News from our World of Metals

2022-12-14
China Dominates the Rare Earths Market. This U.S. Mine Is Trying to Change That. Great analysis of the situation. Thanks to Lara Seligman at POLITICO. politico.com • 2 min read
2022-12-09
Japan, Congo agree to cooperate on stable supply of rare metals “Highly-sought rare metals, such as #cobalt, find use in car #batteries, and #Congo is the world’s top producer of the metal, accounting for 74% of global output in 2021.” mining.com • 1 min read
2022-12-08
Hitachi Metals developing EV motors with less China rare earths “The company is now developing ferrite-based #magnets, which are about one-fifth the price of the #neodymium magnets and made mainly from widely available #iron oxide.” “Hitachi Metals has devised a way to position and populate ferrite #magnets in EV motors to increase motor-rotation speed and achieve the same maximum output as their #neodymium counterparts.” “#Neodymium magnets were invented in the 1980s by Masato Sagawa, a former employee of Sumitomo Special Metals, which was later absorbed by Hitachi Metals.” asia.nikkei.com • 3 min read
2022-12-02
Ship traded rare metals by traveling in Middle East 2,000 years - study "researchers in the study have found out that communities of pastoralists in Uzbekistan today produced a third of the #tin found aboard the ship. The other two-thirds are from the Taurus Mountains of Turkey." jpost.com • 2 min read
2022-11-29
Innovative "Vacuum Cleaner" Collects Rare Metals from the Sea Floor “In the midst of increased demand, the mining industry is looking for innovative ways to obtain #raremetals such as #nickel, #cobalt, #copper, and #manganese for renewable energy systems and electronics.” thomasnet.com • 2 min read
2022-11-23
Fortifying materials for a more resilient world “Currently, it’s estimated that the accumulated effects of #metals corrosion cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars every year.” news.asu.edu • 5 min read
2022-11-23
The Metals Inside Your iPhone Are More Precious Than You Thought: Here's Why "If you use an iPhone, an REE called #lanthanum helps make sure the screen has a vivid color pop, while #neodymium and #dysprosium are credited for helping the device vibrate, among other uses." cnet.com • 6 min read
2022-11-15
Delving into shear deformation could lead to next-gen metals “the research team looked at #copper. They noticed how shear deformation creates nanotwins—structural features that make #metals stronger. Observing an alloy of copper and #niobium, they found that shear deformation affects atoms differently inside the #copper and #niobium phases of the metal mixture” mining.com • 2 min read
2022-11-15
Delving into shear deformation could lead to next-gen metals “the research team looked at #copper. They noticed how shear deformation creates nanotwins—structural features that make #metals stronger. Observing an alloy of copper and #niobium, they found that shear deformation affects atoms differently inside the #copper and #niobium phases of the metal mixture” mining.com • 2 min read
2022-11-16
Charted: The Most Expensive Battery Metals “#Cobalt was by far the most expensive battery metal until late 2021, which was when #lithium prices hit an inflection point, heading towards all-time highs.” elements.visualcapitalist.com • 4 min read
2022-11-10
Norwegian-Swedish Cooperation on Rare Earth Metals: Marks the Beginning of Something New in Europe “#LKAB plans to extract #earth elements as a byproduct of #iron ore production.” highnorthnews.com • 1 min read
2022-11-11
Germany Considers National Fund in Scramble For Raw Materials - BNN Bloomberg “Germany is particularly exposed as it needs to import 39 out of 46 strategic raw materials [...] Germany is already offering loan guarantees to commodity trading houses to buy energy and key #metals. Trafigura Group, the world’s biggest trader of #copper, has already agreed to supply German customers with non-Russian metals for the next five years” bnnbloomberg.ca • 2 min read
2022-11-08
They made a material that doesn't exist on Earth. That's only the start of the story. “a combination of two base metals, #nickel and #iron, which were cooled over millions of years as meteors tumbled through space. That process created a unique compound with a particular set of characteristics that make it ideal for use in the high-end permanent magnets that are an essential component of a vast range of advanced machines, from electric vehicles to space shuttle turbines. The compound is called #tetrataenite” www.npr.org • 6 min read
2022-11-03
Canada orders China to divest from country’s mining companies “Move comes after ‘multi-step’ review by Canada’s national security and intelligence agencies [...] Critical minerals and metals include #lithium, #cadmium, #nickel and #cobalt.” theguardian.com • 3 min read
2022-10-31
China to tighten import thresholds for impurities in metal concentrates, sources say “Given its major smelting capacity, China relies heavily on overseas raw materials for its base metals production. Last year, the country imported 23.4 million tonnes of #copper concentrate, 3.6 million tonnes of #zinc concentrate and 1.2 million tonnes of #lead concentrate.” Article by Wing Yan Julian Luk fastmarkets.com • 3 min read
2022-10-28
Researchers develop Play-Doh-like material that conducts electricity like metal “study’s lead author Jiaze Xie began experimenting with #nickel atoms, which he strung like pearls into a string of molecular beads made of #carbon and #sulphur” mining.com • 3 min read
2022-10-25
Platinum in the Buy Zone- Leave Room to Add Here is a complete analysis of platinum price. Thanks to Andrew Hecht. barchart.com • 1 min read
2022-10-24
Here's what the world mined in 2021 in one infographic “The major use of #rhenium, one of the rarest metals in terms of production, is in superalloys that are critical for engine turbine blades in aircraft and gas turbine engines. The petroleum industry uses it in #rhenium-#platinum catalysts to produce high-octane gasoline for vehicles. [...] #lithium production has more than doubled since 2016 [...] #Indium is another interesting metal on this list. Most of it is used to make #indium #tin oxide, an important component of touchscreens, TV screens, and solar panels.” weforum.org • 1 min read
2022-10-19
High Interest Rates Force Precious Metal Prices Lower “However, many global factors, such as the war in Ukraine, energy shortages, and supply chain disruptions continue to pull #metal markets in different directions.” oilprice.com • 2 min read
2022-10-16
METALS-Copper prices rise on global supply worries “#Copper prices rose on Monday as global supplies tightened, although its gain was capped by demand uncertainty due to China's stance on COVID-19 curbs and worries around global economic growth. [...] Total copper production in Chile, the world's top #copper producer, fell 10.2% in August to 415,500 tonnes.” nasdaq.com • 2 min read
2022-10-11
Can critical metals for renewable energy products be found in existing mines? New research says yes “#Tellurium isn't mined as a solo mineral. Currently, most #tellurium is collected as a by-product from #copper mining.” phys.org • 4 min read
2022-10-06
Metal-enriched silkworm silk is one of the strongest materials ever "Dissolving silkworm silk and remaking it in a solution of sugar and #zinc and #iron metal ions has made it stronger than most spider silk, one of the toughest and strongest materials in nature." newscientist.com • 3 min read
2022-10-06
Zinc and Copper Jump After LME Bans New Metal From Russian Firm "#Zinc and #copper climbed after the London Metal Exchange said it will restrict new deliveries of the metals from Russia’s Ural Mining & Metallurgical Co. and one of its subsidiaries." ca.finance.yahoo.com • 2 min read
2022-10-01
Tin Market Plagued By Bearish Trend “After a nearly two-year-long bullish trend in the #tin market, the tin price recently took a bearish turn. Fed by the pandemic, the #tin price reached an all-time high. However, buyer exhaustion soon overtook the market, leading to price drops.”oilprice.com • 2 min read
2022-09-28
Researchers push for using metals to treat infections “[Researchers] demonstrated that 21 highly-active metal compounds containing #cobalt, #nickel, #rhodium, #palladium, #silver, #europium, #iridium, #platinum, #molybdenum and #gold can be used to treat fungal infections.”mining.com • 2 min read
2022-09-26
Diversification is the new mining buzzword “#Copper is probably the most strategic metal, and it’s geologically related to #gold,” he said. “So if you want to become a world-leading #gold company in the fullness of time, you are going to end up producing [#copper].”mining.com • 1 min read
2022-09-21
A Great Copper Squeeze Is Coming for the Global Economy “Goldman Sachs forecasts that the benchmark London Metal Exchange price will almost double to an annual average of $15,000 a ton in 2025. On Wednesday, copper settled at $7,690 a ton on the LME.”bnnbloomberg.ca • 8 min read
2022-08-31
Is China Using Cyberattacks To Maintain Its Rare Earth Dominance? “Lynas, the victim of the latest cyber attack, is actually the world’s largest producer of #rareearths outside China. It already has an operating processing plant in Malaysia and is constructing multiple other facilities in the US and Australia.”oilprice.com • 3 min read
2022-09-14
Von der Leyen announces new EU critical minerals legislation “European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday announced the European Critical Raw Materials Act, as the bloc seeks to shore up supplies of #minerals such as #lithium and #rareearths.”miningweekly.com • 1 min read
2022-09-12
Metal Prices in Decline - Supply Fears Heighten - MetalMiner “#Iron ore, #aluminum, and #copper have all fallen to varying degrees” “#Copper, in particular, has very dodgy fundamentals, and #aluminum, #zinc, and #copper are all at extremely low inventory levels on the LME and CME. At some stage, the dearth of physical metal and lack of investment in new mining projects will seriously impact raw material supply. “agmetalminer.com • 3 min read
2022-09-08
Recycled magnets gain rare metals from WEEE “Called ‘hydrogen processing of magnet scrap’, this was first tested in the laboratory using an old washing machine drum to extract the #rareearth alloys from products such as hard disk drives, speakers and electric motors.”mrw.co.uk • 2 min read
2022-09-06
Platinum and cousins you probably never heard of frame low-carbon future “Why should we care about the six "ums:" #platinum, #ruthenium, #rhodium, #palladium, #osmium and #iridium?” "Many of [their] applications are not widely known, such as preservation of food freshness, non-invasive diagnostics, pacemakers, and most importantly, in reducing carbon emissions in many traditional industries."shine.cn • 4 min read
2022-08-26
Sask. creates first rare earth ingots in North America “now one of only four jurisdictions in the entire world with this capability and the only one in North America,”saskatoon.ctvnews.ca • 2 min read
2022-08-23
Kazakhstan poised for rare earth boom "These unique minerals [#rareearths] appear to be concentrated in their geological distribution in the heart of north-Central Asia. That makes the neighbour of western China – #Kazakhstan – the prime locations to look for them."intellinews.com • 10 min read
2022-08-22
A Supplier of Rare Earth Metals Turns to Greenland in Bid to Cut Reliance on Russia “[Toronto-based] Neo [Performance Materials ]said on Monday that it is acquiring #rareearth mining rights in Greenland from Hudson Resources, a tiny mining company based in Vancouver. The acquisition marks the first move into #rareearthmining by Neo, whose Magnequench division is the corporate descendant of a former General Motors subsidiary that pioneered many modern magnetic applications of #rareearthmetals in the 1980s.”nytimes.com • 6 min read
2022-08-16
Column: US hits the EV accelerator to cut Chinese metals ties “At least 40% of the #criticalmetals in the battery – #lithium, #nickel, #cobalt, and #manganese – must come from the United States or a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partner. That percentage rises to 80% in 2026.”mining.com • 4 min read
2022-08-15
Dumpster diver: how I find rare-earth metals in industrial landfill After metal Magnet Fishing 🎣, it’s time for Dumpster Diving! 🤿 “#magnets make up just 2–7% of the weight of most motors, but hold the real economic value, because they contain the #rareearth elements”nature.com • 2 min read
2022-08-11
Magnet fishing got people hooked, but China and green tech are threatening its future Ever heard of magnet 🧲 fishing 🎣? “The element attracting all this attention is #neodymium, a difficult-to-produce #rareearth metal mostly mined in China”npr.org • 7 min read
2022-08-09
The CHIPS Act Is A Boon For American Innovation "The legislation is a direct response to the semiconductor supply chain issues magnified by the pandemic — the goal is to ensure that American companies have access to the advanced chips necessary to innovate in key fields like artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and 5G. And while the chip shortage is easing in some sectors, plenty of companies are still struggling to get the #silicon they need."forbes.com • 3 min read
2022-08-07
China Is Moving Rapidly Up the Rare Earth Value Chain “In short, China aims to transform itself from the largest producer and refiner of #rareearth elements to being the world’s major high value-add manufacturer of the clean energy products dependent on #rareearthmetals and other #criticalminerals.”brinknews.com • 5 min read
2022-08-02
Transition metal catalyst discovery could help establish renewably generated electricity “A far more abundant and less costly metal, #molybdenum, could potentially take #platinum's place in the process”phys.org • 3 min read
2022-07-18
Battery makers seek price hikes on lack of Russia rare metals “Rising prices for resources and supply disruptions could have far-reaching effects for a range of industries.“asia.nikkei.com • 4 min read
2022-07-21
Experts cast doubts over UK’s first rare earths processing site “The government’s first undisclosed investment to strengthen its supply of critical minerals goes into a project run by London-listed Pensana to turn rare earth oxides into metals — crucial ingredients for magnets needed in the automotive and renewable sectors.“ft.com • 4 min read
2022-07-07
Huge rare earth reserve discovered in Turkey, but experts caution that ‘grade is king’ "The world’s second-largest rare earth reserve has been discovered in Turkey [...] The site in the central Anatolia region contains 694 million tons of rare earth reserves,[­...] The world’s largest rare earth field is an 800-million-ton site in China"marketwatch.com • 4 min read
2022-07-06
How Strong Are Rare Earth Magnets? Do you know your magnet metals? #Neodymium, #iron, #boron, #samarium, #cobalt, #aluminum, #nickel, #strontium, #barium. elements.visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
2022-06-22
New device allows for production of chameleon metal - MINING.COM “Researchers have invented a device that electronically converts one #metal so that it behaves like another for use as a catalyst in chemical reactions.” “The inspiration behind this work is what the group sees as a major barrier to advancing technology: the short supply of #rhodium and #palladium, globally, and their high prices.” mining.com • 3 min read
2022-06-22
New device allows for production of chameleon metal. “Researchers have invented a device that electronically converts one #metal so that it behaves like another for use as a catalyst in chemical reactions.” “The inspiration behind this work is what the group sees as a major barrier to advancing technology: the short supply of #rhodium and #palladium, globally, and their high prices.” mining.com • 3 min read
2022-06-27
Metals rebound from their worst week in a year on China optimism. “Industrial metals are still on track for the biggest quarterly plunge since the 2008 financial crisis amid rising fears of an industrial slowdown across major economies.” bnnbloomberg.ca • 2 min read
2022-06-27
US companies move to break China's dominance of rare earth industry. At RWMM we prefer tangible assets and physical holding. But rare metal enthusiasts/investors might want to keep an eye on company stocks related to the resource. freightwaves.com • 6 min read
2022-06-21
A blue pigment loved by artists could suck up precious metals from your discarded cell phone. “the team led by Jun Onoe, Professor of Engineering at Nagoya University, showed that Prussian Blue pigments could trap rare metals like #molybdenum, as well as #ruthenium, #rhodium, and #palladium” zmescience.com • 4 min read
2022-06-16
Researchers figure out how to make solid-state batteries charge faster, last longer. “If you use a metal like #tungsten or #molybdenum that doesn’t alloy with #lithium, the performance which you get from the cell is even better.” mining.com • 3 min read
2022-06-08
The US is heavily reliant on China and Russia for its ammo supply chain. Congress wants to fix that. “The mineral #antimony is critical to the defense-industrial supply chain and is needed to produce everything from armor-piercing bullets and explosives to nuclear weapons as well as sundry other military equipment, such as night vision goggles.” defensenews.com • 3 min read
2022-06-07
The Toronto Stock Exchange Launches Canadian S&P/TSX Battery Metals Index for Insights and Tracking - MiningFeeds. "Common battery metals include #lithium, #cobalt, and #nickel." miningfeeds.com • 2 min read
2022-06-07
London Metal Exchange hit with two U.S. lawsuits over nickel trading chaos. “The LME suspended trading activity and cancelled #nickel trades on March 8 due to a spike in volatility, which saw nickel prices double to a record $100,000 per ton in the space of a few hours.” cnbc.com • 3 min read
2022-06-03
The fight for rare Earth minerals. "One aspect competition is heating up between China and the US is the race for rare earth minerals. These 17 metallic minerals make up almost everything electronic, including the US military’s most important weapons like F-35 fighter jets, M1Abrams tanks, surface-to-air missiles, hand held radio’s and everything in between." foxnews.com • 4 min read
2022-05-30
Shrinking stocks likely mean more LME metal price volatility. “wild price swings for metals such as #copper, #tin, and #zinc are likely to be a feature of the market for some time” mining.com • 2 min read
2022-05-30
EVs vs. Gas Vehicles: What Are Cars Made Out Of? "#Lithium, #nickel, #cobalt, #manganese, and #graphite are all crucial to battery performance, longevity, and energy density. Furthermore, EVs can contain more than a mile of #copper wiring inside the stator to convert electric energy into mechanical energy." elements.visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
2022-05-17
EVs surpass phones as top driver of cobalt demand. "Electric vehicles (EVs) overtook smartphones and other high-tech devices for the first time last year as the main driver of #cobalt demand" mining.com • 2 min read
2022-05-09
South Korea hunts tungsten treasure in race for rare minerals. “The mine in Sangdong, 180 km southeast of Seoul, is being brought back from the dead to extract the rare metal that’s found fresh value in the digital age in technologies ranging from phones and chips to electric vehicles and missiles.” mining.com • 6 min read
2022-05-23
Our northern neighbor has begun supplying the world with minerals critical to a greener economy with the country's first #rareearth mine delivering concentrated ore. "First Canadian rare earth mine starts shipping concentrate from N.W.T. " cbc.ca • 3 min read
2022-05-19
In coal country, a new chance to clean up a toxic legacy. “The potential to recover rare earths from acid mine drainage and other streams in the coal production and combustion process represent an example of a broader set of potentially unconventional but transformative sources for securing access to rare earth elements,” washingtonpost.com • 1 min read
2022-05-01
Letter: West must exploit its own rare earths deposits. “Mark Cutifani, retiring chief executive of Anglo-American, recently named The Rare Metals War (2018) by Guillaume Pitron as his favourite book.” ft.com • Subscription may be required
2022-05-12
Metal demand seen surging for decades on strength of energy transition, World Bank says. “The adoption of low-carbon power generation “implies a permanent increase in demand for #copper, #nickel, #cobalt, and #lithium, and an eventual drop in the use of fossil fuels.”” mining.com • 1 min read
2022-05-05
Rare Earths Supply Is About To Get Much Tighter. “ Clearly, for the US, the supply-chain mess, the pandemic, and the Ukraine conflict have served to highlight the importance of #rareearth independence. Now, we need only wait to hear the final word on China’s counter-move. “ oilprice.com • 4 min read
2022-05-02
The Key Minerals in an EV Battery. “For example, NMC batteries, which accounted for 72% of batteries used in EVs in 2020 (excluding China), have a cathode composed of #nickel, #manganese, and #cobalt along with #lithium.” “The EV battery market is still in its early hours, with plenty of growth on the horizon.” elements.visualcapitalist.com • 2 min read
2022-05-05
Green Metals Have Colorful Long-Term Investment Thesis. There are many ways to invest in metals. ETFs are a good way to diversify. However, at RWMM, we believe that there is nothing like holding the physical. Still, here is an article about ETFs: “it takes some old school materials and metals to drive the green energy revolution” etfdb.com • 2 min read
2022-04-22
Even the Densest Metal Doesn't Exceed USPS Shipping Weight Limit. Fun fact: “#Osmium is twice as dense as lead and about three times as dense as iron” nerdist.com • 3 min read
2022-04-24
China dominates the rare earth element market: What is US government doing to increase global supply? “Australia is the second-largest supplier but only accounts for about eleven percent of the total market.“ en.as.com • 5 min read
2021-09-30
The top 50 biggest mining companies in the world. Metal enthusiasts? You might also be interested in who's mining them. "Extreme volatility on metal and mining markets continued into 2022 amid historically low stockpiles of metal on global exchanges, but for most sectors the risks remained on the upside. #Copper prices again entered record territory, #iron ore prices climbed to $150 a tonne after dipping to double digits late last year, and industrial metals including #nickel, #tin and #zinc shot up." mining.com • 7 min read
2022-04-22
‘Mr. Lithium’ warns there’s not enough battery metal to go around. "You can build a battery factory in two years, but it takes up to a decade to bring on a #lithium project. It’s not a #commodity; it’s a specialty chemical." mining.com • 3 min read
2022-04-22
Are You Recycling Your Metal Cans the Right Way? Here's What to Do. RWMM wishes all metal enthusiasts a beautiful Earth Day. Here is a related article. "From canned food to soda and aerosol cans, all metal cans -- including aluminum and steel -- are infinitely recyclable." cnet.com • 2 min read
2022-04-15
70 Years of Semiconductors. "#Silicon and #germanium transistors have been around since the 1950s when vacuum tubes were king. (...) #Silicon has been the mainstay since the early ’60s, bumping #germanium out of the way over time." electronicdesign.com • 3 min read
2022-04-11
Biden invokes defence act to boost US energy transition metals and minerals supply. “Russia is the lead supplier of #silicon to the US and is a top four source for #aluminum, #chromium, #lithium, #palladium, and #scandium. “ rechargenews.com • 3 min read
2022-04-12
An Insider’s Look at the World’s Rarest Precious Metal. “Despite being the world’s rarest precious metal, #osmium is still relatively unknown. The metal, over 1,500 times rarer than gold, boasts a variety of exceptional qualities, among them being that it is the densest element known to man.” blog.dupontregistry.com • 2 min read
2022-04-06
Research team led by Kyoto Univ. makes world's 1st alloy mixing all 8 precious metals. "The eight precious metals are #gold, #silver, #platinum, #palladium, #rhodium, #iridium, #ruthenium and #osmium. All precious metals are rare and corrosion resistant. There are combinations that do not mix well like water and oil, and it had been believed to be difficult to combine all of them." mainichi.jp • 2 min read
2022-04-10
Palladium Extends Gains After Suspension of Russian Refiners. "The precious metal’s latest rise, following a 8.7% surge on Friday, comes after the invasion of Ukraine and the sanctions that followed saw prices soar to a record last month. Russia produces about 40% of freshly mined palladium, which is mostly used in catalytic converters for gasoline-powered vehicles." bnnbloomberg.ca • 2 min read
2022-04-05
The world's top 10 largest copper producers in 2021. “With 1,728 ktonnes of copper mined in 2021, Chilean mining behemoth Codelco is the largest #copper producer worldwide.” kitco.com • 2 min read
2022-03-30
South Korea pushes for recycling of rare metals. “A new international initiative is promoting the recycling of rare metals such as tungsten and molybdenum” mining.com • 2 min read
2022-03-30
Iron ore may see structural shift on lack of new supply, decarbonisation. “Much of the iron ore debate focuses on the outlook for demand in China but bubbling in the background are two factors likely to cause a structural shift in the market for the steel raw material – the lack of new supply and decarbonization.” mining.com • 4 min read
2022-01-13
Record-breaking molecular magnet. “researchers have created what they believe are the most magnetic molecules ever made” cen.acs.org • 3 min read
2022-01-13
A well-known iron-based magnet is also a potential quantum information material. “a closer look at a class of magnets, iron hexaferrites, which have been known since the 1950s, to see if they could extend their properties and performance” phys.org • 4 min read
2021-12-23
The World's Largest Nickel Mining Companies. “Needed for the manufacturing of electric vehicles, wind turbines, and nuclear power plants, nickel is also primarily used to make stainless steel alloys more resistant to corrosion and extreme temperatures.” elements.visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
2022-03-22
Steel Is the Other Big Commodity Shock from the War in Ukraine. “One reason for the price spike is the sheer size of the Russian and Ukrainian steel industries. Russia is the world’s third biggest steel exporter, behind only China and Japan, while Ukraine is the eighth largest. “ bloomberg.com • 1 min read
2022-03-15
Insane lithium price rally continues with “little relief in sight”. “Lithium prices have jumped across the board over the past year on the back of heavy demand from the automotive sector” mining.com • 2 min read
2022-03-10
Sanctioned Russian nickel could slow global EV adoption, report. “Russia was the third-largest nickel producer in 2021, producing over 200,000 tonnes. As nickel is used in the production of EV batteries, any sanctions placed on Russian nickel will cause EV manufacturing prices to increase further, threatening adoption and decarbonization.” mining.com • 2 min read
2022-03-08
Mapped: U.S. Mineral Production, by State. “This includes metals like copper, iron ore, and zinc” elements.visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
2022-03-08
LME Halts Nickel Trading After Unprecedented 250% Spike. “Nickel, used in stainless steel and electric-vehicle batteries, surged as much as 250% in two days to trade briefly above $100,000 a ton early Tuesday” bloomberg.com • 1 min read
2022-03-01
The 50 Minerals Critical to U.S. Security. "Much of the increase in the new list is the result of splitting the rare earth elements and platinum group elements into individual entries rather than including them as “mineral groups.” In addition, the 2022 list of critical minerals adds nickel and zinc to the list while removing helium, potash, rhenium, and strontium." elements.visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
2022-01-27
Palladium price highest in four months amid Ukraine-Russia crisis. The crisis has turned into war now. Let’s hope for peace in Ukraine, sooner rather than later. mining.com • 2 min read
2022-01-07
Graphene could replace rare metal used in mobile phone screens. “Most homes will have many items containing indium, it's used in flatscreen TVs, solar panels, as well as LED lights in our homes.” phys.org • 2 min read
2022-02-04
Commodities and the Russia-Ukraine crisis. “Russia isn't just an important supplier of oil and gas, it's also a sizeable producer of #nickel, #copper, #palladium and #platinum.” think.ing.com
2022-01-06
Red Mountain Mining confirms sought-after heavy rare earths at Mt Mansbridge. “This breakthrough comes amid a background of tightening Chinese control of rare earths, now being put into effect by the merger of the three producers in China” smallcaps.com.au • 2 min read
2022-02-14
Hold That Tesla! Inflation Will Be Made of Aluminum. “The fight against climate change — with its rush for the light metal coupled with the shutdown of the dirty power sources that helped produce it — has turned the trade upside down. It’s crippling supply, particularly in China. The result is the hottest aluminum market in 30 years.” Bloomberg.com
2022-02-13
New discovery on liquid metal alloys may lead to high-efficiency electronics. “According to the scientists, the strange cyclic divergent and convergent growth, called oscillatory bifurcation, is rare and has not been observed in solidification structures prior to this new study.” mining.com • 2 min read
2022-02-10
How the Expansion of Megacities Will Boost Metal Markets. “this means more steel, more copper, more aluminum, and more cement are needed” elements.visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
2022-01-04
Tin price outlook dims in 2022 – report - MINING.COM. “Tin prices peaked at $39,159 per tonne in November 2021, soaring by 79% from the beginning of that year. The spike was driven by a shortage resulting from sharply heightened demand from the electronics sector, where tin is used for circuit board manufacturing” mining.com • 2 min read
2022-02-07
Financial spillover effect more intense between gold, silver - MINING.COM. “The new research, assessed the relationship between the returns of nine precious metals: gold, silver, palladium, platinum, nickel, lead, zinc, copper, and aluminum.” mining.com • 2 min read
2022-01-03
Antimony selenosulfide solar cell with 10.7% efficiency. “the new cell is the most efficient PV device ever to be built based on antimony.” pv-magazine.com • 2 min read
2022-01-26
Lithium Prices Surge on EV Demand from China. “By the first week of 2022, prices for lithium carbonate, a key ingredient in lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, reached a new high of 300,000 yuan or nearly $47,500 per ton in China.” elements.visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
2021-12-28
The EU wants to end its dependence on China for rare earth metals. ““We import lithium for electric cars, platinum to produce clean hydrogen, silicon metal for solar panels,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leye” trtworld.com • 4 min read
2022-01-24
How Metals Prices Performed in 2021. “year-over-year return on metals prices from January 1 to December 31 of 2021” “the world’s reopening resulted in unprecedented demand for base and energy metals” elements.visualcapitalist.com • 4 min read
2021-12-22
Ferroglobe unit sets plan to restart silicon metal facility in Selma - Alabama NewsCenter. “Alabama officials announced Globe Metallurgical Inc. (GMI), a subsidiary of Ferroglobe PLC, a leading producer of silicon metal and specialty alloys, is moving forward with a plan to restart an idled silicon metal facility in Selma.” “Silicon metals are used for a variety of industrial purposes, including the production of silicon wafers that end up in photovoltaic solar panels.” rss.alabamanewscenter.com • 3 min read
2022-01-19
Rhodium price on the march again as demand from auto sector rises - MINING.COM. "Some automakers noted that the global chip shortage is starting to ease, suggesting that vehicle production will start to recover after 2021’s cutbacks, pushing up demand for automotive catalysts — and rhodium along the way." mining.com • 2 min read
2021-12-17
Selective separation could help alleviate critical metals shortage. “Current methods of rare metal separation rely on large quantities of energy, water, acids, and organic solvents which have costly environmental impacts” news.mit.edu • 4 min read
2021-08-25
Infographic: Visualizing the Critical Metals in a Smartphone. “most smartphones can carry roughly 80% of the stable elements on the periodic table” visualcapitalist.com • 2 min read
2021-12-30
The Year of Critical Supply Chains – Rawmaterials.net Review 2021. "The main shortage in the past year was of semiconductor chips. Numerous sectors were affected, but the automotive industry suffered particularly severely from the shortage of electronic components that control a wide range of functions in modern vehicles." rawmaterials.net • 5 min read
2021-12-23
The World's Largest Nickel Mining Companies. “Nickel has long been an important mineral for batteries, plating, and steelmaking, but it was only recently added to the USGS’s proposed critical minerals list.” elements.visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
2021-12-27
China Rare Earth Group Established. "The consolidation is expected to ease competitive pressures between the companies and increase the influence on commodity pricing." rawmaterials.net • 1 min read
2021-12-16
“the top 10 largest copper mining companies worldwide based on their reported attributable copper production in Q3 2021.“ Top 10 largest copper mining companies reduced production 2% in Q3 2021 kitco.com • 3 min read
2021-12-07
“Rare earth deposits are associated with extinct alkaline volcanoes. These volcanoes are unusual and only exposed in select regions around the world, such as south Greenland.” New tools to unearth rare metals phys.org • 3 min read
2021-11-03
“a new kind of microscopic structure that can rapidly mitigate chemical weapons” Concordia researchers develop a tool to neutralize chemical weapons using rare-earth elements concordia.ca • 1 min read
2021-11-03
“Will the increasing consumption of nickel by EV battery producers affect its availability for the stainless steel industry?” A new conundrum for stainless steel recyclingtoday.com • 2 min read
2021-12-06
“Oxygen, silicon, aluminum, and iron account for 88.1% of the mass of the Earth’s crust, while another 90 elements make up the remaining 11.9%.” Visualizing the Abundance of Elements in the Earth’s Crust elements.visualcapitalist.com • 4 min read
2021-11-03
“What’s 14.545 inches across, weighs one ton (around 907kg or 2,000lbs), and just sold to a group of anonymous crypto investors for roughly $250,000?” A one-ton tungsten cube was just bought by a crypto cabal for $250,000 theverge.com • 4 min read
2021-11-30
“Auxico Resources Canada has announced the construction of a rare earth refinery in the Colombian city of Santa Marta” Rare Earths Refinery Planned in Colombia rawmaterials.net • 1 min read
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, is the longest natural sea beach in the world running 150 kilometres (93 mi). “According to the researchers, the cultivation of seaweed on Cox's Bazar beach can create endless reserves of valuable mineral resources. Scientists believe that this could also create a new possibility in the blue-economy.” Seaweeds protect sand dunes of Cox's Bazar beach thefinancialexpress.com.bd • 4 min read
Pursuing automation and efficiency in the recycling of metals. “When recycling platinum-group metals, one needs to think in microscopic terms. These six metals - platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and osmium - are used in a large number of products but typically in small quantities.” businesstimes.com.sg • 6 min read
Where in the World Are All the Rare Earths? “As the demand for REEs increases, the world will need tap these reserves. This graphic could provide clues as to the next source of rare earth elements.” elements.visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
Green Energy Metals: Eight companies with big ambitions. “companies are rich with ideas for finding lithium, nickel, copper, cobalt, and PGMs wherever they are around the world” mining.com • 20 min read
Aluminium price hits 13-year high. “A major cause of this price hike is the energy-intensive nature of aluminium production. Aluminium has the highest emissions per dollar intensity of any metal, at 10.2kg C02e/$” mining-technology.com • 2 min read
The Consumer Electronics Industry's "Rare" Problem. “Will televisions be manufactured without built-in speakers?” outsiderclub.com • 6 min read
How Refractory Metals are Used in Aerospace and Defense azom.com • 3 min read
This alien-like metal may one day power your electronics. “Aside from its ability to absorb light, bismuth makes for an ideal battery replacement because it’s completely nontoxic.” theverge.com • 2 min read
“Besides gold and silver, other metals have investment value based on industrial demand for them. This precious metals list is known as ‘platinum group metals’ (PGMs), and includes platinum, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium, osmium and iridium.”. Precious metals forecast: Interest rate hikes and the market capital.com • 2 min read
“Cantor and colleagues found areas within the alloys they made where a single phase predominated. That phase consisted of five metals: iron, chromium, manganese, nickel, and cobalt, each at 20 atomic percent and arranged in a face-centered-cubic (fcc) crystal structure.”. cen.acs.org • 1 min read
“China accounts for 60% of the world's production of rare earths according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The top export destinations are Japan (49% by value) followed by the U.S. (15%), according to Chinese media.”. Liquid metal helps convert CO2 into battery, manufacturing resources - MINING.COM asia.nikkei.com • 3 min read
“a cheap new way to capture and convert CO2 emissions using liquid gallium”. Liquid metal helps convert CO2 into battery, manufacturing resources - MINING.COM mining.com • 2 min read
Do you have a new idea on how to use thousands of Troy ounces of palladium a year? www.miningmagazine.com
Silicon’s 300% Surge Throws Another Price Shock at the World. bloomberg.com • 1 min read
London Metals Trading Floor Is Fighting to Survive - BNN Bloomberg. bnnbloomberg.ca • 3 min read
All the Metals We Mined in One Visualization. elements.visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
Vital says its Saskatoon rare earth extraction plant on track for first feed in 2021. kitco.com • 2 min read
Rare metals recovered with whisky-fuelled filtration system. eandt.theiet.org • 5 min read
US Needs 10X More Rare Earth Metals To Hit Biden’s Electric Vehicle Goals. Among light rare earths: neodymium and praseodymium. Among heavies: dysprosium and terbium. forbes.com • 5 min read
Totten Mine workers starting to return to the surface. Our thoughts are with the workers and their families. We are glad that this story ends well. “The mine produces copper, nickel and precious metals and employs about 200 people.” thesudburystar.com • 2 min read
New type of catalyst may help protect supply of precious metals. “nanoclusters of palladium atoms appear to defy the traditional categories” “Exploitation of metals in the form of nanoclusters is one of the most powerful strategies for increasing the active surface area available for catalysis.” mining.com • 1 min read
Goldman Sachs ramps up cobalt trading. “carmakers cannot easily hedge their exposure to battery metals such as cobalt since there is too little trading on exchanges such as the London Metal Exchange.” ft.com • 2 min read
A diversified portfolio makes Namibia Critical Metals an investment vehicle you should not ignore. “Rare earth elements like dysprosium and terbium can be a mouthful, but they are key to the modern economy.” bnnbloomberg.ca • 6 min read
Osmium: The Revolutionary Precious Metal You’ve Never Heard Of. “Osmium, the 76th element of the periodic table, is the most valuable precious metal on Earth. Over 1,500 times rarer than gold, the metal is mined in conjunction with platinum, to a yield of roughly one ounce of osmium for every 10,000 tons of platinum extracted.” blog.dupontregistry.com • 2 min read
Quantum computers are already detangling nature’s mysteries. “If you wrote down one of each of the possible states of thulium per second it would take 20 trillion years – more than a thousand times the age of the universe.” wired.co.uk • 3 min read
How a gold-stibnite restoration in Idaho could add antimony to US supply chain. “The project could lead to the country’s only primary producer of antimony, a critical and strategic mineral. “There is currently no domestic antimony source, and 90% of world supply is controlled by China, Russia and Tajikistan” mining.com • 5 min read
On the road to practical, low-cost superconductors with unexplored materials. “These rare earth elements in the single-crystalline form are able to overcome physical constraints that weaken superconductivity, thereby opening doors to a variety of engineering applications” phys.org • 3 min read
Silicon and rhenium make transverse electricity from heat. “A layered crystal of rhenium and silicon can produce electricity at right angles to heat flowing through it” electronicsweekly.com • 2 min read
Investing in Precious Metals: A Complete Guide. “What’s important is to find reputable companies to protect your investments.” finchannel.com • 6 min read
New sensor able to detect rare earths in acid mine waste. “a luminescent sensor that can detect terbium, one of the rarest of the rare earth elements, in complex environmental samples like acid mine waste” mining.com • 3 min read
Visualizing the Critical Metals in a Smartphone. “most smartphones can carry roughly 80% of the stable elements on the periodic table. But some of the vital metals to build these devices are considered at risk due to geological scarcity, geopolitical issues, and other factors.” elements.visualcapitalist.com • 2 min read
Afghanistan’s Mineral Resources Are a Lost Opportunity and a Threat. “Some reports estimate Afghanistan REE resources are among the largest on earth.” thediplomat.com • 6 min read
The Biggest Mining Companies in the World in 2021. Do you know your miners? Here are presented the world’s top mining companies by market capitalization as of June 22, 2021, and the metals they mine. elements.visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
The US is digging into its tax toolkit to rebuild its rare earth industry. “a bipartisan bill introduced in the US Congress last week, which would provide tax credits for the domestic production of permanent rare earth magnets” qz.com • 3 min read
Ranked: Top 25 Nations Producing Battery Metals for the EV Supply Chain. "Batteries do not grow on trees—the raw materials for them, known as “battery metals”, have to be mined and refined." elements.visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
Tokyo 2020: Olympic medals made from old smartphones, laptops. “There was a two-year national effort in Japan to collect enough recycled material to produce about 5,000 bronze, silver, and gold medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.” dw.com • 3 min read
How to avoid catalytic converter theft: Tips on protecting your car as thieves target rare metals. “Since the pandemic started, thefts of catalytic converters have soared nationwide as shortages or rare metals caused a spike in prices that have made the devices a particularly enticing target.” usatoday.com • 2 min read
Burundi suspends rare-earth mining in row over riches. “One of those targeted runs the Gakara project, one of the world's richest deposits of rare earths” africanews.com • 2 min read
Can Reddit's silver "apes" beat the market? "The core of the movement is a Reddit community called Wall Street Silver, formed in January at the time WallStreetBets was marshalling an uprising of ordinary people against the financial elites, through coordinated buying of company shares." reuters.com • 7 min read
“Rio Tinto reported a 12% fall in quarterly iron ore shipments on Friday after storms affected its West Australian operations.” Agricultural commodities aren’t the only one affected by weather. Metal mining is also dependent on Mother Nature’s behaviour. www.mining.com • 2 min read
"This extremely rare metal is outperforming all commodities—and Bitcoin, too" fortune.com
“The US said this month it would work with allies to secure the minerals needed for electric vehicle batteries and process them domestically.” financialpost.com • 2 min read
“According to the German Mineral Resources Agency, (...), demand for germanium will grow by a massive 111%. For tantalum, growth is forecast at an even larger 416%, with other ICT elements such as yttrium seeing 659% growth.” investors-corner.bnpparibas-am.com • 5 min read
Reopening of the ring in London. “The London Metal Exchange’s trading ring, pictured in 2018, was closed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic” wsj.com • 2 min read
“Before delving into ways to invest in rare-earth elements, investors should remember that these metals are commodities, which means they're subject to the ups and downs in demand that economic cycles bring.” Good article by Matt Whittaker although it does not mention the possibility of physical investment. money.usnews.com • 5 min read
“Adding a heavy rare earth like dysprosium and sometimes terbium makes the magnet more temperature stable, and suitable for use in offshore wind turbines where maintenance costs are high.” By Mary Hui qz.com • 6 min read
“Tantalum is recognized both as a critical raw material and conflict mineral, and is found in specific high-performance capacitors used for circuit boards and LCD screens.” greenbiz.com • 6 min read
“a nanosecond ytterbium fiber system equipped with a galvanometric scanner to create strokes that combine surface relief with optical effects, creating nine basic colors” advancedsciencenews.com • 3 min read
“a fractionated erbium laser that causes a little bit of damage under the skin to then stimulate collagen production” wellandgood.com • 2 min read
“The resource, called Tellurium, is one of the rarest elements on Earth, and it will be recovered at Rio Tinto's Kennecott mine as a byproduct of copper smelting.” iheart.com • 1 min read
“the metal’s price has been on a tear, rising more than sixfold since early 2016, an increase that’s lifted it above the price of gold” washingtonpost.com • 3 min read
You already own gold and silver? You even have platinum and palladium? Now how about a fifth, a sixth or a seventh metal in your portfolio? At RWMM we have more than 20 metals that are worth more than silver. Start collecting them before inflation hit. visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
“A partnership between Cody and Thomas Edison led to tungsten from Campo Bonito used directly for Edison’s incandescent electric lights.” tucson.com • 1 min read
“Bismuth (melting point 271.4°C) is melted into a block, sawed into the desired knife shape, carefully re-dipped to coat it in a profusion of crystal forms, and then laboriously filed sharp.” boingboing.net • 1 min read
“newer laser technology optimized for holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) provides significant benefits compared with an earlier system” urologytimes.com • 3 min read
Want to see what it is like to receive a package from RWMM? RWMM is featured on Spegtacular Youtube Channel! youtube.com • 19m27s
“We've taken a look at three global metals, their price drivers and outlook, with a focus on what key mining companies are saying about them” By Nick Hyett, CFA hl.co.uk • 8 min read
“Europe is 75 per cent dependent on imports for almost all metals and up to 100 per cent for some critical minerals.” By Kevin O'Sullivan irishtimes.com • 3 min read
“Iron, which is easily absorbed if you eat meat, but difficult to get from plants, is critical for anemia.” By Andy Corbleygoodnewsnetwork.org
“molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) consists of alternating layers rotated with respect to each other by 180 degrees and held together by weak van der Waals forces” phys.org • 5 min read
“Those unprecedented forms and structures could be very useful.” Enhancing Precious Metal Recovery From Electronic Waste technologynetworks.com • 3 min read
“In the past when the U.S. (and Japan) faced threats to the supply of rare earth minerals, there was a rush to develop alternatives. But once the threat passed and prices from China dropped, alternative sources lost their appeal.” By Willy Shih.forbes.com • 5 min read
“While the mining of rare earth metals is diversifying, 80% of refining still occurs in China. With the demand for rare earths projected to double by 2030, building both mining and refining capacity overseas may prove key in reducing reliance on China.” By Govind Bhutadaelements.visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
“Vital Metals (ASX: VML) today announced the commencement of mining operations at its Nechalacho rare earths project in Northwest Territories” By Vladimir Basovkitco.com • 2 min read
"According to the US Geological Survey, China accounted for 58 percent of rare-earth production worldwide in 2020, down from around 90 percent some four years ago, as the US and Australia gradually boosted production." globaltimes.cn • 3 min read
“The scientists took tiny crystals of a substance called sodium lutetium fluoride, and introduced atoms of the rare-earth element terbium into these crystals” eurekalert.org • 3 min read
A Nevada Lithium Mine Kicks Off a New Era of US Extraction. “the nation’s largest-known lithium supply” By Maya L. Kapoor for Mother Jones motherjones.com • 9 min read
“Russian researchers analyzed the films that were made up of four elements: sulfur, molybdenum, hydrogen and carbon” azonano.com • 3 min read
“Osmium is a rare precious metal, however, since it can act as a catalyst, a very little amount is needed for reactions in the cancer cell, therefore it could be a sustainable treatment going forward”. eurekalert.org • 3 min read
“Issues that will be factored into the decision include the need for rare earth metals that are used in components of the F-35” news.clearancejobs.com • 4 min read
“The company will design a system of functionally-graded niobium-based alloys suitable for Additive Manufacturing that will be capable of sustaining high-temperature operation, thus increasing fuel efficiency” By Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine metal-am.com • 2 min read
Copper: Critical Today, Tomorrow, and Forever. "From gas-powered cars and electrical vehicles (EVs) to trains and airplanes, copper is an essential part of our daily commute." visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
Zinc: The Essential, Sustainable, and Versatile Metal. "Zinc is the fourth most used metal in the world behind iron, aluminum, and copper" visualcapitalist.com • 3 min read
Russia develops instrument to search for precious metals on the Moon and Mars. “Once on the surface the device will be used to search for rare earth metals such as gold, silver and platinum, at depths of several tens of centimetres to a metre.” room.eu.com • 4 min read
New process to recycle polyolefinic plastics at low temperature. “They combined ruthenium, a metal in the platinum family, with cerium dioxide, used to polish glass, to produce a catalyst that caused the plastics to react at 473 Kelvin.” canplastics.com • 2 min read
Researchers use niobium, molybdenum to find heat-tolerant alloys for aircraft. “metals containing niobium silicide, which are promising materials that can withstand high temperatures and improve efficiency of gas turbines in power plants and aircraft” mining.com • 2 min read
Five minute fast-charge EVs on the way. “the nanoparticles are based on Germanium, a rare element which was the basis for early solid state electronics” goodwood.com • 1 min read
Tin Market Records Deficit in January to October 2020. “World Bureau of Metal Statistics announced that the tin market recorded a deficit of 18.7 kt during January to October 2020” steelguru.com • 1 min read
BARC Develops India's First Ruthenium 106 Plaque For Effective Eye Cancer Treatment. “The Plaque handling is very much Surgeon-friendly and the preliminary results are very satisfactory” swarajyamag.com • 2 min read
What Is Going On With Rare Earths Going Into Next Year? “Of the 17 rare earth elements, seven consistently trade above $1,000 per kilogram. Three are trading above the six-digit range. Gadolinium oxide is just a moonshot for mining operations. The two next-best rare earth elements to collect — praseodymium oxide and neodymium oxide — are worth roughly around $50,000 per kilogram.” outsiderclub.com • 8 min read
Essential Science: New atomic clock improves measuring time. "The MIT clock is based around 350 atoms of ytterbium, which is the most volatile rare-earth metal. It comes in the form of a soft, malleable silvery metal." digitaljournal.com • 1 min read
The latest magnesium studies pave the way for new biomedical materials. “Magnesium is the lightest metal that can be used in structural applications. Due to its mechanical, thermal and electrical properties as well as biodegradability and the controlled rate of corrosion, it sparks great interest in researchers dealing with biocompatible implants.” phys.org • 5 min read
Solar Panel Waste: The Dark Side of Clean Energy. The good news is : “cells based on nontoxic metals like tin or germanium are approaching the efficiency of the ones with lead.” discovermagazine.com • 5 min read
Best-Performing Metal of COVID-19 (It's Not Gold or Silver). “The price of gold has increased nearly 20% for the year. Meanwhile, silver has rallied over 30% higher. But there's one metal that has gone gangbusters throughout the crisis, with prices rocketing up 200% higher.” energyandcapital.com • 4 min read
Industrial metals prices performing well amid coronavirus. “the migration to a greener future, to less polluting technologies such as electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel and renewable technologies will boost demand for copper, nickel, silver and PGM’s, such as platinum and palladium.” agmetalminer.com • 3 min read
Soaring Metals Prices Signal Bets on Global Economic Recovery. “Prices for copper have risen to their highest level in almost eight years. Iron ore, the main ingredient of steel, is one of the best-performing assets in 2020. Other raw materials, such as aluminum and zinc, have added roughly 15% since the end of September and 40% or more since mid-May.” wsj.com
CRU: The rare earths 'basket problem' is intensifying. “This is the essence of the "basket problem", an issue which has plagued the rare earth mining sector in recent years” prnewswire.com • 3 min read

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