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Here's why the iPad is made in China
There’s a couple of reasons why most major consumer electronics are manufactured in China. Yes, it’s all about economy and cutting cost as much as possible, but for some gadgets like the iPad, it’s not just about cheap labor and loose governmental regulations. Interestingly, the main reason why the iPad is made in China is... rare earth metals.

China has taken over the production of rare earth metals, and now accounts for 95% of the world’s manufacturing of such metals. That’s quite interesting as the country has only 37% of the proven resources, and is also actively protecting exports of rare earth metals, which basically makes it close to impossible to manufacture gadgets like the iPad outside China. Most recently, Nokia announced it’s moving its manufacturing from Europe and into Asia, in a move urged by those very same materials there.

So what rare earth metals exactly go into an iPad, for example? Cambridge engineering professor Dr. Tim Coombs suggests the iPad’s battery may rely on lanthanum, but there could also be a “range of rare earths” in the display of the iPad, responsible for its color reproduction. The magnets on the side of the tablet are also neodymium alloy.

Question arises whether the US does something to stop that near monopoly and there’s a positive answer. President Obama has complained to the World Trade Organization over China’s rare earths policy. But in the meantime, chances are that even more manufacturing plants will continue being built in China.

source: iFixit

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posted on 20 Apr 2012, 07:39 12

2. itiswhatitis (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


i dont think obama can do anythng about that cuz China wants to be no. 1 and they will do whatever it takes to reach there!!

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 07:47 10

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes that is a huge problem. That is why most electronics are made in China. We need to start to recycle these rare Earth metals/minerals because we are starting to run out. They say that there are huge deposits of these rare Earth metals/minerals on the Moon. That is why by 2020 we are going to go back to the Moon. We are in the early stages of planning to mine the Moon for these rare Earth metals/minerals!

Without these rare Earth metals/minerals the computer/HD TV industry wouldn't be where it is right now. People don't know how much we really depend on these rare Earth metals/minerals!

I am so glad PhoneArena.com had this article. It brings to light why we ARE actually in China & the problem the computer, & HD TV businesses are facing in the near future if we can’t solve this rare Earth metals/minerals problem.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 08:22 6

4. troutsy (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Correction--On the moon they're just called Common Moon Metals?

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 09:10 2

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ok I tried to look up the term “Common Moon Metals” & I can’t find anything. All I see is rare Earth Metals/minerals. There are 17 rare Earth metals/minerals. We are really going to the Moon to mine these rare Earth metals/minerals, the term you stated I just can’t find even in Google. If you really want to be technical the rare Earth metals/minerals are really called:

1) Scandium (Sc)
2) Yttrium (Y)
3) Lanthanum (La)
4) Cerium (Ce)
5) Praseodymium (Pr)
6) Neodymium (Nd)
7) Promethium (Pm)
8) Samarium (Sm)
9) Europium (Eu)
10) Gadolinium (Gd)
11) Terbium (Tb)
12) Dysprosium (Dy)
13) Holmium (Ho)
14) Erbium (Er)
15) Thulium (Tm)
16) Ytterbium (Yb)
17) Lutetium (Lu)

These are used for multiple purposes, from memory for computers, high temperature superconductors, microwaves, camera lenses, magnets, carbon arc lighting, nuclear batteries, x-ray tubes, MRI contrast agents, neutron capture, to even lasers. There are so many more but I listed just some of the more common ones if you will.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:28 2

11. downphoenix (Posts: 2304; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Its called a joke.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 12:28 1

22. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I figured that but I really got into the topic. I actually know a lot about this stuff, as you can see. lol

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 11:09 1

14. Fluxman (Posts: 48; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BNsrK6P9QvI

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 12:26

21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


^^^
lol

That was great.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 17:17

28. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


IMHO,the next century will see the mining of such minerals in our only satelite the Moon,where they are as plentiful as water on Earth. These materials are non renewable,and the tens in high tech electronics is in its beginning stages. Rare Earth Minerals are to us now what spices were to Europeans in the 1400s.
Here is a little bit i found on the web...
"The moon is the gateway to the solar system and one of only two logical next steps for humanity, alongside Mars. Mining the moon for rare earths may not be economically viable today, but building mines in the KREEP Terrane will almost certainly be one of humanity’s future steps as we reach for the outer solar system and for the stars."

Here is the link...

http://www.rareearthelements.us/lunar_kreep

Definitely a possibility.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 14:30 3

26. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 861; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


You are really off key here this is just a small reason to be in China. The most important reason is profit due to low labor cost. Man let me tell you that NAFTA is a joke, and so is this article. China is now opening factories in South America and so is Apple. This is because labor is cheaper in SA. Before 2008 the Chinese imported labor from South America. After the fall of the US economy they sent them back rather than pay them unemployment. Now they are opening plants there to not have to bring cheap labor there and possibly have to pay unemployment if the economy falls.

South America is where the Secret service got busted....President O'bama was headed there to finalize free trade NAFTA. Now Apple and other American companies can join China in opening plants in China to cut labor cost because labor there is cheap. Vietnam is another place we are now opening manufacturing to cut labor cost...wake up...damn!

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 15:01 1

27. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes no one is disputing that. Cheap labor can be found anywhere. The rare Earths cannot be found everywhere, not in great abundance like in China!

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 17:40 1

29. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 861; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Regardless they are there for cheap labor period...don't get it twisted. You just want a feel good Apple story. The truth is labor was the main reason for Apple and any other company to be in China!

Apple is not there for rare earth benefits. They may benefit from the rare earth materials, but that is secondary or even last in their minds reason for being there period. Paying a few dollars a month and no heath care or pension benefits is very lucrative! Some people can easily be persuaded to cheer for a company that they love even if they do wrong it seems!

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 20:05

30. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Dude you can't make any high end electronic devices with out the rare Earths. Cheap labor is anywhere. Why go over seas when you can go to South America for cheap labor.

The reason they go to China is because the materials to make the Retina display (just an example) is most abundant & cheapest in China. What good is it to have the cheapest labor if you don't have the minerals or rare Earths to even make the products?

That is why they are in China, just as the article is implies.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 21:25 1

31. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 861; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


You are out of your tree if you think this is the real reason they are there. This is just a cover story to make you and any other gullible idiot feel all fuzzy and warm inside that Apple's being in China for rare earth metals, and is the main reason why Apple is there. Get your head out of your arse wake up and smell the coffee! They go where ever labor is cheap and that there are no unions, health care or pensions! This is why they are opening a plant in South America.There is no Rare Earth in South America but labor is so cheap Foxconn has a plant there and Apple, and cheap labor is their main reason for being there. Rare Earth Materials can be shipped any where ok!

China will sell whom ever when ever they can for profit. They are quite the capitalist for sure, and they won't mind undermining the competition to achieve their goal. This article is called spinning positive PR to make ones business model look ethical, and clean, but the truth is they are subverted and this is just a rouge

"Exports have been stable. China will continue to export, and will manage rare earths based on WTO rules."

this is taken from an article printed by the BBC..... quoted by a Chinese official. Point being China export's rare earth, and there is no need to go to China to get it. Yes China tries to control exports to drive prices up. But this still is no reason to move manufacturing to China unless you want to cut labor cost!

How naive some of you are....I think not....again you just want to sleep better at night when you dream of your iProduct's, and kids working in factories, and students working for free under mandatory internships, and piss poor working conditions, some dying because of hazardous chemical exposure. Now this article justifies all of these bad things and now Apple is there fighting the good fight for rare earth material! lol give me a break!

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 09:00

35. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Look the way you talk makes you sound so foolish. First of all I don't like or have any Apple products. You are assuming that I own or like Apple products.Had to get that out of the way.

Now cheap labor. Dude you don't get it. China SAYS if you want the rare Earth metals you NEED to work it in China. All the companies don't have a CHOICE. China is forcing them to work & build their products there. You are clueless about the whole topic. Since China has rare Earths that the WORLD is demanding, & China has t set up that only they can distribute them BUT only in China.

If China didn't have the world by their balls people would NOT be going to China. Like I said there is cheap labor everywhere. The rare Earths are not. Now other countries can finally compete with China because they can now mine the rare Earth just as cheaply as China is the only reason why the US is looking elsewhere now.

You are in the clouds if you really thing that cheap labor is the only reason why all major electronics, science, nuclear, & other high tech companies are in China. With out China's rare Earths you would not have the computer you use, the mobile phone or even your new iPad. If you ever saw Avatar, remember they were there for the ore, that is the same with all high tech companies, they want the rare Earths & if the could have left China they would have but since 2001 China would force them to work there with the rare Earth but now there are some choices. You will see how fast they leave China once they have the RARE EARTHS. The target of all countries & NOT cheap labor.

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 09:33

36. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 861; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


I never assumed you had any Apple products, it is you who assumed that I did! I never mentioned it either However; I did mention that you are cheer leading Apple like a sissy girl. You can put your pom pom's down ok. When I stated that you dream of I products I was merely referring to your cozy slumbering thoughts about products that Apple makes whether you own them or not is irrelevant to how you are cheer leading them.

I think Apple makes revolutionary products on the back of cheap labor period. The last labor analysis they had proves this! Now this is just a P.R. spin for you and some "iFans" to feel good about how its achieved. Does this diminish my thoughts of how Apple has changed PCS and computing ....."Hell " no! I am not trying to demonize them, but it is what it is.

Being that China exports rare earth material there is no reason to be there except free, and cheap labor. Rare earth is just a bonus. Now your childish arse wants to compare Avatar to this situation, and all I can say about that is the people in Avatar, and China both got it handed to them for greedy ambitions for a few.

Get your head out of your arse cheap labor is the main reason we are in China, and you are foolish to believe other wise. Why am I having this conversation with an idiot like you who assumed that I was a kid on my mom's computer when you are the one showing your self to be the real ignorant child.

Believe what you want but I can prove you wrong every step of the way. The fact that China "EXPORTS" these rare metals proves this fact, you are just too foolish, and ignorant to acknowledge this.

China exports rare earth material, but the problem has been that they cut exports to drive prices up. That's it that's all there is to it. You can get rare earths without going to China. 
The End!

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 16:47 1

37. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Dude I respect professionals over you. The Wallstreet Journal, Time Magazine, Newsweek, the NY Times all say that we are in China for the rare Earths. These people are pro's they know what they are talking about.

If China was exporting these rare Earths like you say then all major science, electronic, & nuclear would not be in China. There is cheaper labor out there. So you need to stop thinking about pom poms & see the truth. The rare Earths are the goal of why we are in China. When the next country figures out how to get the rare Earths cheaper & faster we will dump China & go there.

They don't make money with the cheap labor they make money off of the rare Earths. Man this is just so silly that you don't get it. This article said it & there are many others that know this.

I have been posting on PhoneArena.com for ever & never have I cheered Apple. So your demented cheer leading comment is just baseless & stupid. You have no idea yet you talk so much sh*t.

Now its THE END.

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 17:56

38. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 861; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


The media will always print self serving propaganda. The fact that these rare earth minerals can be "EXPORTED" negates any bull s**t that they print. Just because they put it in print doesn't mean it's true. Look at NY Times author A.R Sorkin's movie Too Big To Fail, and then watch the documentary The Inside Job and decide about self serving media!

A few weeks ago CBS I think did a report on Foxconn and Apples employment relationship. The reporter said employees were mistreated and over worked, and then seem to recant the story.

Three weeks later Phone Arena and other media agencies including the world labor organization stated that Foxconn, and Apple had over worked employees, and made many work over time for free.

As for you quoting me as saying China is exporting is off key yet again. I posted a quote that was printed mentioning that China is in fact exporting rare earth. I track the stock market daily and can tell you its all about profits. China curbed their exports to drive up prices.

You are are as ignorant as you sound by posting the different types of rare earths that China has making some think you are a genius when in fact you are not. You saying they don't make money through cheap labor shows just how ignorant you truly are. " I bet you are just some snot nosed kid using his grandma's computer to make yourself seem bigger than you really are!" Since you have an affinity for trusting news media Check the Forbes article on China "EXPORT" restrictions below, as well as The Washington Post, and other news media articles.

"A new trade dispute is brewing over China's export of rare earth minerals." courtesy NPR News

"Beijing has set quotas for exports of rare earths, which are critical to the manufacture of high-tech products from hybrid cars to flat-screen TVs." BBC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic le/2010/12/28/AR2010122804960.html Washington post article

"Over the past 30 years, the United States and the rest of the world have become dependent on imports, many from China, for 19 key minerals. These so-called “rare earth” minerals are used in the integrated circuits found in most computers and smartphones, as well as stereo equipment, radar technologies and missile guidance systems." Forbes

I could go on about the "EXPORT" restrictions that China has made but for what. You are too damn ignorant to comprehend the facts as they are. I have posted plenty of facts to substantiate what I am saying, a yet you have not and quote bullshit columns on the need for rare earths. Yes there is a need, and yes China has them, but There is no need to relocate jobs and manufacturing to China for rare earth.Again post any article that suggest that you have to move to China to acquire rare earth metals or shut up little boy!

Who cares how long you have been on this site you are cheering Apple in this article based on misleading information wake up fool!

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 18:22

39. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 861; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Phone Arena just printed an article about a blogger that slighted Google for pay from two of Google's competitor's. Any one wanting to spin a positive PR light can print what ever they like about a company. People trust the media to print the truth, but true journalism died with the coming of multi-million dollar ad campaigns.

Also if a journalist is biased towards a company or product it's get's favored reviews regardless of the function...Look at Ray S One X review that almost turned into a One X vs Apple. Then look at the unbiased Apple VS One X review later....enough said on the media as the gospel.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 13:03

41. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Look these are respected media outlets I told you about. They are not the National Enquirer. I totally respect their opinion over yours.

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 18:34

40. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 861; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


"Beijing's tough defense of its rare-earths export quotas is expected to escalate trade disputes over the minerals and spur mining investments—although China has strengths in the industry that are potentially long-lasting." This quote is Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal you media source of choice

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304450004577278770612555292.html

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 07:45

44. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You are kidding right? Do you even know what that means? lol You are a funny, funny guy!

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 19:51

42. miles16852 (Posts: 208; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


you REALLY need a reality check !I guess just because the article says it, you totally think its 100% accurate! lol

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 07:50

45. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ok let me guess this is some huge conspiracy the media has come up with. PhoneArena.com is in with the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek & CNN. C'mon man how can all of them be wrong & QWIKSTRIKE be right?

Looks like you are in need of a reality check my man. Remember cheap labor is everywhere, China only exports their rare Earths to places they choose not where the companies want them.

China controls every aspect of the rare Earths distribution. Fact is fact!

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 08:32 7

5. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


You don have to go read all these. Cheap labour, you can make them work 24*7 for pennies and the Peoples Democracy wont give a crap about it. Simple as that.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 09:18

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You can get cheap labor anywhere. You can't get these rare Earth metals/minerals anywhere but China. That is the real and only reason electronics are made in China.

It just happens to also have cheap labor all at the same time. If these rare Earth metals/minerals were more abundant we would not be feeding a communist country with money. We most definitely would be elsewhere that is not communist. Say India for example or maybe Brazil, it’s just that these elements are almost 100% exclusive to China!

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 19:53

43. miles16852 (Posts: 208; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


BULL! you CANNOT get cheap labor just ANYWHERE! Please come back to earth and stop your moon minning for rare moon metals!

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 07:55

46. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Are you stupid, you can go to Africa, South America, there are so many places they can go. They only reason we are in China is because of the laws China has set up & their huge reserves of the rare Earths. China is making money on the rare Earths & the factories they are opening to refine & manufacture.

Guy you have no idea what you are talking about. China is communist they CONTROL EVERYTHING. That is how communism works. Educate yourself!

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 17:02

48. juneminuse (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


You can't get the type of cheap labor in CHINA that you can elsewhere when this all started. China not only had the population for the labor demand they also had the level of education required for the level of work that are required of them. Try to go to Africa and find cheap labor that consists of people with higher than 80 IQ, good luck... the fact is we were there for cheap labor in the first place, long before iPads or apple or consumer electronics. Apple is a company that cares about profit and TRUST me and EVERYONE ELSE that is posting on your article that CHEAP LABOR is the MAIN REASON apple outsources to FOXCONN. =]

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 08:42

50. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You are 100% wrong. By you assuming that these Chinese workers have an IQ higher than 80 makes you completely delusional. The people that are working at these Foxconn factories you are talking about at the lowest of the low in Chinese society. Anyone with a half way decent education ARE NOT working at Foxxconn. You my friend are 100% wrong. China has too many people to take care of because they are the most populous country. Their best they use anyone else has to do the crummy jobs like Foxconn for instance.

The rare Earths are the only reason we are there. China only exports to places they deem fit & can control. China is communist & wants TOTAL control of every aspect of the rare Earths business.

Cheap labor is elsewhere. To install the same piece in an assembly line 3000 or more times a day can be done with the dumbest non educated persons in the world. China is not the only country full of cheap labor, there is cheaper out there believe it or not.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 15:29

51. juneminuse (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


I'm not saying that Chinese people are smarter than Africans or South Americans. I'm just stating that there a bigger population of more adequate workers for what high-tech industries need right now. Yes there are assembly lines and no it does not take a genius to do most of the work. But there is not better cheap work force in the work right now. Try running a factory in Mexico and see where the difference lies.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 12:05

47. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ohh & here is a link about the space mining:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/money/asteroid-mining-venture-backed-google-execs-james-cameron-unveiled-article-1.1066510

This was straight from today 04/24/12. lol

You need to educate yourself my man!

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 09:29 4

8. MYTHiKAL (Posts: 33; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


The article does not state that ONLY china has them.. It just says, that China has a huge % of it.. and basically that they are the ones that are taking advantage of this and mining the heck out of them.. the US also has a huge percentage of it,, but like everything else, the US will not get deep into mining until everyone else is out of their resources.. LOL

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 09:44 1

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes and no. The U.S. does have these rare Earth metals/minerals but not nearly as much as China does. It's understood throughout the world that China has the most of these elements. The U.S. is going to the Moon in 2020 to start to set up a Lunar base so they can take off to Mars (for exploration/mining purposes) from there, instead of Earth & to mine the Moon for these rare Earth metals/minerals that we are going to need.

The Moon is going change drastically in the next 20 years or so.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:18 2

10. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


No, MYTHiKAL is right. China only accounts for around 30-40% of the worldwide mineral distribution, but they flooded the market with cheap magnets and parts so they now represent 95% of the market. Australia, Greenland and, yes, even the US aren't hurting for elements either. The problem is getting to them cheaply and without messing up the environment badly in the process...

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 11:08 1

13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I finally found some numbers to back my information.

Here is a list of countries with their RESERVES of "t REO" (t REO = metric tonnes of rare earth oxide)

United States: 13,000,000
Australia: 5,400,000
Brazil: 48,000
China: 36,000,000
CIS: 19,000,000
India: 3,100,000
Malaysia: 30,000
Other countries: 22,000,000

Source: Mineral Commodities Summary 2010, U.S. Geological Survey (t REO = metric tonnes of rare earth oxide)

That was as of 2010. Now they are saying that China is up past the 50,000,000 in reserves as of today.

So you can see China has the most in the world in reserves just waiting, not to mention what they have already mined since 2001. You are right about the environment but the fact is China has had & has the most. The United States doesn't have nearly as much as China, why do you think they are going into the extreme of planning to go to the Moon in 2020?

They have just found (well in 2011) a HUGE deposit of rare Earths in Afghanistan. They said there is enough to supply the WHOLE world for over 10 years.

Reserves link:

http://www.wikinvest.com/concept/China's_Rare_Earth_Dominance

Afghanistan link:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=afghanistan-holds-enormous-bounty-of-rare-earths

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 12:01

17. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


According to the wikinvest article you posted, I was dead on with the 30-40% figure... so how am I wrong again? We're talking about maintaining a monopoly, not who has the biggest pile of special sand.
Also, do you have an article or something on this moon mining thing? It doesn't seem reasonably feasible in the next 8 years considering how much work it is just to maintain satellites...

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 12:22

19. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Umm I never spoke of monopoly ever. You are confusing me with someone else. The fact is that China is the world’s leader in rare Earths reserves by a long shot. With out the "biggest pile of sand" our arguement doesn't even matter. The world is in China for that "biggest pile of special sand" you talk of. No one said you were wrong.

About the Moon, this is an official NASA document from their website as of 2009 check this out:

http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/368984main_Every_ones_going_to_the_Moon.pdf

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 12:34

23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


We just don't have satellites in space, we have a full blown Space Station. Remember we went to the Moon in 1969 with primitive computers. Today’s cheapo scientific calculator has more computing power than what they used in 1969.

With today's technology not to mentions 8 years from now tech we can easily go back to the Moon & even start to build a colony there.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:59 3

12. Whateverman (Posts: 3196; Member since: 17 May 2009)


The rare earth metals reason may be true, but it's still a BS reason why ALL manufacturing has to be done in China. These companies could outsourses another company to manufacture and ship batteries to the US if they wanted to. These companies are greedy, they can make their products cheaper in China, they make even more money paying pennies to Chinese workers, that's why they do it, Period.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 11:20

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


China has undercut the world market, that is why the production there is at a staggering 97%. Other counties had to stop mining because they couldn't compete with China's dirty tactics.

Now countries around the world are calling for China to change their ways, even President Obama has called out China on their practices regarding the rare Earth problem.

All major players in the electronics, energy & sciences are forced to deal with China because the biggest deposits in the world are there & because the prices they charge. The cheap labor is just a bonus that China has thrown in there because they want to be the top player in that game. Just like the Middle East is synonymous with oil, China is synonymous with rare Earths, even if it was done in a shady kind of way.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 22:30

32. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 861; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


China exports rare earth material, but the problem has been that they cut exports to drive prices up. That's it that's all there is to it. You can get rare earths without going to China. SuperAndroid is advocating for Apple with his lips still stuck in SJ's butt. Factually post any fact that says that China does not export Rare Earth, and that manufacturers have to head to china for rare earth. Get a grip.

"Exports have been stable. China will continue to export, and will manage rare earths based on WTO rules."

"They argue that by limiting exports, China, which produces more than 95% of the world's rare earth metals, has pushed up prices."

These two quote's are from an article printed by the BBC, and the first one is from a Chinese official.
This supports there is no need to go to China for rare earths because China exports it. The problem is that they have slowed exports to cause the prices for rare earths to make a profit....quite the capitalist aren't they.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 17:04

49. juneminuse (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


You can't get the type of cheap labor in CHINA that you can elsewhere when this all started. China not only had the population for the labor demand they also had the level of education required for the level of work that are required of them. Try to go to Africa and find cheap labor that consists of people with higher than 80 IQ, good luck... the fact is we were there for cheap labor in the first place, long before iPads or apple or consumer electronics. Apple is a company that cares about profit and TRUST me and EVERYONE ELSE that is posting on your article that CHEAP LABOR is the MAIN REASON apple outsources to FOXCONN. =]

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 11:37 2

16. joeyrushlow (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


Just to add to this article of everyone worrying about China having a stranglehold on rare earth metals, there is actually a huge manufacturing going on right on the border of CA and NV, they will be able to produce these at supposedly lower cost than China (or at least competitively) and it's a huge operation (enough to supply the US). This old gold mine should be able to get us these supplies at a better price (should also help the price of electronics) and this startup was help funded by the GOVERNMENT (I know, they did something good finally lol).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Pass_rare_earth_mine

=D

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 12:03 1

18. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


Look up Mount Weld, Kvanefjeld, and Strange Lake
There are quite a few places around the world that have some pretty big untapped deposits.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 12:24

20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yep I am glad others keep up with this stuff.

+1 for both of you! lol

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 14:13

24. itiswhatitis (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


Man.. you sure do have lots of knowledge

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 14:25 1

25. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


What happens when these rare elements go 'extinct'?

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 06:55 2

33. becazican (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


This article is such bull****, the main reason why ipads are built in china is mainly because of slave labor, period. the u s can provide the rare earth metals but cant provide people who are working 12 hr shifts 7 days a week and living in dormitories while making 12 bucks a day. Apple has turned into one of the worst companies in the world for exploiting human labor. All the electronic companies are right behind them.What suckers we are to suppport them

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 09:12

34. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


Chimpokomon!

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