The Institute of Rare Earth Metals and visited Lynas LAMP new plant for the separation of rare earths in Malaysia

The Institute of Rare Earth Metals and visited Lynas LAMP new plant for the separation of rare earths in Malaysia

04.06.2012 Malaysia, Düsseldorf - At the invitation of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia visited Mr. Alastair Neil, Member of Institute for Rare earth ( )In Germany, the Lynas plant in Kuantan was officially introduced to Christoph Wilhelm from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Prof.. Yan specializes rare earth separation from the Beijing University of Technology Metals Jack Lifton and Research USA. Was maintained in a preliminary discussion with the theme "Environment-friendly options in the rare earth industry" in a high-profile cast of experts in this area, an open exchange. The discussions were very encouraging, and the question it was obvious, that this is a highly emotional issue in Malaysia.

After a presentation by Lynas and the subsequent tour of the Lamp (Lynas Advanced Materials Plant) Plant was significantly, Lynas that a lot of time, Invested effort and money, to understand the concerns of all stakeholders and respond to. The work itself, safety equipment related to environmental and management, according to Mr. Neill are the best and most modern, what he has seen in a rare earth refinery. The exhaust gas cleaner and - filters have redundant safety features and, according to the German specialist for radiation monitoring at the state's all the time. With the installed security systems, Lynas informed continuously about the emissions of the LAMP. The unanimous opinion of the expert panel considers a possible leakage of radioactive rays for nearly impossible.

Lynas has assembled an impressive team of specialists, consisting of chemists and engineers, the-art facility that operated. Since most errors occur due to human error, This is a crucial factor, shows the, that spares no expense Lynas to ensure the safety. Overall, it gave the impression, that safety is the top priority in the work of Lynas.

With the use of engineers, have the experience with rare earth systems, and the support of Rhodia, a French producer of specialty chemicals, the result of the merger of Rhone-Poulenc and Hoechst (1998) is created, can be expected, that the launch of this facility will start with smaller delays.

Malaysia is on track to become a shining center for rare earths. This also has a subsequent visit to the UMP ( University Malaysia Pahang) confirmed. The extremely well-equipped laboratory at the University of, coupled with program support from Peking University and KIT in Germany shows, of Malaysia to the forefront of high tech research and development in the area seeking the rare earths processing. This course could while strictly adhering to all safety- quality requirements and make Malaysia into a high-traffic high-tech country. Many companies in the rare earths are looking to convert to a base outside China for their raw products into rare earth oxides can be.

It is hoped, that we will succeed Lynas confidence of Malaysia's population gain. It must be remembered, that it is a chemical factory, not a nuclear power plant. The risk of nuclear catastrophe is not comparable with the operation of a reactor. The path chosen Lynas, to seek dialogue with the population, seems to be the correct approach to. But is the general skepticism of the public to the new high-tech work is still very large.

Alastair Neil on behalf of the Institute for Rare earth and metals thanks the Academy of Sciences in Kuala Lumpur for the invitation and the opportunity, to hear the different perspectives on Lynas plant in Kuantan, Malaysia and the business climate and to see.

The Institute of Rare Earth Metals and e.V.

The Institute for Rare Earths Association . considers itself as a network of contacts , bringing the mining operations, licensing bodies, exploration companies, investors, consumers and government agencies together. , The objective is to counteract against the shortage , of these elements , becoming increasingly, bigger through a variety of export restrictions.. This objective is to counteract the shortage of these elements becoming increasingly bigger through various export restrictions against.

The world economy depends on oil. This fact was realized at least with the oil crises of 1973 and 1979 . In the same proportion,, as much as the awareness of the scarcity of oil increases, , so does its price.. However largely unconsidered, we have actually fallen into a second dependency - of the so-called Rare Earths for a long time: In fact 17 these 17 difficult to obtain metals are required in many high-tech fields, from cell phones and LED TVs for the modern medicine to electrical - and Hybrid engines, that are intended to solve the mobility of oil. Today, the Rare Earths are among the most valuable raw-materials in the world.

Likewise, the largest supplier of indispensable elements is by far China. Moreover, similar to the Arabic states with oil, the People’s Republic wholly has the market in hand. Although, China has drastically reduced the export quotas for rare earths in the past, a further reduction is going to be announced in the near future. The reason for this monopoly, among others , is that China has not considered the reduction of environmental impacts yet. As a result, air, soil and water will be inconsiderately polluted.

In order to break this dependence to Chinese exports on one hand, and on the other hand, to encourage others to an environmental friendly mining, the Institute of Rare Earths was established. We consider ourselves as a consultancy and networking platform. In addition to comprehensive information on Rare Earth, we offer professional research analyses, mining projects and equity investments. This institute aims to bring , suppliers, customers and investors together, in order to tap the critical economic resource of Rare Earths outside of China as well.

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