Rare earths prices and news
Your guide to market trends, pricing dynamics and the global rare earths supply chain
The supply chain for rare earth materials and permanent magnets is complex, regionally concentrated and marked by a lack of transparent pricing. This can lead to unpredictable costs, budgeting difficulties and supply insecurity. Geopolitical tensions further add to this uncertainty.
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|Which rare earths prices we assess||Why these materials matter|
|Neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) oxide, 99pc, fob China, MB-NDP-0001||Light rare earth NdPr oxide (a combination of neodymium and praseodymium oxide) is the main building block (30%) of high-performance sintered NdFeB magnets. Energy-saving high-performance NdFeB magnets are the most efficient way of transforming electrical energy into propulsion in an electric vehicle. In offshore wind turbines, NdFeB magnets remove the requirement for complex gearing systems that are costly to service in remote locations. Demand for NdFeB magnets is growing sharply. and new mining and processing projects are developing around the world.|
|Dysprosium oxide 99.5pc, fob China, MB-DY-0001||Heavy rare earth dysprosium is added in small amounts to high-performance NdFeB magnets for EV motors* to maintain performance at high temperatures. A large share of global production of heavy rare earth ores is concentrated in Myanmar, a politically unstable jurisdiction, and supply is frequently disrupted. The industry is responding by identifying and developing new supply sources around the world and increasing the processing of monazite minerals. |
*Heavy rare earths are added to NdFeB magnets to maintain performance and efficiency at higher temperatures in motor applications. Offshore wind applications can use magnets based on light rare earths.
|Terbium oxide 99.99pc, fob China, MB-TB-0001||Another heavy rare earth, terbium is added in trace amounts to high-performance NdFeB magnets.|
|Neodymium oxide 99.5pc, cif Rotterdam, MB-ND-0001||Light rare earth neodymium has growing uses in water treatment and automotive catalysts to reduce emissions from ICE vehicles. It is also one of the most geographically diverse refined rare earth materials.|
|Gadolinium oxide 99.99-99.999pc fob China, MB-GD-0001||High-purity gadolinium has important applications in aerospace, nuclear power and medical diagnostics.|
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Consumers of non-Chinese, ESG-compliant rare earths products will need to pay a premium over prices for Chinese material and there is “no way around” it, Grant Smith, chairman of Less Common Metals (LCM), said at the Critical Minerals Association & Geological Society Business Forum in London on Monday November 27
Western Australia (WA), Australia’s largest state, will evaluate the possibility of developing cathode active materials (CAM) production once precursor CAM (pCAM) output is up and running, Bill Johnston, the state’s Minister of Mines and Petroleum, told Fastmarkets
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce will include rare earths in its Catalog of Energy and Resource Products Subject to Export Reporting, the ministry said on Tuesday November 7
Chinese rare earth producer Shenghe Resources has entered into a subscription agreement with Vital Metals Limited, increasing its resource reserves in overseas rare earth mining projects
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After seven years researching and developing a colemanite deposit project in Southern California, 5E Advanced Materials is prepared to begin operations at a small-scale boric acid plant during the fourth quarter of 2023, the company has told Fastmarkets
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