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October 1, 2010

Rare-Earth Metals For the Future

Economics, workforce and R&D will determine the future of these critical technology metals

As demand for rare-earth metals in a wide range of technology applications continues to increase, efforts to reestablish mining and production of rare-earth elements (REEs) is underway outside China, currently the dominant force in REE production. Future supplies of REEs and the myriad products in which they appear will depend less on absolute geological reserves and global trade politics and more on issues of economic viability, workforce development and technological innovation....

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