What Does the Future Hold for Rare-Earth Supply, Demand and Pricing?

by Gareth Hatch on November 28, 2014 · 0 comments

in Applications, Batteries, Catalytic Converters, News Analysis, Permanent Magnets, Rare Earths, Tools & Metrics

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You hardly need me to point out that the rare-earth junior mining sector is in a challenging place right now. The current state of rare-earth prices and their impact on the market cap of pretty much every company in the sector, has everyone concerned.

Are things going to get better? Are future rare-earth prices going to reach the numbers predicted in recent scoping and pre-feasibility studies? What will be the effects of the ongoing crackdown on illegal mining in China? What will the demand profile for individual rare earths really be, in the not-too-distant future?

These questions and more like them, were the basis of a 12-month-long ‘deep-dive’ study of the rare-earth sector by Adamas Intelligence. Adamas recently concluded that study and has published its findings in a 573-page report, titled “Rare Earth Market Outlook: Supply, Demand and Pricing from 2014-2020“.

I recently got together with Ryan Castilloux, founder of Adamas and the lead author on the report (which also looks at the period 2008-2013), to discuss some of its major findings.

We put together a 30-minute video of the discussion, which gets into the structure and content of the report, as well as featuring key data and charts to describe top-level data.

The good news? The market and prices are set to bounce back, particularly in the face of growing demand for individual rare earths, for specific applications.

Ryan has done a masterful job with this report, which is just about the most comprehensive review of the rare-earth sector that I’ve ever seen.

You can access the free video by clicking here or by clicking the image above. Get in touch with us if you have any questions on the discussion, or the report itself; and look out for details of a second video that we’re working on, discussing some exciting emerging end-use applications for rare earths, which could have a further positive impact on rare-earth demand before 2020.

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