When North Americans wake up to the dangers of relying on China and Russia for essential metals like zinc, rare earths, antimony, niobium and scandium, the juniors now suffering with anemic stock prices could turn into cash producing machines worth writing home to mom about.
In this interview, Jack Lifton tells us how a non-Chinese international rare earth toll refinery would get separated rare earths downstream more efficiently, while simplifying miners' business plans. Find out which companies could be part of the solution.
In the announcement from the ministry, it was stated that the first round of quota allocations (totaling 24,904 t) will represent 80% of the quota allocations for 2012, which indicates that the total for the coming year will be 31,130 t of rare earths
The various rare-earth markets are interdependent in a complex way that depends on their end uses. Greedy stock promoters are no match for the forces of the market. "Announcements" are not solutions to problems of supply.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced the allocation of rare-earth export quotas to individual companies for the first half of 2011. The formula used remains largely the same as in prior years, with slight adjustments to the factor weightings.