Monthly Archives: July 2019

Pentagon races to track US RareEarths output amid China trade dispute

REUTERS: The Pentagon is rapidly assessing the United States’ rare earths capability in a race to secure stable supply of the specialized material amid the country’s trade conflict with China, which controls the rare earths industry, according to a government document seen by Reuters. The push comes weeks after China threatened to curb exports to the United States of rare earths, a group of 17 minerals used to build fighter jets, tanks and a … Continue reading

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Innovation is needed in processing of battery raw materials

Spheroidized graphite flakes or “potatoes” at 20 micron diameter, under scanning electron microscope. Credit: M.Plan International. With the increasing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage technologies, there is little doubt demand will grow for battery raw materials that must be sourced from the mining industry. We expect automotive companies and battery manufacturers to invest US$300 billion in the sector in the next 10 years, and they will require new battery mineral deposits … Continue reading

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China Wrestles with the Toxic Aftermath of Rare Earth Mining

China Wrestles with the Toxic Aftermath of Rare Earth Mining China has been a major source of rare earth metals used in high-tech products, from smartphones to wind turbines. As cleanup of these mining sites begins, experts argue that global companies that have benefited from access to these metals should help foot the bill. By Michael Standaert • July 2, 2019 The mountains north of the village of Lingbeizhen in southern Jiangxi province no … Continue reading

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CNN: Trump – Xi meeting / TradeWar – China wants even more control over rare earths

Hong Kong (CNN Business) — China is preparing to tighten its grip on the supply of a group of minerals the global tech industry can’t live without. Chinese state media reported that the government of Jiangxi province was planning to provide support to China Southern Rare Earth Group (CSRE) — the biggest producer of heavy rare earths — “to increase its power and gain the upper hand and say in the resource.” Jiangxi, where … Continue reading

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