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Solvay rare earths recycling

6:22 AM MDT | October 5, 2012

Solvay says it has 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 two years of industrialization studies and site selection. “Global demand for rare earths is growing at...

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