Title: Economics of rare earths: the balance problem
Authors: Binnemans, Koen
Jones, Peter Tom
Van Acker, Karel
Eyckmans, Johan #
Issue Date: 2012
Conference: 8th International Conference on f-Elements (ICFE-8) location:Udine (Italy) date:26-31 August 2012
Abstract: The rare earths are found in nature as mixtures of the different elements in certain ratios, which can show slight variations depending on the type of ore or geographical location. It is important that the market demands for the different rare earths are in agreement with the abundance ratios of these elements, to avoid surpluses of certain metals. Surpluses create imbalances of the rare-earths markets. It must be realized that the surpluses cannot be solved by lowering volumes of rare-earth ores that are mined, because this will cause a shortage of less abundant rare earths that are in high demand.
Description: Lecture by Koen Binnemans
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Molecular Design and Synthesis
Sustainable Metals Processing and Recycling
Research Center of Energy, Transport and Environment, Leuven
Research Centre for Economics and Corporate Sustainability, Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
# (joint) last author

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