Rare Earth Metals Market Analysis By Transparency Market Research

Increasing applications in permanent magnets, rechargeable batteries and catalysts for reducing pollution, electronics, portable equipments and computers are expected to drive rare earth metals demand over the next five years.

Key application segments analyzed in this study include magnets, catalysts, metallurgy, ceramics, phosphors, and glass and polishing. Magnets and metallurgy applications dominated the rare earth metals consumption, together accounting for 40.9% of the total consumption in 2011. This study provides a comprehensive analysis of seventeen key rare earth metals including lanthanum, praseodymium, cerium, neodymium, samarium, promethium, europium, dysprosium, holmium, gadolinium, terbium, thulium, scandium, yttrium erbium, ytterbium, and lutetium. Cerium, lanthanum and neodymium are the most widely consumed rare earth metals and together accounted for 82.9% of the total volumes consumed in 2011.
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The demand for praseodymium, neodymium, and dysprosium is primarily driven by the increasing demand for permanent magnets and rechargeable batteries. Europium, yttrium and terbium are extensively used in phosphors for a host of applications in the electronic industry.
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Asia Pacific dominated the global market, accounting for 79.5% of global volumes in 2011, followed by North America and Europe. China was the largest regional market for rare earth metals in Asia, accounting for over 50% of total volumes in 2011, both in terms of consumption as well as production. Regional demand for magnets and the growing metallurgy industry are expected to drive the Asia Pacific market in the near future.
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The rare earth metals market report by Transparency Market Research provides comprehensive analysis of the rare earth metals industry in the context of the global market. This study analyzes and interprets key market dynamics for rare earth metals including drivers, restraints, and opportunities. This report segments the market on regional, product and application level as well as provides the estimates and forecasts for each sub segment. The study provides in-depth analysis of rare earth metals market from demand perspective, along with market estimates and forecast from 2012 to 2018, in terms of both volumes and revenues.

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Key rare earth metal products analyzed in this study include lanthanum, praseodymium, cerium, neodymium, samarium, promethium, europium, dysprosium, holmium, gadolinium, terbium, thulium, scandium, yttrium erbium, ytterbium, and lutetium. Cerium dominates the global market, in terms of consumption; this domination is expected to continue over the next five years. Key cerium applications include rechargeable batteries, auto catalysts and in the fluid cracking catalyst industry. Other leading rare earth metals, in terms of consumption, include lanthanum and neodymium, primarily used in permanent magnets and rechargeable batteries.
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Metallurgy, magnets, phosphors, and catalysts are major application markets for rare earth metals. Presently, magnets are the major application segment in terms of revenue and consumption. However metallurgy is the fastest growing application segment.
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North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Rest of the world (RoW) are the major regional markets covered in this study. Each of these regions have been further segmented on the basis of type of rare earth metals and thorough analysis of each type of metal in terms of revenue and volume in 2011 and forecast until 2018 has been included in the report. Comprehensive competitive landscape including company market share analysis and detailed profiles of key participants such as Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare Earth Hi-Tech Co, Great Western Minerals Group, China Rare Earth Holdings, Indian Rare Earths, Lynas Corporation Ltd. and Molycorp have been included in this study.
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