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Solvay Opens Rare Earth Recycling Units in France

6:10 AM MDT | September 27, 2012 | Ian Young

Solvay says it has officially opened two rare earth recycling units in France. The units are based on a process developed by Solvay for recovering rare earths contained in end-of-life equipment such as low-energy light bulbs, batteries, or magnets. These recycling units will help Solvay to diversify its sources of supply and preserve resources, the company says. The €15-million ($19.3 million) project was approved in 2011, following two years of R&D, and 2 years of industrialization studies and site selection. Low-energy light bulbs are rich in the...

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