Ucore Rare Metals – The Opportunity is NOW!
- Rare Earth Demand: The Rare Earth Oxide (REO) market required to produce permanent rare earth magnets is expected to increase 5X to reach $15.7 B by 2030.
- Electric Vehicle (EV) production: Forecast to grow from 6.5 million vehicles currently to 32 million by the end of the decade, <$300 REO per EV.
- Rare Earth Prices: Rare earth prices continue to steadily respond to market demands and China’s manipulation of these prices are increasingly apparent.
- Need for Separation: While less than 60% of the world’s rare earths are mined in China, more than 85% of downstream processing is taking place in China – Ucore intends to fill this gap.
- High Margin Portion of the REO Value Chain: Rare earth concentrates typically sell for nearly half of the value of the contained rare earths allowing Ucore to capture significant market share with its commercial deployment of its highly efficient RapidSX™ technology platform as a Westernized version of conventional solvent extraction (SX).
- Disruptive Technology: Ucore has invested ~$10 million to date in the acquisition and development of its proprietary separation technology ‘RapidSX™.’
- RapidSX™: More efficient and environmentally friendly separation of rare earth elements (REEs). RapidSX™ has demonstrated processing speeds more than 3 times faster than traditional SX technology.
- Ancillary Critical Metals Processing: RapidSX™ can be tailored to process any metal that can be processed with conventional SX. Ucore has identified battery metals with skyrocketing demand like lithium, cobalt and nickel as the next focus of its RapidSX™ development efforts.
- Strategic Metals Complexes (SMCs): Ucore plans to build the first modern RapidSX™ rare earth separation facility in North America.
- Ucore Controls Heavy REO Feedstock: Agreements are in place to source US-friendly heavy mixed rare earth concentrates for separation into high purity individual oxides and chlorides.
- Bokan-Dotson Ridge: Ucore’s heavy rare earth resource supports the long-term development and security of Western REO supply.
- Ucore’s ESG focus: Brings Westernized, efficient, permittable, highly profitable, and environmentally responsible REO production back to North America.
American Critical-Metals Independence Starts Here.
Critical Metals Rare Earths
Demand for Neodymium alloys and powders will be 250,000 tonnes higher than in 2020, requiring an unprecedented 300% increase in global production of neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium, and terbium over the next ten years.
However, when peering into the outlook for the next decade to come, it becomes quickly apparent that the rapid demand growth of the 2020s will soon be dwarfed by the astronomical demand growth of the 2030’s – and therein lies the real defining challenge and opportunity facing the global rare earth industry today.
Voracious demand driven by the advent of electrical vehicles underpins the Ucore business model to develop critical metals processing technology for the Western World and propels Ucore towards developing North American rare earth oxide production facilities to begin the establishment of an independent North American supply chain for these critical rare earth elements.
Critical Metals Supply Chain
In the early-1990s, China began to strategically exploit its large supplies of rare earth elements, and without the strict labor laws and environmental regulations found in the United States, quickly began to satisfy the world demand at a fraction of the cost of US production.
By the early 2000s China produced 97% of the world’s rare earth elements, and in September 2010, a maritime dispute between Japan and China quickly alerted the Western world to just how dependent it had become on China for these critical metals.
Since 2009, Ucore has been focused on re-building a modern North American rare earth element supply chain.
America’s Rare Earth Supply Chain
There are multiple processing steps required between the time rare earths are mined until they are ultimately incorporated into rare earth permanent magnets, and then into the end products that are so crucial to our modern way of life. Most current and prospective rare earth miners outside of China produce or plan to produce a mixed rare earth concentrate. The majority of these concentrates are then sent to China for separation and further downstream processing. While under 60% of rare earths are mined in China, over 85% of rare earth separation takes place there. Ucore intends to fill this void by constructing the first modern rare earth separation facility in North America. This is a highly profitable step – Rare earth concentrates typically sell for nearly half of the value of the contained rare earths allowing Ucore to capture significant market share with its commercial deployment of its highly efficient RapidSX™ technology platform as a Westernized version of conventional solvent extraction (SX). It is this critical process and the subsequent upstream and downstream supply chain synergy that Ucore adds to the North American rare earth supply chain.