Get a Global Update on Rare Metal Supply Conditions—Network with Policy-Makers, Suppliers and End-Users Such as General Electric, Microsoft, Ford & Dell—Create Relationships and Find Solutions to Ensure Supply Reliability and Price Stability.
- Policy-makers from China, Japan, Europe, Canada and the United States provide updates on rare metal initiatives
- How procurement and technology executives across the aerospace, automotive, electronics, and renewable energy sectors are grappling with rare metals risk & supply
- How the rare metals value chain looks from different perspectives: miner, processor/refiner, trader, powder metallurgist, fabricator, component manufacturer and OEM
- New business opportunities in the rare metals value chain
- The latest market, supply, demand and price forecasts for each rare metal
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Rare Metals Supply, Demand & Price: Status & Outlook
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The “clean, green and high-tech” economy is gearing up for a boom. However, all these sectors are dependent on rare metals with constrained supply. China produces 95% of rare earth metals, and exports of its rare earths may shrink to zero in a few years. Other ‘high technology’ metals have similar supply or price volatility challenges. OEMs are starting to wake up to the prospect that traditional commodity economics—where supply increases rapidly in response to rising demand/price—may not be something they can rely on as in the past. Rather, the economics of rare/critical metals may be shifting to a dynamic of “what will it cost now to secure supply” instead of tomorrow. There are a limited number of companies on both the end-user and supplier sides who are leading the charge. In the past they rarely met or even spoke as there was no forum to bring them together. Until now.
Infocast, hot on the heels of its successful Supply Chain Management for Critical and Strategic Metals launch event in October 2009, will provide the opportunity for these leading parties to join forces in even greater numbers than before and create the definitive meeting place for this new era of collaborative relationship-building for critical metals users, producers, refiners, fabricators, traders and investors. The event will explore the complete value chain from mine to refiner/processor to “component” OEM to final “product” OEM and global demand. OEMs from different sectors competing for the same supplies will have a chance to acquire a more realistic assessment of their common demand for metals. Sited on the West Coast, the event will make it easier for Asian OEMs to learn about North American and European demand, discover North American resource prospects and build relationships.