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GFS Expands Rare Earths

7:39 AM MDT | June 15, 2012

GFS Chemicals (Powell, OH) plans to expand its facility at Columbus, OH to manufacture cerium intermediates to back integrate its U.S. production operations. Cerium has been in short supply due to China’s restrictive policy on rare earth mineral exports, GFS says. The company is looking “to gain back market share that has been lost to the Chinese producers over the last decade,” says J. Steel Hutchinson, president of GFS. GFS, which makes specialty rare earth salts, was hurt by China’s 2010 decision to raise their export license fees to restrict the...

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