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Could closed rare earth mining facility become America’s newest national lab?

By April Gocha / July 25, 2017

The CEO of advanced materials manufacturing company American Elements recently met with White House officials to vie for the government to nationalize the U.S.’s last remaining rare earth mine.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / July 10, 2015

Logan Clay celebrates 125 years, Molycorp restructures to deal with debt, and more ceramics and glass business news of the week for July 10, 2015.

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China edges rare earth exports ceiling upwards, but demand slack continues; new RE extraction method surfaces

By / August 28, 2012

Relative stock prices of Molycorp (blue line) and Lynas (green) compared to Dow Jones Industrial Average (red) since August increase in China’s rare earth exports quota. Source: Yahoo Finance. Recent developments around the world related to rare earth elements continue to suggest that strategic concerns are being supplanted by shorter-term economic, environmental and technical considerations,…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / February 3, 2012

Here is what we are hearing: Integration of Hanse Chemie Inc. USA, into Evonik Goldschmidt Corp. As of Jan. 1, 2012, the US Hanse Chemie business of Hanse Chemie AG and Nanoresins AG, has been merged into Evonik Goldschmidt Corp. At the same time, Hanse Chemie Inc. USA has been dissolved as a legal entity.…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / September 27, 2011

Check ’em out: Profile of the Department for Nanostructured Materials at the Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia): An evolution of a ceramics department Study indicates that titanium oxide nanoparticles cause brain damage in fish Molycorp falls as JPMorgan cuts rating on rare-earth decline Researchers develop new class of energy-storage device – a “surface-mediated cell” – that has…

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Rare earth bets becoming factor in wind turbine direct-drive generator startup investments

By / September 23, 2011

Credit: NREL. About a week ago, Boulder Wind Power, a maker of a direct-drive system with what’s been described as a low-speed permanent magnet generator for utility-scale wind turbines, announced that it had received $35 million in investment venture capital firm NEA and rare-earth producer Molycorp. Molycorp’s involvement, presumably, is based on its insights to rare-earth markets…

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One step forward, one step back for Molycorp-Hitachi rare earths relationship; Sumitomo deal stalled

By / August 18, 2011

I am still trying to figure out exactly what to make of this: Last week, Molycorp issued its quarterly report to investors, in which it both announced a “master supply agreement” to provide Hitachi with didymium alloy (a neodymium and praseodymium mix) and lanthanum oxide for magnet manufacturing, but also announced it had cut off talks…

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They write letters . . . on the U.S.’s rare-earth defense strategy

By / February 2, 2011

(h/t to RareMetalBlog) Two U.S. senators from Alaska and a U.S. representative from Colorado are steamed about what they perceive is the Department of Defense’s lax attitude toward the strategic supply of rare-earth elements. Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski along with Representative Mike Coffman last week dispatched a long letter to DOD Secretary Robert…

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Rare earth scramble heats up; California mine opening imminent

By / December 23, 2010

Molycorp’s Mountain Pass mine. Credit: Wikipedia Commons Apparently the DOE’s release of its first Critical Materials Strategy was one in a series of announcements about how various companies and countries are taking bigger steps to lock rare earth elements strategies in place. • On Dec. 20, the Asian News Network reported that Molycorp will reopen…

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Materials stories that may also be of interest

By / November 2, 2010

At the end of each week, I end up with a list of a bunch of stories I started to write about, or started to investigate or didn’t even get that far even though the topic looked intriguing, but, I had a meeting to go to … Anyway, it’s Friday, and rather than have these…

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