SeekingAlpha  Sep 10  Comment 
By Buffett Contrarian: Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE:MCP) and other rare earth elements (NYSEMKT:REE) miners such as Lynas, Corp. (OTCPK:LYSCF) are near their all time low price. This is the result of falling REE prices. China is doing several things that...
SeekingAlpha  Sep 9  Comment 
By Ben Kramer-Miller: Great Western Minerals (OTCQX:GWMGF) just announced (available on Sedar) that it would allow its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with an unnamed REE separation company to expire. This agreement, which was set up in April,...
DailyFinance  Sep 8  Comment 
Rare Element Resources Ltd. (the “Company”)(NYSE MKT: REE and TSX: RES), a mineral resource company advancing development of the Bear Lodge Critical Rare Earth Project (the “Project”) located in northeast Wyoming, is...
DailyFinance  Sep 4  Comment 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/04/14 -- Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (TSX:QRM)(NYSE MKT:QRM) announced today greatly improved production of a high purity rare earth and yttrium oxide concentrate from its new and substantially improved process...
The Economic Times  Sep 2  Comment 
Pricing of rare earth oxides remains a sticky point between India and Japan as the two countries try to revive an earlier agreement.
DailyFinance  Sep 2  Comment 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/02/14 -- Pele Mountain Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GEM)(OTCQX:GOLDF) ("Pele" or the "Company") announced today that a sample from its Eco Ridge Mine Rare Earth and Uranium Project ("Eco Ridge") has been...
SeekingAlpha  Aug 29  Comment 
By Alpha World: Beleaguered rare earth minerals company, Molycorp Inc. (NYSE:MCP) recently received a lifeline from Oaktree Capital Management (NYSE:OAK). The company's financials have been hit hard by production bottlenecks at its Mountain Pass...
Japan Today  Aug 28  Comment 
Tokyo and New Delhi will next week sign an agreement that will see around 2,000 tons of rare earths imported from India, a report said Thursday, as Japan looks to diversify supply away from China. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his...
Reuters  Aug 28  Comment 
India is commissioning a plant to produce up to 5,000 tonnes of rare earths a year, a state company official told Reuters, which could help it contribute about 5 percent to the global supply of the metals used in cameras, cars, iPhones and wind...
Resource Investor  Aug 27  Comment 
Those REE deposits in development that have the greatest chances of success are those that host a REE mineralization out of which a >30% TREO mineral concentrate can be produced


For more information on China's dominance of the global rare earth market, click here. Rare earth metals are a group of 17 elements with similar chemical structures with distinct properties. They are used in a wide range of electronic items and in fluorescent bulbs. Hybrid vehicles also use various rare earth metals. The growing demand from these industries is boosting the market for rare earth metals.

According to Transparency Market Research Report "Rare Earth Metals Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends and Forecast, 2012-2018" ( The global demand for rare earths was estimated to be over 140 kilo tons in 2010 and is expected to grow at a CAGR ranging from 10% to 10.5% from 2012 to 2018. The mechanical and metallurgical industry is the leading consumer of rare earth metals and accounts for approximately 32% of the total rare earth metals consumed in various markets. The mechanical and metallurgical industry is followed by glass and ceramics, chemical, energy and electronics, optics, and optoelectronics industries. Energy is expected to be the fastest growing segment for rare earths at a CAGR of over 17% from 2012 to 2018.

The market is primarily driven by the technological advancements in electronics and automobile industries which influence the usage of rare earth metals. However, the growing concerns regarding the impact of production, refining and recycling of rare earth metals on the environment are expected to hinder the market.

China is the leading supplier of rare earth metals and accounts for approximately 95% of the global production. In 2010, the Chinese government restricted the export of rare earth metals to 40% in order to gain the price advantage as the global prices surged to a record level following this announcement from the Chinese government. However, this gave other producers around the globe a chance to boost their production. In the twentieth century, U.S., India, Brazil, and South Africa were among the top producers of rare earth metals until China, in 1980, decided to heavily increase its production and became the leading producer of rare earth metals.

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