Produce rare earth metals, don’t just export ore – Iluka Resources MD

The head of the company developing Australia’s first rare earths metals refinery has urged companies to produce high value rare earth metals locally rather than exporting ores overseas. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Iluka Resources Tom O’Leary told the company’s annual general meeting that the key Australian rare earth resources – neodymium, praseodymium,…

Beazley calls for onshore rare earths processing

By Peter Roberts Few defence ministers have done more for Australian sovereign industry capability than Kim Beazley. Most recently Governor of Western Australia, Beazley as Australian ambassador to Washington pried open US markets for Australian manufactured defence equipment, securing new markets for the likes of BAE Systems Australia’s anti-ship missile decoy rocket, Nulka. Domestically he…

China attacks Australian rare earth supplier on social media – report

China has utilised Twitter and Facebook accounts posing as Americans to undermine Australian rare earths company Lynas Rare Earths, according to a report in the Washington Post. The authoritative newspaper said China was utilising social media propaganda accounts that previously criticised Hong Kong protesters to attack a rare earths processing facility Lynas is constructing in…

Lynas receives ministerial approval for Kalgoorlie plant

Australia’s largest producer of minerals used to manufacture high technology products, Lynas Rare Earths has received ministerial approval for the rare earths processing facility it is constructing at Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. The company announced that a ministerial statement had been issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA), one of a number of approvals…