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  • 25-Jun-2018

    Concerned about EV battery supply? What about the motor magnets supply?

    This article is based on Alkane Resources MD Nic Earner’s presentation at the 7th Annual InvestorIntel Summit held in Toronto, Canada, in May 2018. The EV megatrend is driving demand for rare earths The exponentially increasing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is one of the most fundamental and rapid shifts in consumer behaviour in this […]

  • 13-Mar-2018

    Chinese Zirconium supply is stalling, so how about an Australian alternative?

    Disruptions to the supply of Zirconium (Zr) materials from China look set to continue, due to stricter environmental standards being applied to production processes. This is good news for our environment, but as China supplies more than 75% of global Zr materials, it also brings problems for dependent industries and end-users around the world. Meanwhile, […]

  • 19-Nov-2017

    Another megatrend accelerating demand for rare earths: aging population

    Megatrends are massive social, environmental and technological changes that present both challenges and opportunities. For example, electric vehicles are a megatrend in transportation. Currently, many global megatrends are in motion that will dramatically reshape the way we live over the coming decades, including: urbanisation, automation, clean energy, the Internet of things, and aging population. All […]

  • 31-Oct-2017

    Critical Elements for Future Technologies

    Today’s global economy is being driven by several disruptive ‘megatrend’ industries that will change the world as we know it. This is part of the quest for technologies and solutions that are faster, stronger, cleaner, smaller, lighter and safer. For example: Clean energy – power generation with low emissions and enhanced energy storage Transportation – […]

  • 29-Sep-2017

    Hafnium: you’ve never seen it, but your future depends on it

    Most people in developed nations have no idea how much the technology they use everyday depends on Hafnium, nor how access to this minor but critical element will shape future world economics and politics. Shiny, silver and resisting corrosion, it’s named after the place where it was discovered in 1923: Hafnia (that’s Copenhagen, in Latin). […]

  • 04-Sep-2017

    How to secure our critical rare earths supply: lessons from China

    Not to advance is to drop back – Chinese proverb Rare earths are a group of 17 elements, known as the ‘vitamins of industry’ because many applications require only minute – but critical – amounts. Permanent magnets are an exception, being composed of 31% rare earths. Permanent magnets are the main driver of the US$3-4billion […]

  • 11-Aug-2017

    Exponential growth of Electric Vehicles make rare earths Extremely Valuable

    Electric vehicles (EVs) have existed since the mid-19th century, but now – due to technological advances and the threats of peak oil and climate change – their time has come and the era of the internal combustion engine (ICE) is ending. Just as demand for ICE vehicles drove up the value of fossil fuels in […]

  • 24-Jul-2017

    Supply chain sustainability driving zirconium prices higher

    Leading companies are placing increasing importance and accountability for sustainable sourcing of raw materials, and traceability throughout the supply chain. This includes auditing of suppliers to ensure that all elements or compounds can be traced back to where they have been originally mined, and then processed at various stages across the supply chain. This often […]