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  • 06-Nov-2018

    REVIEW OF THE CHINESE ZOC MARKET AND GLOBAL FORECAST

    Zirconium oxychloride (ZOC) producers face tougher environmental standards in China, while materials costs are increasing worldwide, especially for zircon. Smaller producers are shutting down, the Chinese industry is consolidating, and ZOC prices are rising. In addition, many zircon mines are reaching the end of their life and supply chain stockpiles are dwindling, so the global […]

  • 12-Oct-2018

    From hay to oil to rare earths: feeding the evolving transport market

    This is an update to my previous article about the challenges of meeting exponential demand for electric vehicles (EVs). The global transport market’s hunger for EVs is voracious and growing. In 2017, 1million new electric cars were sold – 54% more than in 2016 – along with 100,000 electric buses and 30million electric scooters/bikes, mostly […]

  • 03-Oct-2018

    Advanced defence technology depends on Dubbo

    To monitor threats and defeat hostile actions, we expect advanced defence forces to deploy – increasingly by remote control – high-performance machines and systems that can withstand extreme environments, including space. Producing these advanced technologies requires a sustainable supply of critical materials: rare earths, zirconium, hafnium, and niobium. The United States, Japan, Korea, and European […]

  • 10-Sep-2018

    As smartphones switch to ceramic cases, look to zirconia supply

    Ask the average person about the applications of ceramics and you’ll probably get a list like this: kitchenware, decorative objects, bricks, tiles and pipes. This is a good summation of the first 20,000 years of ceramic technology, but in recent decades the list has lengthened dramatically to include specialised ceramic materials with advanced applications ranging […]

  • 23-Aug-2018

    Investors in the clean metals megatrend will clean up

    The megatrend towards clean energy sources and industrial processes is driven by consumers and governments holding industry accountable for environmental sustainability and accelerated by research and innovation. A major source of greenhouse gas emissions is the extraction of metals from their ores, traditionally involving reduction with carbon at high temperatures, or electrolysis. Both processes are […]

  • 31-Jul-2018

    Australia 2030: Lithium can’t do it alone

    Australia is finally waking up to the economic potential of its in-ground high technology elements, with the launch of the Lithium Valley report in Western Australia, by Regional Development Australia – a partnership between the Australian, state and territory and local governments. This report looks beyond the domestic extraction of lithium-rich ores, supporting value-added processing […]

  • 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, […]