical in terms of supply ris... More →
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Benjamin Stupples and Agnieszka De Sousa report that rare earth minerals are not so rare anymore, thanks to China. Chinese exports of the minerals doubled in July from a year earlier, reaching the highest level in more than four years, according to government data. Shipments advanced after the country last year scrapped its 15-year-old export controls, and then in April removed a tax on ore shipments.

The group of 17 rare earths are used in everything from smart phones to electric cars to cruise missiles. China still accounts for more than 80 percent of global production, primarily ... More →
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