Critical minerals: booms, busts and price spike indicators

By Emma Hughes
Published: Friday, 27 February 2015

As the growth in next generation technologies – most notably green energy – continues to gain momentum, scrutiny is intensifying on the supply and sustainability of the raw materials that are facilitating these developments. IM Research analyses the market sensitivity of eight of these critical minerals.

Speciality applications and low annual consumption volumes for critical minerals and metals have earned these raw materials reputations as "minor" or "spice" materials. Compared with bulk commodities like iron ore, alumina and coal, the markets for cobalt, graphite, lithium, rare earths, vanadium, uranium, zircon  and potash are niche and relatively...

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