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Market conditions point to growing stability

1:36 PM MDT | June 10, 2013 | —Vincent Valk

While the last few years have seen unstable prices and China-induced quota constraints affect the supply of the 17 rare earth elements (REEs), new supply and steady demand growth should help stabilize the market through 2017, according to an IHS Chemical report. The supply situation will vary depending on the particular REE and its end use, however, with specialized high-purity rare earths, such as neodymium, remaining in tight supply, while demand for mixed rare earth oxides (REOs) used in catalysts is expected to stagnate despite rising supply. “New...

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