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The Critical & Strategic Metals Shindig

28. October 2009

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The Critical & Strategic Metals Shindig

I know I’ve been rather lax in following up on my last post here, sent just before the Critical & Strategic Metals Conference in Washington DC last week.  It was a most interesting event.  It gave many folks a chance to interact with other parts of the supply chain that they might not have directly […]

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Critical & Strategic Metals: The Big Pow Wow in Washington D.C.

19. October 2009

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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 […]

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Running the Gauntlet: Rare Earths, Specialty Metals and Turf Wars Inside the Beltway – Part 4

27. September 2009

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This is the last in a four-part series of articles on the current scrutiny being given to rare earths by the US Congress and US Department of Defense, in the context of national security considerations.  The third part can be accessed here. The full white paper can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. […]

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Running the Gauntlet: Rare Earths, Specialty Metals and Turf Wars Inside the Beltway – Part 3

27. September 2009

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This is the third in a four-part series of articles on the current scrutiny being given to rare earths by the US Congress and US Department of Defense, in the context of national security considerations.  The second part can be accessed here. The full white paper can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. […]

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Running the Gauntlet: Rare Earths, Specialty Metals and Turf Wars Inside the Beltway – Part 2

27. September 2009

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This is the second in a four-part series of articles on the current scrutiny being given to rare earths by the US Congress and US Department of Defense, in the context of national security considerations.  The first part can be accessed here. The full white paper can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. […]

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Running the Gauntlet: Rare Earths, Specialty Metals and Turf Wars Inside the Beltway – Part 1

27. September 2009

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This is the first in a four-part series of articles on the current scrutiny being given to rare earths by the US Congress and US Department of Defense, in the context of national security considerations.  The full white paper can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. Introduction The rare earths are a group […]

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The Sky Is Not Falling: A Different Perspective On The Chinese MIIT Report On Rare Earths

1. September 2009

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In recent days we’ve seen a flurry of activity concerning reports that the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has called for a total ban on foreign shipments of certain rare earths elements. These reports also claim that other rare earth metals including neodymium, would be restricted to a combined export quota of 35,000 […]

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New White Paper On Rare Earths & Specialty Metals

24. August 2009

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I have just uploaded the pre-print of a new white paper titled “Running the Gauntlet: Rare Earths, Specialty Metals and Turf Wars Within the Beltway“. I started work on this after discovering that rare earth materials feature prominently in current legislation going through the US Congress.  Posted below are the first few paragraphs of the […]

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Molycorp Lays Out Game Plan For Future Mining

12. August 2009

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Yesterday, Molycorp Minerals, LLC issued a press release laying out its plans for renewed mining of rare earth materials at its Mountain Pass facility in California. Molycorp indicates that they plan to get through processing the currently stockpiled ore from previous mining activities, before resuming active mining again in 2012.  After enough ore has been […]

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Dates Announced For China Magnetics 2009 Conference

29. July 2009

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Dates Announced For China Magnetics 2009 Conference

Earlier today IntertechPira, the organizers of the China Magnetics Conference series, announced details of the 8th Conference in the series, to take place October 26-28, 2009 in Shanghai, China. The organizers indicate that this important event will bring together “all parts of the permanent magnets supply chain for an in-depth discussion of recent developments, as […]

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