Trade wars, 'green' outlook rejuvenate rare earths

By William Clarke
Published: Monday, 12 October 2020

With government support for rare earths mining increasing, a growing number of miners – including mineral sands producers – now see value in a market that, for a long time, was effectively closed to non-Chinese producers due to its high costs and strict environmental regulations.

For decades, China has been by far the largest miner of rare earths – a group of 17 elements with unique magnetic and physical properties and a wide range of high-tech applications. And, more significantly perhaps, China also processes almost all the rare earth ores mined globally. Processing and refining...

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