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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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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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Permanent Magnets For Wind Turbines: An Alternative Viewpoint

28. July 2009

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Permanent Magnets For Wind Turbines: An Alternative Viewpoint

In the Summer 2009 edition of Magnetics Business & Technology, Tony Morcos of ACM Magnetics wrote an excellent article that dissects the growing conventional wisdom that near- and medium-term future growth in wind turbine production, will lead to vast shortages of neodymium-based [Nd-Fe-B] permanent magnets. Tony points out that permanent magnets are just one option […]

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The Growing Challenge of Procuring Rare Earth Elements

26. July 2009

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The Growing Challenge of Procuring Rare Earth Elements

Within just the last few weeks, there have been a number of announcements in the media that indicate the importance of securing the rare earth element [REE] supply chain across a number of industries.  For example: The Letter of Intent to form a Joint Venture between Molycorp Minerals and Arnold Magnetic Technologies to produce rare earth […]

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Blogging About Rare Metals

22. July 2009

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The Rare Metal Blog [RMB] came online late last year, created by the folks at Pro-Edge Consultants as a resource for investors, developers and any one else interested in the extraction, processing and end uses of rare metals [which include the rare earth elements, of course a vital part of Nd-Fe-B and Sm-Co permanent magnets] and […]

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