I’m currently in Washington D.C., ahead of a three-day meeting called “Managing Supply Chain Risks for Critical & Strategic Metals”. This meeting, co-chaired by Jack Lifton of Jack Lifton, LLC, and Lisa Reisman of Aptium Global, will no doubt be an interesting mix of discussions and participants. It looks to cover rare earth metals, minor metals, platinum group metals and lithium.The meeting includes sessions with titles such as:
- Key Questions Necessary to Ask of the Critical Metals Industry
- Do Stockpiles Work?
- Rare Earths – The Problem Child and Attention Deficit America
- The ‘Alternative Energy’ Metals
- Lithium Supply – Abundant Supply or At Risk?
- Mapping Supply Risk to Specific Sourcing Strategies
- Government Action in the Strategic Materials Market
- Is the Resource Base Available for the Scaling of Wind, Solar and Energy Storage?
There are of course plenty of other sessions too. I’ll try to post my thoughts and perspective on this meeting later this week, being particular mindful to note any commentary and perspective presented on the supply chain for permanent magnet materials, and their end uses.