Japan finds rare earth materials that could lower the cost of electronics
posted by Michael H. / Mar 25, 2013, 6:23 PM
This is especially important because while other countries like the US and Australia have been increasing production of the seventeen rare earth elements, China still controls the heavier metals such as dysprosium, terbium, europium, and ytterbium. Making the situation worse, China began to restrict exports in 2009, and forced companies to build factories in China.
In addition to mobile electronics, these rare earth materials are used in electronics including car parts, TVs, lasers, low-energy lightbulbs, and various military equipment and weapons.
source: The Telegraph
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Japan > all
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 6:33 PM 13
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Well, I praise the Japanese for this effort to have China lower its rates. Us, consumers, will benefit most from this - cheaper devices!! Nothing wrong with that.
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 8:32 PM 7
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Power of supply and demand...
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 6:35 PM 6
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I have a question... if its "rare"... doesnt that mean that it is not abundant and therefore not a good choice for mass production?
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 8:59 PM 0
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Here's an easier explanation. I'm buying bulks of raw material from you for $.10 each. Let's say you gain $1mil/y in profit from my purchases. I recently discover a new material that allows me to do the same as your material but the whole process of labor is much cheaper than buying it off you. Am I going to keep purchasing your material or am I going to mine this newly discovered one all the way to the center of the earth? Also, are you willing to go with $500k/y over nothing at all? You're basically going against the earth. You will end up having an abundance of raw materials and will beg me to buy it at $250k/y.
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 10:16 PM 0
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Bucko, as we learned in Chemistry 101, there's a section of the Periodic Table called Rare Earth elements or metals. The name is a bit misleading; the minerals are relatively plentiful, just not in concentrations that make extraction highly efficient.
posted on Mar 26, 2013, 12:01 AM 1
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Wow, the Chinese government purposely restricted exports so companies were forced to build in China? Thats so dirty... I hope that manufacturing bubble blows up really bad for their poor decision...
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 6:43 PM 5
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dude, china is smart. there are deposits in central africa too, and companies are basically raping the land and giving nothing back to the people. at least china used its leverage to create jobs and revenues.
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 7:59 PM 2
Can someone explain me what is RARE EARTH is on electronics? Sorry all i remember someone told me its bad and its in every electornic device like PC's ect
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 7:51 PM 0
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They're heavy metals needed in small quantities for electronics. As far as phones go, I think they're mostly used in displays. There are other uses for them in technology (large batteries, magnets, etc.). The mining and refining of rare earth metals can get a bit nasty. They're usually mined alongside radioactive elements, and the chemicals needed to purify are not terribly eco-friendly. This is where a lot of the concern comes from, to my understanding.
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 9:06 PM 1
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Can someone Google for me? Or come to my house and click the source link, then read to me?
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 10:07 PM 2
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"All we need is enough to force China to lower its prices" Yeah I doubt that'll happen! This is the same issue we face with Oil. One country can boost production and the others will lower it to maintain the artificially inflated prices.
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 8:00 PM 2
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Wow I wonder how it would feel like skoba diving at that deep 5700 meter pressure levels,,,,?
posted on Mar 25, 2013, 9:06 PM 0
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Not possible man,they use equipment like pressurized machines and stuff.
posted on Mar 26, 2013, 1:11 AM 0
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