The Australian  5 hrs ago  Comment 
Lynas directors are racing to keep the company afloat amid a continued downturn in prices of rare earths.
Forbes  Oct 22  Comment 
When some people, like China’s regime with rare earth metals, thinks they have cornered a market, they learn the hard way they haven’t. Competitors find ways to get around the supposed stranglehold on supply.
The Economic Times  Oct 19  Comment 
Rare earths are a special class of 17 elements that have extensive uses across various industries including computer and IT, clean energy systems and healthcare.  Oct 12  Comment 
Vast Resources plc / Ticker: VAST / Index: AIM / Sector: Mining 12 October 2016 Vast Resources plc ("Vast" or the "Company") JORC Resource Declared For Nkombwa Hill Phosphate and Rare Earth Element Project Vast Resources plc, the AIM ...
The Australian  Sep 28  Comment 
The struggling miner has narrowed losses but flagged debt renegotiations amid ongoing weakness in rare earth prices.
The Economic Times  Aug 2  Comment 
NMDC, which had earlier acquired a gold mine in Tanzania, is also mulling to set up a pilot gold refinery in the country.
WA Business News  Aug 2  Comment 
Rare earths hopeful Northern Minerals has attracted another Chinese investment group for a $30 million equity injection into its Browns Range project.
The Economic Times  Jul 19  Comment 
According to a study, such minerals will play a key role in nurturing domestic manufacturing to support govt's low-carbon plans, such as the 100GW solar power target, hybrid and electric vehicles and efficient lighting.
The Australian  Jul 17  Comment 
Rare earths miner Lynas has reported record quarterly sales as higher production offset continued low prices.


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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