RE SPECIAL: Minerals for the digital age

By Simon Moores
Published: Tuesday, 25 May 2010

How heavy and light rare earth elements (REE) are fundamental to today’s most advance technology markets

Magnets

Primary REE:
Neodymium (Nd), Samarium (Sm)

Secondary REE:
Dysprosium (Dy)

Magnets are the driving market for rare earth demand. Not only is it the dominant consumer by volume (32%) and value (38%, $500-550m.), but the applications of magnets are in critical environmental and defence technologies.

Neodymium-iron-boron (Nd-Fe-B) has the highest strength of...

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