Rare earths latest news

  • June 2016

    Arafura cuts production targets for Nolans rare earth project

    28 June 2016

    Australia-based rare earths junior Arafura Resources has made a number of adjustments to its Nolans Bore rare earths project following a review, including a reduction in output and a decrease in capex.

  • Brexit: Future of R&D funding for mining sector uncertain

    28 June 2016

    As confusion continues following the shock decision by the UK public to leave the EU last week, one area likely to be hit hard is research and development, where Brussels has traditionally provided significant levels of financial support. Government bodies have urged calm, however, and indicated nothing is likely to change in the short term.

  • Rare earths aluminium alloy cable production starts in Northwest China

    27 June 2016

    In a move that could mark a new end market for rare earths, Gansu Xibeizhiguang Cable Co. has begun producing rare earth and high iron aluminium alloy cables in Lanzhou city, China. A company in China has started producing rare earth and high iron aluminium alloy cables, potentially a new end market for rare earths.

  • Price Briefing 17-23 June 2016

    24 June 2016

    Future of European markets uncertain as UK votes to leave the EU; fluorspar prices experience further drops; chromite market stabilises; oil price holds barite steady.

  • China keeps up fighting talk against illegal rare earths

    23 June 2016

    The Chinese government last week sent a team of inspectors to southern China to evaluate progress being made to stop unauthorised rare earths mining, as the country continues to battle against a problem which it blames for dragging down rare earths prices.

  • Jiangmen city pushes development of rare earth battery cathodes

    23 June 2016

    The southern Chinese city benefits from having large nearby deposits of heavy rare earths and being part of the Pearl River industrial trading hub, close to Hong Kong. The city’s government is looking to steal a march on growing demand for battery materials by establishing an industrial cluster for producing rare earth additives for lithium-ion technology.

  • China makes headway in rare earth processing

    23 June 2016

    As environmental regulations become more stringent in the country, research is being carried out into new rare earth processing techniques.

  • Xiamen Tungsten hangs onto profit and eyes NdFeB capacity expansion

    22 June 2016

    Robust demand for permanent magnets from the electric vehicle, wind and appliances sectors have helped one of China’s leading vertically integrated rare earths producers to report healthy earnings for the first quarter of this year, despite the persistent gloom hanging over prices for the minerals, while Jiangxi province is looking to take advantage of this trend by tripling its magnetic materials output.

  • Rare earth stockpiling failure leaves prices low

    21 June 2016

    Plans to boost prices via the Chinese government's stockpiling initiative have failed, leaving hopes for rare earth price rises pinned on demand increases in new and existing markets.

  • India partners with Namibia for energy minerals

    20 June 2016

    India has extended its ties with Namibia to fulfil its mineral requirements for civil nuclear purposes. While the details regarding the agreement are vague, the deal is likely to involve the trade of other metallic and non-metallic minerals.

  • India to pen new policy to boost rare earth exploration

    17 June 2016

    The Government of India has decided to release a new policy framework to encourage private sector investment and exploration of its rare earth deposits via auctioning route.

  • IM23: Europe attempts to cut dependence on Chinese rare earths

    16 June 2016

    Europe is finding ways to replace rare earths in the end-user chain and looking to develop new mines to reduce its dependence on China , delegates heard during the 23rd Industrial Minerals congress in Prague.

  • IM23: Latest trends shaping China’s markets

    15 June 2016

    As the biggest supplier and consumer of industrial minerals, China was a main focus of discussion at this week’s 23rd IM Congress in Prague, with attendees looking to understand the impact of the latest policies introduced by Beijing on the industrial minerals market.

  • First collective net loss for Top 40 mining companies

    07 June 2016

    2015 marked a $27bn net loss for the Top 40 mining companies by market capitalisation according to PwC's latest mining report, with consolidation and cost cutting likely to continue throughout 2016. Notably though, last year also marked the first time a lithium company made it into the Top 40 list as focus shifts away from coal.

  • Guangdong Rising Nonferrous Metals consolidates rare earths supply

    02 June 2016

    Guangdong Rising Nonferrous Metals Co., a subsidiary of the six largest rare earths producers in China, has announced it will consolidate supply, addressing source materials and its resource reserve situation.

  • Chinese rare earth industry stimulated by favourable policies

    02 June 2016

    New regulations on rare earth mining, smelting and supply are expected to enforce output quotas in China, with national and local governments coming together to tackle illegal production.

  • Rare earth production from Baotou surges in Q1

    01 June 2016

    Stimulated by constant favourable policies this year, production of rare earths from China’s Baotou region increased over the first quarter of 2016.