This article complements that already done with rare earths [HERE].
China is now the only producing country but the Asian giant has probably less than 50% of the reserves of rare earths present in the earth’s surface. In 2010, China has provided 97% of world production of rare earths, but has consumed just over half. Apart fromthe United States, soon to restart mining, the largest consumers are Japan, Germany and France.
This atlas created by the firm “SIA Conseil“, (translated by me), from geological data, illustrates the uneasy around these metals particularly strategic: the applicant countries are poor in minerals. Hence the need for Europe to position itself on mining projects that start outside, particularly in Asia and Africa.
The problem of rare earths is still full.
Source : [energie.sia-conseil.com]