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China continues to reduce rare earth production as prices fall

Posted on 06 June 2013

Rare earth metal prices have been falling steadily for the last couple of years, in spite of China reducing export volumes. Usually a reduction of supply results in a rise in prices, but the falls are indicative of the size of the REE bubble that had formed around the turn of the decade.
Chuin-Weip noted in the WSJ last week that Chinese exports had plummeted 71% in 2012 from 2011; however, this year has seen a remarkable change – exports have been picking up, with April’s figure of 2,196 metric tons almost six times larger by tonnage from a year earlier and a 28% rise from March, according to China customs data quoted in the article………………………………………..Full Article: Source


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