EVs and renewables drive rare earths resurrection

By IM Staff
Published: Monday, 02 October 2017

In a sector that seemed beyond hope of revival a year ago, prices for rare earths have been on the rise this year, thanks to renewed demand for the minerals from green energy applications, Rose Pengelly, IM Correspondent, finds.

Famously abundant but difficult to extract, rare earths have been the mining industry’s surprise comeback story of 2017, due largely to a revival of interest in electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy.

Following a spectacular boom in 2010 and bust in 2012, for the past five years the rare...

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