Rare earths latest news

  • July 2014

    South African government pressures mining firms to use local suppliers

    30 July 2014

    The attempt of the South African government to push mining industries to buy technology and services from local suppliers shows the intention of the country to take more profits from foreign companies, which, in turn, criticise the government’s weak leadership in addressing social tensions.

  • China sees rare earths exports rise in H1 2014

    29 July 2014

    By posting a 60.4% increase in rare earths exports during H1 2014, China shows its solid leadership as leading producer, with Japan and the US remaining the biggest importers. As exports are closely reaching the quotas imposed by the country, pressure might increases on junior producers and rare earths prices.

  • IM Rare Earths News in Brief 22 - 28 July

    28 July 2014

    Greenland Minerals and Energy appoints Tetra Tech for feasibility study

  • Video News: Inner Mongolia to increase rare earths exploration

    21 July 2014

    Albemarle to merge with Rockwood; Syrah sale “does not make sense”; Crimea plans port expansion

  • IM Rare Earths News in Brief: 15-21 July 2014

    21 July 2014

    Alkane Resources raises $20.8m cash for its Dubbo Zirconia project; Hastings Rare Metals reports positive results from Yangibana; investors set sights on Jamaica’s red mud bauxite for rare earths exploitation

  • China rare earths export quotas for 2014 remain flat

    17 July 2014

    China’s announcement that rare earths export quotas for the second half of 2014 are the same as 2013, show the country’s reluctance to comply with WTO’s ruling. However, the moderate increase in quotas compared to H1 2014 suggests a slowly reviving demand in the market.

  • Rwanda amends its mining licensing regime

    17 July 2014

    The amendment to the Mining Code opens Rwanda up for exploration as it allows for greater flexibility in the length of time a licence can be held. The country holds deposits of rare earths, kaolin, feldspar and silica sand, so this easing could spell more outside investment in the country’s mining sector.

  • Indonesia to develop downstream rare earths industry

    15 July 2014

    A rare earths consortium created by the Indonesian government involving state agencies, energy companies and universities shows the country’s intent to exploit and add value to its domestic rare earths, thorium and uranium resources by developing its downstream industry.

  • Mexico plans to develop domestic rare earths industry

    15 July 2014

    Mexican universities, research centres and government institutions are showing interest in exploring large rare earths resources in the country. Collaboration with South Korean companies is likely to speed up the development of a domestic supply chain in the Latin American country.

  • Stans Energy claims payment from Kyrgyzstan for its rare earths deposit

    15 July 2014

    The company’s request to the Kyrgyz government to pay damages caused by the dispute at its Kutessay II deposit, follows favourable ruling from the International Arbitration Court in Moscow, and the outcome will determine whether the company will continue with its Kutessay II development.

  • IM Rare Earths News in Brief: 8-14 July

    14 July 2014

    Tasman Metals produces heavy rare earths rich concentrate; Star Minerals starts exploration at its rare earths project in Saskatchewan; NioCorp completes samples analysis at its Elk Creek nobium project.

  • US Department of Defense urges assessment of rare earths supply risk

    11 July 2014

    The recent urgency from the agency in assessing the supply risks of rare earths for the US military industry, shows the strategic importance of these minerals and the will of the US to develop a strategy limiting its reliance on China.

  • China government to subsidise environmental and efficiency upgrades of rare earths companies

    10 July 2014

    China government’s decision to subsidise rare earths producers, which pursue a technological upgrade, shows the commitment of the country to address energy-efficiency and environmental issue and to boost production of value-added products in the industry.

  • Price Briefing 4 – 10 July

    10 July 2014

    Antimony and fertiliser mineral prices stable as weakness dogs DBM and zircon

  • Inner Mongolia to increase rare earths exploration

    09 July 2014

    The programme to increase mineral exploration in Inner Mongolia and the long-term contract signed by exploration company Eastern Field with a manufacturing consortium show China’s commitment to consolidating its rare earths industry and addressing its internal problems.

  • China sees rare earths exports rise in H1 2014

    07 July 2014

    Recent figures on rare earths exports from China Customs indicate a steady growth in rare earths demand, with export volumes almost reaching the exports quotas set by Beijing for the first half of 2014.

  • IM Rare Earths News in Brief: 1-7 July

    07 July 2014

    Commerce Resources updates resources from drilling operations; Greenland Minerals and Energy to provide samples to EURARE European project on rare earths processing; Terramin discovers despoits in South Australia

  • Russian Courts rule in favour of Stans Energy rare earths project

    03 July 2014

    The favourable verdict received from the International Arbitration Court enables the Canadian company to find a positive resolution of the dispute against the government of Kyrgyzstan about its Kutessay II rare earths project and to restart its development shortly.

  • Lynas to move HQ to Malaysia in cost cutting measure

    02 July 2014

    Barely a month in the job and new CEO Amanda Lacaze is making waves already. The move to streamline staff and move the company’s headquarters to Kula Lumpar makes sense financially – and with costs up 50% in Q1 year-on-year, it’s easy to see that the miner has to cut costs. But with dissent against Lynas continuing to rise in Malaysia, it may not be the easiest move the workforce will make.

  • Canada discusses strategies to become a world-leading rare earths supplier

    02 July 2014

    A report by the Canada’s House of Commons considers the future of the domestic rare earths industry with scientists, analysts and representatives of junior mining companies and demonstrates the country’s ambition to become a world leading supplier of rare earths by 2018.