Design Con 2015
Breaking News
Comments
pixies
User Rank
Rookie
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
pixies   9/30/2010 5:40:52 PM
NO RATINGS
Just issue fast-track visas to scientists and engineers specialized in rare-earth refinery technologies. The time frame could be cut down to less than 10 years.

DrQuine
User Rank
CEO
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
DrQuine   9/30/2010 6:24:21 PM
NO RATINGS
A related posting, http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/around-the-web/4208964/Pentagon-loses-control-of-bombs-to-China-metal-monopoly, expands upon this issue.

Baolt
User Rank
Rookie
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
Baolt   9/30/2010 10:32:09 PM
NO RATINGS
I just want to ask Mr. President, how he is planning to overcome this huge problem indeed he is mentioning everywhere how important it is to focus on renewable energy and not paying huge amount of $s to middle east. Well it seems US will pay lots of $s to China, or IP costs to korea, japan, oh not forgetting has to bring back industrialization back to US with many jobs.

JLS
User Rank
Rookie
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
JLS   9/30/2010 10:44:43 PM
NO RATINGS
Since it will take quite a few years to start getting to the point of producing these metals, the patents don't become an issue until they are being used. Sounds like we are already behind in getting started if they expire in 2014!

Baolt
User Rank
Rookie
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
Baolt   9/30/2010 11:55:31 PM
NO RATINGS
unfortunately its unlikely possible. US, EU or let say world is so much addicted to cheap chinese work force, and moved almost everything to there. Now they have power of production and slowly resources. The alert time is already over, now we should focus on new tech. which wont require their involvement, and think over of globalization

Sheetal.Pandey
User Rank
Manager
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
Sheetal.Pandey   10/1/2010 3:05:00 AM
NO RATINGS
I heard China is soon going to overtake in being strongest economy. May be this is one way.

Kaiser Silicon
User Rank
Rookie
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
Kaiser Silicon   10/1/2010 1:49:12 PM
NO RATINGS
Wow. An export tariff. I haven't heard of that happening since the 19th century. Anybody still believe that the Chinese believe in free trade???

nicolas.mokhoff
User Rank
Rookie
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
nicolas.mokhoff   10/1/2010 2:59:52 PM
NO RATINGS
I'd be curious to hear from electronics industry executives how not having a clear path to access rare earth elements might affect their business.

Robotics Developer
User Rank
Rookie
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
Robotics Developer   10/1/2010 6:28:46 PM
NO RATINGS
I just read an article here that talks about the the development of a non-rare earth magnet electric motor (http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4209004/Japan-researchers-develop-electric-motor-sans-rare-earth-metals). Perhaps the rest of the world should follow suit? It seems that we are being surprised by this development, but should we have been surprised? It makes both great business and political sense to control these high tech metals, why wouldn't we in the US (or any other country) not already be engaged in securing supplies? It makes me wonder....

nicolas.mokhoff
User Rank
Rookie
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
nicolas.mokhoff   10/1/2010 8:02:56 PM
NO RATINGS
Our infatuation with low-cost labor allowed China to call the shots in rare earth metals used by the electronics industry. Both Japan and the U.S., as the world's most advanced economies, cannot afford to be cut off. So yes, while Japan is trying to find alternate solutions to using rare earth elements in their motors, the U.S. cannot afford to wait for this kind of development to see fruition. It needs to start opening the mines it closed earlier to catch up.

davewav
User Rank
Rookie
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
davewav   10/3/2010 6:02:04 AM
NO RATINGS
Rare earth metals are needed for electic motors - inculding hybrid electic vehicles, commercial wind turbines and high speed train engines. With China trying to corner the market on rare earth elements they are trying to become major players in manufacturing of the above technology markets. A recent PBS news segment stated there was only one U.S. rare earth metal mining operation but it needed help to get production up. A recent USGS report found deposits of minerals including rare earth in Afganistan may be worth $1 trillion. It should only be fair that U.S. companies have mining rights to the Afghanistan deposits.

KB3001
User Rank
CEO
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
KB3001   10/3/2010 7:32:45 PM
NO RATINGS
"It should only be fair that U.S. companies have mining rights to the Afghanistan deposits." Why? :-) To follow on this article, China is also investing heavily in Africa and in South America to access natural resources such as rare earth materials among other resources. A monopoly or near monopoly on these resources is not in the interest of anybody really. I do not think the Chinese officials are stupid to use these materials as economic weapons. I believe they are simply trying to secure their own supplies, like any other major power including the US.

kdboyce
User Rank
Rookie
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
kdboyce   10/4/2010 4:24:54 AM
NO RATINGS
This is a lesson, among many others that currently exist, that no nation should cede its manufacturing power to another. Too many times USA companies and the government have let industries and key technologies slip away due to not supporting proper national imperatives as well as financial short sightedness.

terry1
User Rank
Rookie
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
terry1   10/6/2010 2:33:23 PM
NO RATINGS
So whadda bout Great Western Minerals? A Canadian company with a refinery in Michigan

terry1
User Rank
Rookie
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
terry1   10/6/2010 2:38:17 PM
NO RATINGS
First China prodused a lot of rare earths . dropped the price made it unprofitable. now they stopped exports.

jaybus0
User Rank
CEO
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
jaybus0   10/13/2010 12:02:02 PM
NO RATINGS
Exports to China of soy beans, rice, and other agricultural products related to the food industry have steadily increased over recent years. While there are no export taxes in the US, there are export controls. The US could, like China, place quotas on exports of food industry products, thereby fighting fire with fire by driving up the cost of food for Chinese consumers. That is a pretty good bargaining chip, since demand for food is not likely to decline in China.

Adrianus
User Rank
Rookie
re: U.S. must fast-track policy on rare earth materials
Adrianus   11/2/2010 12:19:01 AM
NO RATINGS
The solution to a materials supply problem is not more government. Just leave industry alone and free to do what they do best. Businessmen operating in a laissez faire economy will solve the problem much more efficient than an army of Czars in Washington possibly could. Just get rid of the Looters and let Hank Rearden do his thing.



Top Comments of the Week
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
<b><a href=Betajet">

The Circle – The Future's Imperfect in the Present Tense
Betajet
5 comments
The Circle, a satirical, dystopian novel published in 2013 by San Francisco-based writer Dave Eggers, is about a large, very powerful technology company that combines aspects of Google, ...

Max Maxfield

Recommended Reads From the Engineer's Bookshelf
Max Maxfield
27 comments
I'm not sure if I read more than most folks or not, but I do I know that I spend quite a lot of time reading. I hate to be idle, so I always have a book or two somewhere about my person -- ...

Martin Rowe

Make This Engineering Museum a Reality
Martin Rowe
Post a comment
Vincent Valentine is a man on a mission. He wants to make the first house to ever have a telephone into a telephone museum. Without help, it may not happen.

Rich Quinnell

Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
16 comments
As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

Special Video Section
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
10:29
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...
Why culture makes Linear Tech a winner.
Recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium ...
Specially modified Corvette C7 Stingray responds to ex Indy ...
Avago’s ACPL-K30T is the first solid-state driver qualified ...
NXP launches its line of multi-gate, multifunction, ...
Doug Bailey, VP of marketing at Power Integrations, gives a ...
See how to ease software bring-up with DesignWare IP ...
DesignWare IP Prototyping Kits enable fast software ...
This video explores the LT3086, a new member of our LDO+ ...
In today’s modern electronic systems, the need for power ...