Rare Earth Metals Market Size By Metal (Cerium, Dysprosium, Erbium, Europium, Gadolinium, Holmium, Lanthanum, Lutetium, Neodymium, Praseodymium, Promethium, Samarium, Scandium, Terbium, Thulium, Ytterbium, Yttrium), By Applications (Magnets, Colorants, Alloys, Optical Instruments, Catalysts), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, France, Germany, UK, Russia, China, India, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, GCC), Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2017 – 2024

Published Date: Dec 2017  |  Report ID: GMI2303  |  Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Hemant Pandey

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 1030   |   Base Year: 2016

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Industry Trends

Rare Earth Metals Market size was over USD 9.0 billion in 2016 and will grow at a CAGR over 9.7% over the projected period.

U.S. Rare Earth Metals Market Share, By Application, 2013 - 2024 (USD Million)

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Sturdy growth statistics indicators in the renewable energy industry is the major factors propelling the overall rare earth metals demand over the estimated time span. Increasing consumption in manufacturing rare earth magnets, for wind turbines, electric & hybrid vehicles, and hand-held consumer electronics will have a significant impact on the rare earth metals market growth.

The demand for the clean energy will be further witnessed by volatility in the electricity market too. As the demand for electricity is escalating continuously, and as supply and demand must be kept in balance always. A larger share of renewable energy providers in the electricity mix may help in reducing that volatility, as there is little marginal cost to run a renewable energy plant. Thus, demand for rare earth magnets is predicted to grow as they are highly consumed in the production of wind turbines. The demand for renewable energy is increasing at a rapid scale, propelling the demand for wind turbines, which will in turn enhance the consumption of rare earth metals in generating wind energy. According to the EIA and GWEC, in 2015, the U.S. produced over 190 million MWh of wind energy and it was about 4.7 percent of total electricity generated in the U.S. Major manufacturers in the U.S. have set target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency, and increase renewable energy consumption.

While hybrid automobiles and full electric vehicles are becoming increasingly more common in the US, China and Europe, the economy of much of the world is such that cars are financially out-of-reach for majority of the population. China has further advanced its position as the growth motor of the electric vehicle (EV) industry with record EV sales of close to 520 thousand vehicles in, with 78% increased sale from the previous year. Therefore, growing awareness and government initiatives to promote electricity generation via sustainable method along with increasing EV sales in developed countries will drive rare earth metals demand over the forecast timespan.

Rare Earth Metals Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2016
Historical Data for: 2013 to 2016 Forecast Period: 2017 to 2024
Pages: 1030 Tables, Charts & Figures: 1972
Geographies covered (16): U.S., Canada, France, Germany, UK, Russia, China, India, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, GCC
Segments covered: Metal, Applications and Region
Companies covered (13): Iluka Resources Limited, Lynas Corporation, Ltd., Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd., Northern Minerals Limited, Alkane Resources Ltd, Rising Nonferrous Metals Co. Ltd, Arafura Resources Ltd., Canada Rare Earth Corporation, China Minmetals Rare Earth Co. Ltd, Indian Rare Earths Limited, Neo Performance Materials Inc., Avalon Rare Metals, Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.

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Rare Earth Metals Market, By Metals

Neodymium had a major share in terms of market revenue in 2016 and is likely to lead the global rare earth metals market over the forecast period. Increasing demand for neodymium-based magnets in automotive and power generation sector, will significantly push the demand for neodymium over the forecast timeframe. Cerium held an important share in global market in 2016. The oxide of this element is used as a catalyst in catalytic convertors in automotive exhaust systems for reducing emissions.

Application Analysis

Rising demand for petrochemicals from various end-use industries is expected to be a prime factor driving the catalysts market growth. The segment accounted for more than 20% share in global rare earth metals market in 2016 in terms of volume. Major catalytic application is in fluid cracking catalysts (FCC) in oil & petroleum industry. The product is used in retaining catalyst effectiveness and are used for increasing the yield of gasoline fractions by cracking heavier oil fractions. Product used in FCC catalysis tend to be lighter ones, such as praseodymium and lanthanum.

Rare earth elements have a vital role in many manufacturing processes. They are used in specialty metal alloys and ductile iron, which are then used extensively in building & construction sector. The product is suitable for a variety of other applications such as water purification, R&D, nuclear and numerous finished goods.

Regional Analysis

Asia Pacific held a major in global RE metals market share in 2016 and will lead the market throughout the forecast period, owing to the large RE element reserves and processing technology available in China. The country is a predominant supplier of rare earth metals, China’s recent industrial policies for rare earth coupled with its own rising demand for rare earths have led to widespread concerns regarding RE metal trade flow across the globe.

Competitive Market Share

The rare earth metals market share is highly fragmented with several small- and medium-sized manufacturers based in Asia Pacific, particularly in China. Some of the prominent mining companies include Lynas Corporation, Iluka Resources Limited, Northern Minerals Limited, Arafura Resources Limited, Ucore Rare Metals Inc. and Baotou Jinmeng Rare Earth Co. All the mining companies identify potential mining sites, in which most of the metals are available. Some of the mining companies have their own mining sites, or get into agreements with mining site holders, and start mining operations.

Industry Background

Rare earths are series of chemical elements present in abundance in earth’s crust, some are even more abundant than lead, gold, copper and platinum. Rare earth metals are not concentrated enough to make them easily exploitable. China was the major mining nation, with a share of almost more than 80% in 2016. Due to the increasing mining activities outside China, the prices for the raw materials are prone to decrease over the coming years. The product is indispensable in many optical, magnetic and electronic applications. For instance, motors using rare earth magnets are extensively used in aerospace & defense applications.

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