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Moving Forward on Minerals

Moving Forward on Minerals

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed, for the second year in a row, a bill to streamline federal laws to facilitate projects to extract critical minerals from the Earth's crust. What makes these minerals critical, you ask? Many minerals, including but not limited to so-called "rare earth elements", are critical inputs for NEMA member companies. For many of these inputs, U.S. manufacturers are dependent on uncertain sources outside the U.S. The National Strategic Read more [...]
Advanced Batteries’ Progress Cited in State of the Union

Advanced Batteries’ Progress Cited in State of the Union

The progress of advanced batteries got the attention of President Obama in yesterday's State of Union address.  America's potential "to be the world's leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries" is one of the reasons to be optimistic about the future of the United States' manufacturing sector.    Innovative companies are responding to a number of marketplace demands with technologies to power our vehicles, improve electric reliability, gain efficiency, Read more [...]
China reduces quotas for rare earth exports (again)

China reduces quotas for rare earth exports (again)

China's Ministry of Commerce announced second-half export quotas for rare earth materials this week.   The annual quota for all of 2011 that will be available for export, when expressed in terms of tonnage, appears to be the same as 2010.  But in reality, it is not.  Just two months ago, on May 16, 2011, China announced that ferroalloys containing 10% or more rare earth minerals by weight would be added to the quota computation for the first time.  This means Read more [...]