Competition for rare earth metals
Chinaâ€™s dominant position in the arena of rare earth metalsÂ used in new technology such as batteries for hybrid cars and magnetic motors could be eroded by an Australian listed company â€“ Greenland Mineral and Energy. The company is planning to list in London next year, pending the resolution of a couple of issues.
Greenland Minerals and Energy thinks it probably has access to the world’s largest depositis of rare earth metals and uranium — used to make nuclear energy.
Global consumption of rare earths last year is estimated at 135,000 tonnes or $1.5-$2.0 billion in 2008. Demand is forecast to grow by 65 percent by 2012 from 2008 levels.