Rare Earths in Europe: DGM experts interviewed by WDR

The discovery of a rare earth deposit in northern Sweden made headlines around the world on 12 January 2023. The WDR asked the DGM experts to assess the find.

On Thursday, 12 January 2023, an extraordinary find of over one million tonnes of rare-earth metals by the Swedish state-owned mining company LKAB appeared as top news on numerous media channels. Especially in view of the climate crisis, the demand for rare-earth metals will steadily increase in the coming years. Smartphones, e-cars, wind turbines and other high-tech products include a number of elements that are important raw materials for the production of permanent magnets based on iron-neodymium-boron alloys. The world's largest known reserves of economically viable deposits of rare earth metals are located primarily in China, Russia and Brazil (Rare Earths Statistics and Information report).

What is the significance of the discovery of one million tonnes of rare-earth metals for Europe? This question also came to the DGM when a call from WDR arrived at the office late on Thursday afternoon. Thanks to Prof. Dr. Dagmar Goll and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schneider, both from Aalen University, the DGM was able to provide expert answers to these and other questions. 

Link to the WDR article

Sign up for our newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates about materials science topics!

After subscribing, you will receive an email from us with a confirmation link.
Only after clicking this link your registration is completed.

Connect with us