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The rigours of rare earths

By James Sean Dickson
Published: Thursday, 22 October 2015

After yet another trying twelve months for rare earths companies, the future for the industry remains uncertain. James Sean Dickson, Reporter, looks at recent market developments and the prospects for Western and Chinese producers amid conditions of oversupply and soft demand.

Like many mineral sectors in the mining industry, rare earths explorers and producers are unlikely to look over the first three quarters of 2015 favourably. It has been a torrid year, with abortive pricing rallies, the bankruptcy of one of the only non-Chinese miners and stubbornly weak demand. 

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