CRM Day: Challenges to Primary & Secondary Production of CRMs

CRM Day 2018

On 21 March 2018, the first bi-annual CRM Day took place at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels. The event, entitled “Challenges to Primary & Secondary Production of CRMs”, gathered interested stakeholders and government representatives. The speakers of the two panels identified the main challenges to primary and secondary production of CRMs and opened the floor […]

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CRM Alliance Quarterly Newsletter – Spring Edition

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In this issue:  The CRM Alliance Welcomes two new members CRM Day 2018 – Do not forget to register CRM Alliance at the ARGUS Global Antimony Conference IMA and CRM Alliance organised a joined luncheon event on lightweight The International Minor Metals Conference IMA World Magnesium Conference Council adopts conclusions on the EU Industrial Strategy […]

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Don’t Forget to Register – CRM Day (21 March 2018)

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Challenges to Primary & Secondary Production of CRMs (Renaissance Brussels Hotel – Rue du Parnasse 19 – 10:00 – 12:00) Keynote speech: Mr. Kalin Tomov, Head of the Competitiveness Sector at the Bulgarian Permanente Representations Panel 1: Impacts of Permitting on CRM Primary Production Presentation by Ms. Blazena Hamadova, MinPol Presentation by Mr. Richard Clemmey, […]

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U.S. releases draft list of critical minerals 


On 16 February 2018, the U.S. Government published its draft list of 35 minerals it deems critical to both the economic and national security of the country. The draft is the result of President Trump’s Executive Order, adopted on 20 December 2017, which asked the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Secretary of Defense to […]

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What Is Barytes and Where Do I Use It? Barytes (or barite) is the naturally occurring mineral barium sulphate (BaSO4). It is mainly used (70%) as a weighting agent in drilling fluids by the oil and gas industry where baryte’s high specific gravity assists in containing pressures and preventing blowouts. Barytes and barium compounds are also used as fillers […]

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Report on Critical Raw Materials and the Circular Economy


On 16 January 2018, the European Commission published its Report on Critical Raw Materials and the Circular Economy. The report is divided into three parts and is based on the recently published JRC report (For more information, please see our Publications Section). The report is part of the Action Plan on Circular Economy and aims at providing key data sources, promoting best practices […]

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What Is Gallium & Gallium Arsenide And Where Do I Use It? Elemental gallium (chemical symbol Ga) does not occur in free form in nature, but as the gallium compounds that are in trace amounts in zinc ores and in bauxite. Gallium is mainly used for the manufacturing of Gallium arsenide which is the primary […]

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What is Indium And Where Do I Use It? Indium is a very soft, ductile and malleable silver metal. It is very abundant in host metals such as zinc, lead, tin and cooper. Host metals, in contrast to minor metals, are base metals spread across the globe. Approximately 95 % of the refined indium produced […]

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Coking Coal


What is Coking Coal And Where Do I Use It? Coal is a fossil fuel and is the altered remains of prehistoric vegetation that originally accumulated in swamps and peat bogs. The quality of each coal deposit is determined by: varying types of vegetation from which the coal originated; depths of burial; temperatures and pressures […]

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