Rough year for global rare earths as illegal mining takes its toll

By IM Staff
Published: Thursday, 22 October 2015

The continuation of illegal mining in China, low prices and substitution made 2015 a difficult year for the rare earths industry and miners face a challenging year ahead, Rachel Carnac, discusses.

It might be an understatement to describe the past year as an extremely tough one for the rare earths industry. While these are difficult times for the entire metals and minerals complex, with prices largely dragged lower by the double whammy of global oversupply and the downturn in China’s economic...

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