Rare Earths Sector Gathers to Decide Industry Direction
Sydney, Australia (15th June 2011) - Local players in the mining industry will gather together to discuss Australia’s future in the global rare earths market at Mining IQ’s Rare Earths and Strategic Metals Conference.
To be held on the 21st to 22nd June, the event features recognised leaders in the rare earths sector. Speakers include top level representatives from Alkane Resources, CSIRO, ANSTO Minerals and the US-based Technology Metals Research.
With China slashing their rare earths export permits in late 2010, local mining companies are keen to capitalise on this previously unavailable market. The move has also meant demand for rare earths has surged, with commentators even speculating a possible bubble in the sector.
Damien Giurco, Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures said the event is a compass for the industry and caters for key players to network and learn from each other.
Gareth Hatch, Founding Principal of US-based Technology Metals Research, and a key speaker at the event, said in an interview to Mining IQ that he sees room for Australia to take advantage of market opportunities.