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China Sets Quotas on Export of Rare Earth Metals

Posted December 27th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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China has announced next year’s export quotas for its rare earth metals, elements widely used to manufacture electronic devices. The Commerce Ministry said Tuesday exporters will be allowed to sell 10,546 tons of rare earth metals in the first half of 2012. That amount will be split among 11 companies. The ministry said Chinese exports […]

China Raises Quotas on Rare Earth Exports

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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China is doubling its export quotas for rare earths – 17 elements vital to producing modern electronics and batteries. The move comes days after the World Trade Organization ruled the country had violated trade rules by limiting shipments of raw materials. The Ministry of Commerce said Thursday on its website that the quota for the […]

Japanese Scientists Announce Discovery of Rare Mineral Deposits

Posted July 4th, 2011 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Japanese scientists say vast deposits of rare earth minerals, crucial in making electronic goods, have been found on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. A team of researchers from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology announced the discovery Monday. The group said that deep sea mud in central and southeastern areas of the […]

Malaysia Demands New Safeguards on Rare Earths Refinery

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia says it will demand new safety measures from an Australian company at work on the first rare earth processing plant to be built outside China in decades. If approved, the plant could meet up to 30 percent of the world’s demand for the minerals, used in high-tech products ranging from smart phones to cruise […]


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