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Argus Americas Rare Earths Summit


The Argus Americas Rare Earths Summit 2015 took place in Las Vegas on 29 June to 1 July. Over 150 market leading consumers, manufacturers, processors, producers, mining companies and traders of rare earths gathered for this two-day conference dedicated to the latest trends and developments in the sector.

The conference included an optional pre-conference visit to Molycorp’s Mountain Pass rare earths mine in California. As the leading rare earths producer outside of China, the visit provided delegates with a unique opportunity to experience the essence of the industry. The day included a preliminary briefing on Mountain Pass and its operations, a visit to the mine pit and processing facilities, and ended with a working lunch and post tour discussion.

The Argus Americas Rare Earths Summit 2015 agenda was split across the two days: 

June 30 - Day 1 - Downstream Focus

Key Western rare earths consumers and associations shared their viewpoints on:

  • Permanent magnet technology
  • Emission Control Catalysts
  • New rare earth technologies
  • The future of rare earths in the renewable energy industry

July 1 - Day 2 - Supply Chain and Geopolitical Focus

Producers, analysts and traders shared their viewpoints on:

  • The latest regulatory changes from China and how this will affect the market
  • The Japanese perspective on the rare earths supply chain
  • Environmentally friendly rare earths production
  • Sustainable rare earths supply chain, from mine to consumer, in our lively panel discussion

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Speakers included:





Leyi Zhu
Research Engineer

Ford Motors(USA)

Alex Pulkert





Alexander Pulkert
Energy Sector - Wind Power Division

Siemens AG (Germany)

Steve Constantinides





Steve Constantinides
Director of Technology

Arnold Magnetics (USA)

  • Mark Johnson, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy, U.S.A
  • Dudley Kingsnorth, Professor, Curtin Graduate School of Business, Curtin University, Australia
  • Shigeo Nakamura, President, Advanced Materials Japan Corp., Japan
  • Zhao Lili, Vice General Manager, China National Nonferrous Metals Imp & Exp Corp Jiangsu Branch, China
  • Jon Hykawy, President, Stormcrow, Canada
  • Doug Jackson, Executive Vice President of Chemicals and Oxides, Molycorp, U.S.A
  • Dr. Alexander H. King, Director, Critical Materials Institute - The Ames Laboratory, U.S.A.
  • Neal Elliot, Associate Director of Research, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, U.S.A.
  • Elbert Loois, Business Development Manager, Rohstoff Allianz, Germany
  • Rasto Brezny, Deputy Director, Manufacturers of Emission Control Association, U.S.A
  • Andrés Susaeta, Chairman, Minería Activa, Chile
  • Siew Hua Seah, Argus Rare Earths - Editor, Argus, U.K
  • Lloyd Thomas, VP Consulting Services - Argus Consulting Services, Argus, U.K
  • Allen Kruse, Chief Executive, Rare Earth Solar, U.S.A


Modern life's devices under China's grip?

Our conference in 2013, Metal-Pages Rare Earths North America,  saw Dan McGroarty, Founder and Executive Director of the American Resources Policy Network take the stage as keynote speaker. In this video from CBS, entitled Modern life's devices under China's grip?, Dan emphasises the dependence of the US on Chinese rare earth elements.

Footage includes shots of the Mountain Pass site and an interview with Molycorp – whose President, Geoff Bedford, spoke at Argus Americas Rare Earths Summit 2015. The video also cites magnet technology as a key growth factor in rare earths - a trend that was covered by Steve Constantinides from Arnold Magnets at this our 2015 conference.

Dan McGroarty on CBS

Lastly, Zhao Lili, Vice General Manager of China National Nonferrous Metals and Vice Chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Minerals, Chemicals and Metals Importers and Exporters (CCCMC) commented on China's grip on the industry.


If you have any questions about next year's conference or would like to be considered as a speaker, please contact us:

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