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Rare earths have been in the news this fall, after China dramatically cut exports of these vital raw materials. A member identified as Attentive Reader noted our recent coverage of the issue, and suggested a "where the rubber meets the road" story examining exactly how this is playing out in the real world.
This was a tough article for us to complete. One of the limitations of business reporting is that privately-owned businesses are under no obligation to reveal much of anything about their operations. We searched long and hard for a company willing to divulge how the rare earth shortage was affecting them. Finally, we found a positive story, about a Germany recycler that's venturing into rare earths.
Here's the article we published:
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Hi - you recently had an interesting story about how China is abusing its monopoly on rare earth elements -- which are important to electronics. But the big question is, how exactly is the rare earth shortage affecting companies around the world?
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