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US expands on rare earth capabilities

22 May 2019
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Australian rare-earth mining firm Lynas announced on 20 May that it would be expanding into the US market through a joint venture (JV) with Texas-based Blue Line.

Under the new JV, the two companies will establish a rare-earths separation facility at Blue Line’s facility in Hondo, Texas. The facility will initially work on Heavy Rare-Earths separation – including Dysprosium and Terbium – but may include Light Rare-Earths separation including Neodymium, Praseodymium, and Lanthanum. Lynas will hold the majority stake in the venture, although the overall holding was not disclosed.

According to a release by the companies, the facility will be the only large-scale producer of separated medium and heavy rare earths outside China.

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