BCGS Symposium: Rare earth metallurgy remains extremely complex

By James Sean Dickson
Published: Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Metallurgical challenges in the rare earths sector are some of the toughest in the mining sector, delegates at the BCGS Strategic and Critical Materials event in British Columbia, Canada, heard last week. Despite this, full and proper piloting and a number of new technologies could see new market entrants overcome these obstacles.

Delegates attending the British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS)’s Symposium on Strategic and Critical Materials in Victoria, Canada, were told last week that processing remains one of the main barriers to new entrants in the rare earths industry.

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