Global Rare Earths Elements in High-Tech Industries Report 2020: Focus on Semiconductors, HDDs, LCDs, Consumer Products, and Green Technology


Dublin, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Rare Earths Elements in High-Tech Industries: Market Analysis and Forecasts amid China's Trade Embargo" report from The Information Network has been added to's offering.

This report analyzes applications and markets for rare earth materials, with particular emphasis on high-tech industries such as semiconductors, HDDs, LCDs, consumer products, and green technology.

Rare earth elements (REE) are a group of 15-17 elements comprising the lanthanides (atomic numbers 57-71) plus yttrium and scandium. Rare earths have a number of specific optical, magnetic and catalytic properties which drive demand across a wide range of applications.

However, by volume, permanent magnets and catalysts account for more than half of global demand. The weighting towards permanent magnets is even higher when looked at on a value perspective, with some estimates that the application accounted for over 90% of rare earth demand in 2020. As such, it is the key driver of the market.

The structural shift to the green economy is a significant driver of our bullish outlook on rare earth prices. In particular, an increasing shift to electric vehicles (EV) is expected to drive a significant increase in demand for rare earths, particularly neodymium. Adding 2kg of REE in the form of a rare earth electric vehicle drive results in motor efficiency 2-5% higher than alternatives, saving energy over its lifetime. Being more efficient, the target range for an EV is achieved with a smaller, lighter and cheaper battery, which is critical given the battery represents around 50% of the cost of an EV.

The RE supply chain encompasses everything from mining and separation through to alloying, metal making and eventual manufacturing in catalysts, magnets etc. While mining is relatively straightforward, separation of concentrate to oxide is not, reflecting both the financial and technical hurdles of separation, plus its environmental impacts. As a result, the vast majority of LREE separation is done in China, with the notable exception of Lynas' Malaysian facility and soon-to-be commissioned MP Material's facility. All HREE separation is done in China.

This monopoly on separation has led to China's domination of downstream metal, alloy and magnet making, and while countries like the U.S might like to change that, China's status reflects over two decades of investment and an undeniable market leader position in terms of rare earth reserves. In the next section, we cover global reserves, mine supply, key producers and projects, plus some of the key magnet makers.

Key Topics Covered:

Chapter 1 Introduction
1.1 Rare Earth Element Characteristics
1.2 Rare Earth Element Resources
1.3 Overview of Rare Earth Element Applications

Chapter 2. Rare Earth Industry
2.1 China Rare Earth Industry
2.1.1 China's Production
2.1.2 China Rare Earth Production Structure
2.1.3 China Rare Earth Consumption Structure
2.1.4 China Export of Rare Earths
2.1.5 Recent Activities Of China's Rare Earth Industry Consolidation Of China's Rare Earth Industry Export Quotas
2.2 Rest Of World's Rare Earth Industry
2.2.1 UNITED STATES Mountain Pass Utah Rare Earth Project Bear Lodge Rare-Earth Project Elk Creek Bokan-Dotson Ridge Diamond Creek Lemhi Pass
2.2.2 CANADA MacLeod Lake Project Hoidas Lake Benjamin River Project Douglas River Project Nechalacho Rare Earth Element Project Archie Lake Bulstrode Rare Earth Property Mount Copeland Cross Hills Newfoundland Kipawa Strange Lake Ytterby Grevet REE Turner Falls
2.2.3 SOUTH AFRICA Steenkampskraal Mine South Africa
2.2.4 AUSTRALIA Nolans Bore Mount Weld Jungle Well/ Laverton
2.2.5 GREENLAND Kvanefjeld Project
2.2.6 ARGENTINA Cueva del Chacho Susques Property - Jujuy Province John Galt Project
2.2.7 INDIA Indian Rare Earth
2.2.8 RUSSIA Kutessay II
2.3 Profiles of Mining Corporations

Chapter 3 Rare Earth Market Analysis
3.1 Overview
3.2 Rare Earth Market
3.2.1 Domestic Production and Consumption
3.2.2 China Production and Consumption
3.3 Global Rare Earth Market Analysis

Chapter 4 Impact on Hi-Tech Applications
4.1 Overview
4.2 Semiconductors
4.2.1 Technology Impacted High-k Dielectrics Polishing Powders
4.2.2 Rare Earth Material Used
4.2.3 Market Forecast of Impacted Semiconductor Devices/Materials
4.3 Hard Disk Drives (HDDs)
4.3.1 Technology Impacted Neo Magnets for HDDs High Strength Glass Substrates Polishing Materials
4.3.2 Rare Earth Material Used
4.3.3 Market Forecast of Impacted HDD Devices/Materials
4.4 Mobile and Mobile Internet Devices
4.4.1 Technology Impacted
4.4.2 Rare Earth Material Used
4.4.3 Market Forecast of Impacted Mobile Devices/Materials
4.5 Solid State Lighting - LED/CFL
4.5.1 Technology Impacted Phosphors for Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) Phosphors for Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)
4.5.2 Rare Earth Material Used
4.5.3 Market Forecast of Impacted LED Devices/Materials
4.6 Green Technology
4.6.1 Technology Impacted Magnets for Hybrid Vehicle Electric Motors and Brakes Neo Magnets for Wind Turbines Cerium for Catalytic Converters for Automobiles
4.6.2 Rare Earth Material Used
4.6.3 Market Forecast of Impacted Green Devices/Materials
4.6.4 Other Green Technologies

Chapter 5. U.S Strategic Metal Perspective
5.1 The Application of Rare Earth Metals in National Defense
5.2 Rare Earth Resources and Production Potential
5.3 Supply Chain Issues
5.4 Rare Earth Legislation in the 115th Congress

Chapter 6 European Strategic Metal Perspective
6.1 Assessing Criticality
6.1.1 Geological And Technical Availability
6.1.2 Key Terms And Definitions
6.1.3 Geological Availability
6.1.4 Technological Development
6.1.5 Geopolitical-Economic Availability
6.2 Results And List Of Critical Raw Materials
6.2.1 Economic Importance And Supply Risks
6.2.2 Future Perspectives On Raw Material Demand - Implications Of Technological Change.
6.2.3 Emerging technologies and raw materials

Chapter 7 Rebuilding a U.S. Supply Chain
7.1 Materials Supply Chain Challenges And Opportunities
7.2 Impact of Price Hikes by Application

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