Tungsten is unique in its extremes. It’s extremely hard, heat resistant, dense, and environmentally benign. Those are the positives but, unfortunately, there are negatives too. Take a look at the infographic below for more information.
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The negatives are that its supply is dominated by China – producing 83% of the world’s supply and having 67% of the world’s reserves – which has significant influence on its availability and price.
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Editor’s Note: Having read to the bottom of the page you must be truly interested in tungsten. That being the case here is another MUST read article on the subject along with a number of related articles as outlined below.
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95-97% of the supply of Rare Earth Elements (REE) – integral to the high-technology, nanotechnology, hybrid automotive, aerospace and defence industries – currently comes from China. China has continued to reduce its export quotas to the point where it will only be supplying 50% of the world’s needs by 2015. This will have a major impact on prices for each of the 17 Light (LREE) and Heavy (HREE) elements that comprise the category – and the products in which they are used – unless alternate sources of supply are found. A Canadian company has done just that and will be bringing one of the largest HREE resources in the world (44% HREE, 56% LREE) into production by 2017. Below is an infographic on the REE market and a link to a Proactive One 2One Investor Forum presentation I attended on REE market fundamentals and the development and prospects of Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. and their Strange Lake project.
The word ‘fad’ doesn’t exist in the minds of true miners and prospectors. However, fads are something that people like you and I can make a lot of money investing in if we are ahead of the curve and right now I believe the graphite sector is in the early stages of the ‘fad’ and will provide a ton of profitable opportunities. [Let’s take a look at just why, where and when you should get positioned in this fast developing sector.] Words: 1535
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