Permanent magnets - The rare earth crisis seminar
One of the issues currently facing the permanent magnet industry is the potential shortage of rare earth materials. With production dominated by China, its planned reduction in export has prompted discussion on the future availability of rare earths. In response to growing concern the UK Magnetics Society has organised a one day seminar to offer insight into the situation.
Held at TRW Conekt in Solihull on 2nd December 2010, the seminar draws together academia and industry to discuss the status of RE supply in regards to magnetic materials. Speakers have been invited to offer a view on the issue and debate on the industry’s response. The University of Birmingham, Magnequench and Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH are amongst the presenters offering their perspective on the perceived crisis.
Graham Kemp, UK Magnetics Society Committee member commented: ‘The recent international coverage of rare earth supply has raised growing speculation over the future of supply. The growth of demand for rare earths in green technologies, including hybrid vehicles, has added to the existing supply issue. There are a number of potential options open to the magnetics industry to control the impact which this seminar aims to examine’.