RE SPECIAL: Earth, wind & fire

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Published: Tuesday, 25 May 2010

From wind turbines to missiles, rare earth based magnets can been seen as strategic in many ways. But why are they so special? Can they be replaced? And does the magnet industry have an over-reliance on a product derived from a source controlled by China and on the verge of a supply crisis? Simon Moores talked with Gareth Hatch of Technology Metals Research, LLC to find out

Magnets have been at the heart of the furore surrounding the rare earth industry. The present and future use of rare earth permanent magnets in key defence and green technologies, from missiles to electric vehicles to wind turbine generators’ have been a primary reason for the attention that this group...

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