Sumitomo confirms test production of Kazakh rare earths

Published: Friday, 17 October 2014

Through its JV with Kazatomprom, the company is preparing to go into commercial production of rare earths, most likely targeting Japanese demand driven by the advanced electronic market. However, project delays have cast doubts on targeted production, which was due to begin in 2013.

By Julian Ryall and Hanna Lange-Chenier

Japan's Sumitomo Corp. has commenced test production of rare earth elements in its joint venture (JV) with Kazatomprom, the national atomic energy company of Kazakhstan.

In a statement sent to IM, a spokesperson for Sumitomo in Tokyo confirmed: "Currently, we are producing a small...