Critical Minerals 2013

June 4, 2013


WHAT ARE CRITICAL MINERALS?

“…A mineral can be regarded as critical only if it performs an essential function for which few or no satisfactory substitutes exist”

The European Commission has identified 14 mineral raw materials, which have high supply risks due to potential shortages resulting from constrained production in the face of high rates of the growth in demand.

The list of critical minerals consists of, but is not limited to: Rare Earths, Lithium, Platinum group elements, High purity quartz, Antimony, Rhenium, Beryllium, Tantalum, Cobalt, Tellurium, Niobium, Tungsten, Gallium, Yttrium, Germanium.

A recent US Department of Energy report concludes it is in the United States’ economic interests to encourage and support domestic critical minerals projects. The report noted that clean energy technologies currently constitute about 20% of global consumption of critical materials.

The 2013 conference will provide an exciting forum for participants across this next generation suite of 21st Century minerals to come together to discuss both demand and supply-side developments in this rapidly emerging sector.

The overall theme of the conference will be Critical Minerals – Mines, Markets, Manufacturing and Money. We have secured commitments from internationally recognised expert in the field as keynote speakers and a in addition we are well-advanced in our discussions with leading producers and consumers of other critical minerals to present at the conference.



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