Four Major Problems Faced by Rare Earth Industry in China

First, there is still severe overcapacity in primary products of rare earth. Though capacity of rare earth smelting and separation has decreased from 400 thousand tons to 300 thousand tons by integration, overcapacity is still a serious problem compared to 105 thousand tons of final production volume. In addition, illegal exploitation still exist driven by massive profits. Environmental disruption caused by illegal exploitations is not added into value of products, causing oversupply and low pri...
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Analysis on Import and Export of Rare Earth in China, 2016

China is the largest exporter of Rare Earth in the world. Rare earth mining is characterized with long process, great environmental damage and high comprehensive cost. Rare earth mining is less in other regions in the world while China is the most important exporter of rare earth resources in the world. Export volume of rare earth increases annually in China since 2012, but the total export value keeps declining due to the falling back of prices.   Export Volume of Rare Earth Metals U...
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Research Report on Rare Earth Industry in China, 2011-2020

Source: http://www.shcri.com/metals/33273-research-report-on-rare-earth-industry-in-china-2011-2020.html With the advantage of the low cost of China's rare earth mining such as lower labor costs and less environmental protection, Chinese enterprises have started the large-scale exploitation of rare earth and export since the 1990s. Therefore, China's cheap rare earth occupied the global market, and most countries in the world stopped the exploitation of rare earth. China's reserves of rare ea...
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