Consumption of Rare Earth Elements (metals)

Short description

Apparent consumption of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) - Metals - expressed in tonnes.

Apparent consumption is calculated as Production + Imports - Exports for each country in the ERA.

Rare earth elements have important applications in magnets (important for electric vehicles and wind turbines), batteries, metallurgy, catalysts, polishing powders and glass additives, phosphors and other application such as ceramics, fibre optics and lasers.1

Original data

Unit for original data: 
Tonnes (metric) of production, imports and exports
Date of extraction: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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