Procuring Rare Earth and Rare Metal: Supply, Demand, Pricing, and Top Ten Companies

FARMINGTON, Conn., Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The first rare earths were discovered in the late 1700s, although commercial applications for these materials remained limited until the 1960s. Once the United States was the world's leading supplier but the mine was closed for environmental reasons. The Chinese then became dominant in production.


During the past twenty years there has been an explosion in demand for many items that require rare earth metals. Rare earth metals and alloys that contain them are used in many devices that people use every day such as: computer memory, DVD's, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, car catalytic converters, magnets, fluorescent lighting and much more. Other substances can be substituted for rare earth elements in their most important uses; however, these substitutes are usually much less effective and have a higher cost.

Global Information (GII) recommends four market research reports that evaluate mining projects worldwide, current and future availability of rare earths, and provide the status of companies that may change the availability and pricing of rare earths and rare metals. Executives and organizations can benefit by using these reports to plan procurement strategies, benchmark internal performance, and negotiate rare earth prices.

Rare Earths Elements in High-Tech Industries: Market Analysis and Forecasts Amid China's Trade Embargo

China, the world's largest rare earths producer, cut export quotas for the minerals needed to make hybrid cars and televisions by 72 percent for the second half, raising the possibility of a trade dispute with the U.S. Shipments will be capped at 7,976 metric tons, down from 28,417 tons for the same period a year ago, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce. Manufacturers of a broad spectrum of high-tech products are feeling the impact of price hikes in rare earth element-based processing materials because of the Chinese embargo.

The unique chemical, magnetic, electrical, and optical properties of rare earth elements have led to an ever increasing variety of applications. These uses range from automobile exhaust catalysts to consumer products that include phosphors in color television and flat panel displays (cell phones, portable DVDs, and laptops), to rechargeable batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles, and numerous medical devices. There are important defense applications such as jet fighter engines, missile guidance systems, antimissile defense, and space-based satellites and communication systems. Permanent magnets containing neodymium, are used in hard disk drives and wind turbines.

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Top Ten Companies in Rare Earths

This study highlights the details of the top ten rare earth companies and the details of their mines and products as well as technology advancements, executives and present financial situations of these companies. Some acknowledgement is made of how the geopolitical scene plays into the production and utilization of rare earths and the newer combinations of materials that are being investigated.

Companies profiled in this report include: Baota Steel Rare Earth Hi-Tech Co., Ltd., China Rare Earth Holdings Ltd., Solvay Group – Rhoda S.A., Indian Rare Earths Ltds., Molycorp Inc., Lynas Corporation, Mitsui Mining and Smelting, Irtysh Rare Earths Ltd., Gansu Rare Earth Group, and Arafura Resources Ltd.

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Rhenium: Global Industry Markets & Outlook, 9th edition 2013

In addition to its invaluable contribution to the stability of superalloys, the safety and the efficiency of aero engines, rhenium is used in reforming catalysts in the production of high octane petroleum additives. It is also used as a promoter in catalysts in gas-to-liquid operations, which, although small currently, may assume much greater importance in the long term in the light of the rapid expansion of shale gas output in the USA and elsewhere.

Because of fears concerning security of supply, rhenium prices and availability have shown periods of great volatility thereby discouraging alloy makers from relying on the metal.

This report provides a perspective on the rhenium market, giving both potential and existing producers and consumers the wherewithal on which to base their decisions. The report also assesses global rhenium resources associated with copper and molybdenum ores.

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Global and China Titanium Industry Report, 2012

Currently, the United States, Japan, Russia and China are the world's leading producers and consumers of titanium. However, due to the different levels of industrial development, there are variances in titanium consumption. Among them, approximately 60% of titanium in the US and Europe is utilized in the aerospace field; about 90% of Japanese titanium is applied in the industrial sector, while in China, 55% in the chemical field and 8.3% in the aerospace arena.

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