US president intervenes to support rare-earth magnet capacity

By William Clarke
Published: Friday, 26 July 2019

The White House has ordered government leaders to ensure a full domestic rare-earth supply chain in the United States, citing national defense considerations.

US President Donald Trump has ordered the leaders of the country’s Congress to take steps to institute domestic capacity for the production of rare-earth metals and the manufacture of neodymium and samarium rare-earth magnets, saying that this capacity was "essential to the national defense."

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