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  • The potential of American strategic metals

    A piece on the investment blog SeekingAlpha addresses the flawed perception that “the U.S. exhausted the bulk of its mineral deposits during its rapid phase of industrial growth and is now buying what it needs from countries like China out of sheer necessity,” and laments the fact that the United States’ mineral resource dependency was not a hotly contested issue leading up to November’s elections.

    Referencing presentations by Gareth Hatch’s partner at Technology Metals Research, Jack Lifton, and other speakers at October’s Best of Breed Natural Resource Conference hosted by Murdock Capital, the piece stresses the importance of not only “maintaining a domestic supply of industrial metals, but also the need to preserve institutional memory within American mining.”

    Speakers at the event argued that in the area of American strategic metals, there are “solid companies with highly attractive fundamentals.” They pointed to promising operations by three companies specifically, which focused on Copper, Nickel, Platinum and Palladium, Rare Earths, Vanadium.

    Thanks to the resources beneath our own soil, the United States’ mineral potential is vast, but we are still far from maximizing it. Obstacles, especially in the form of regulatory challenges, remain. However, as Seeking Alpha argues:

    “If any vestiges of the lumbering bureaucracy of government have caught on to the importance and profitability of such enterprises, it is undoubtedly a good sign. As the three companies prepare for production, they stand as intriguing long-term value plays for the risk tolerant investor.”

  • American Resources expert hosts upcoming webinar

    Our colleagues over at Technology Metals Research (TMR) — home of ARPN Expert Dr. Gareth Hatch — are hosting a free, content-packed technical webinar on rare earths, featuring not one but FOUR of the industry’s top technical experts.

    You can see who they are and reserve your spot by clicking here.

    Here are just a few of the things that you’ll learn on this free webinar:

    - Which specific rare-earth minerals are the most important for future production, and why;

    - The critical difference between mineral reserves and mineral resources – and why it matters;

    - The criteria for selecting underground versus open-pit mining for rare-earth projects;

    - The key steps for processing rare earths and why flotation can be a real challenge for these minerals; and

    - The radioactive impurities that no-one seems to talk about (hint: they’re not talking about uranium or thorium)

    And MUCH more.

    This is the first time that TMR has done a webinar of this type, so it’s sure to be popular – sign up now as places will be limited!

  • Experts: DoD’s dismissal of rare earths crisis “naïve” and “ill-informed”

    According to a newspaper reports of a (long-overdue) seven-page DoD report titled “Rare Earth Materials in Defense Applications,” sent to Congress last month and which has not yet been made public, “domestic rare earth supplies will meet the U.S. defense industry’s needs by 2013 for the materials that go into military motors and electronics” – [...]
  • Industry analysts criticize DoD rare earths report

    Industry experts have blasted the Pentagon’s latest (unpublished) report which claims that domestic sources will allow the U.S. military to meet its demand for rare earths by next year. “The only way we can get that material right now is from a foreign company in China,” said Jack Lifton, co-founder of Technology Metals Research. American [...]
  • American Resources Expert Commentary: Technology Metal Research’s Gareth Hatch on the WTO rare earths case

    With the dust settling over the announcement of a new WTO case brought on by the U.S., Japan and the EU against China’s restrictive rare earths policies, American Resources expert Gareth Hatch has taken the time to dig (pun intended) a little deeper into the issue and its possible implications. While many have talked about [...]
  • How About a Strategy for South of Nord?

    American Resources expert Gareth Hatch has an excellent piece up on his site (techmetalsresearch.com) that outlines Quebec’s “Plan Nord” – the Canadian province’s plan to develop its northern reaches in both strategic and sustainable ways. Says Hatch: “Plan Nord could have a significantly positive effect on the development of rare-earth and other rare-metal projects in [...]