Rare earths recycling and recovery: the two sides of the industry

By Antonio Torrisi
Published: Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The rare earths supply risk and consequent panic buying that emerged in 2011 paved the way for sluggish demand, oversupply and low prices. In light of this, recycling rare earths from downstream products might appear an unnecessary economic burden. Antonio Torrisi, Reporter, investigates how this technology can integrate with new mining projects to promote future stability and sustainability in the rare earths market.

The stability the rare earths industry experienced between 2000 and 2009 was broken in 2011-2012 by surging panic in international markets, generated by China’s ban of rare earths exports to Japan and tightening export quotas, following the territorial dispute over the Senkaku (or Diaoyu) Islands.

As a result,...

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