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  • 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, […]

  • 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). […]