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Winner for Nov. 8: How China's rare earth cuts affect industry

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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: