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Dear REIA members and stakeholders,
In this week’s lead article, Florian Fizaine addresses the recycling rate of different metals embodied in computers and examines the effects of metal price, metal concentration in products, relative concentration ratio (i.e., primary vs. secondary supply), and embodied metal value on the recycling rate. Although the results reveal a significant effect of metal price on the recycling rate, the marginal response is low across different models.
We are happy to introduce a new study by our partners from the University of St Andrews U.K, where they explore luminescence of rare earth-bearing minerals as a tool for smart sorting. They focused on light emitted during X-irradiation (called X-Ray Excited Optical Luminescence, XEOL, or RadioLuminescence, RL) other than the XRF and XRT, the already tested methods for smart sorting. Other stories include news from REIA members Minviro, USA Rare Earth, project updates from Namibia Critical Metals, RareX Limited,  Medallion Resources, and market updates on e-mobility.
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REIA Webinar: Post CoViD Business Practices: Impact on REE Value Chain

Rare earth industry and its value chain partners have been no exception from the CoViD-19 impact.  As the virus spread has started to be in control, many countries and companies have already taken various measures to reduce the adverse impact with human safety as a high priority. Through this webinar, REIA seeks to illustrate the heterogenous impact of COVID-19 and how various organizations, including REIA members, adapted to the unprecedented situation brought by the pandemic and how they planned for a post-COVID-19 business scenario (Read more)

The economics of recycling rate: New insights from waste electrical and electronic equipment

Results show that for most unrecycled metals, achieving a minimum embodied value is unlikely, as it would require a median price increase by one or two order of magnitude. In addition, it seems that the recycling rate is more elastic to other technical factors, such as the metal concentration in products or the relative concentration ratio. While the findings suggest important public policy implications, more data and interdisciplinary research are required to support these preliminary results (Read more)

REIA Member Minviro secures investment for sustainable mining

Minviro, has received a £125k investment package from Sustainable Ventures which develop and invest in new sustainable businesses. In addition to the finance, they will also provide support and guidance through their Sustainable Accelerator Programme (Read more)

REE induced defects in minerals: A spectroscopic study – PhD thesis by Nicky Horsburgh

The purpose of the work was to explore the luminescence of rare earth-bearing minerals as a tool for smart sorting. She was able to show that most rare-earth ore minerals can be identified by their luminescence. She focused on light emitted during X-irradiation (called X-Ray Excited Optical Luminescence, XEOL, or RadioLuminescence, RL) since XRF and XRT are already tested methods for smart sorting. XEOL could form another channel alongside XRF or XRT data. The thesis itself is under embargo to allow her to publish her work but we are happy to hear from anyone interested in trying to take these ideas further into production. Supplementary data from the thesis will also be made available at the end of the embargo period (Read more)

Retaking control of the U.S. rare earth supply chain

USA Rare Earth, LLC, the funding and development partner of the Round Top Heavy Rare Earth and Critical Minerals Project in West Texas, together with Texas Mineral Resources Corp. (OTCQB:TMRC), announced on June 11, 2020, that its rare earth and critical minerals pilot plant processing facility in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, has received its required permits and its pilot plant is now being commissioned. At 2,000 tonnes per year, the USA Rare Earth Magnet Plant would produce approximately 17% of the current U.S. market, and would generate more than $140 million in annual sales. At present, no other NdFeB permanent magnet manufacturing plant is operational in the Americas (Read more)

Q&A: China's Grirem sees new energy aiding RE prices

China's rare earths market is facing mixed prospects as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has hit the global economy and manufacturing activity. The rapid growth in the new energy sector is expected to boost the rare earths market this year, although Covid-19 has dampened demand within and outside of China, Chinese producer Grirem Advanced Materials general manager Yu Dunbo told Argus (Read more)

Namibia Critical Metals successful drilling campaign on schedule to meet objectives at lofdal heavy rare earth jv

Namibia Critical Metals Inc. provides an update on progress on the Lofdal Heavy Rare Earths Project (“Lofdal”) in northern Namibia, which is a joint venture between the Company and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (“JOGMEC”). As previously announced (Company press release March 11, 2020) the Lofdal Joint Venture is operating under a Term 1 budget of CD$3,000,000 with the objectives of doubling the current resource size at Area 4 with a 7,700 m drill program, testing two high priority exploration targets with 1,500 m of drilling and carrying out further metallurgical test work to optimize the processing flow sheet (Read more)

RareX raises $2.3 million in strongly supported share placement

RareX Limited (“RareX” or “the Company”) (ASX: REE) is pleased to announce that it has received firm commitments to raise $2.3 million (before costs) through a strongly supported share placement to institutional and professional investors at A$0.05 per share, with 46 million new fully-paid ordinary shares to be issued (“Placement”) (Read more)

Medallion Resources CEO Mark Saxon: REE processing technology could unlock US supply

Saxon has been working with Medallion Resources for years and believes he has a unique opportunity to guide the company through potentially uncertain times moving forward. Because the United States has limited exposure to the REE supply chain, Saxon believes a US-based supplier could radically change the industry while potentially improving America’s economic footing (Read more)

An update on the rare earths sector and some promising rare earths stocks to consider

A brief review of the rare earths sector and latest news, including the US rare earths funding bill. A look at some promising rare earths miners with projects in USA, Australia, and Canada. Rare earth sector risks and further reading (Read more)

Germany: plug-in electric car sales increased in May 2020

New passenger car registrations in Germany decreased in May by 49.5% year-over-year to 168,148, which is not great news. However, against all odds, the plug-in segment is growing quickly - by 56% year-over-year to 12,333. The market share also remains very high - 7.3%. A closer look at the stats reveal that plug-in hybrids are expanding significantly faster than all-electric cars (Read more)

Siemens Gamesa’s flagship 14 MW turbine to power 1.4 GW Sofia offshore wind power project in the UK

Conditional order from innogy to use 100 units of new Siemens Gamesa SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine pending final investment decision. Project will have the capacity to generate enough electricity to power more than 1.2 million British households. The announcement takes the total conditional order backlog for the new offshore wind turbine to 4.3 GW, following conditional orders in Taiwan and the U.S (Read more)

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