News: Recovery of rare earth elements and other critical materials by reuse and remanufacturing
A newly published report has highlighted the importance of reuse and remanufacturing for the recovery of critical materials identified by the EUís Raw Materials Initiative.
Thursday, 26th May 2011
These materials* which include rare earth elements, platinum group metals and indium, are essential for todayís technologies. Concerns over future supply and access for developed countries has led to significant interest in different aspects of criticality. Within this report interventions were identified to improve recovery of these materials from different applications. Reuse and remanufacturing were highlighted as important strategies for the recovery and efficient use of critical materials. In addition, several key sectors relevant to the remanufacturers were identified, including aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics and electrical equipment, solar panels and batteries. Copies of the summary and full report can be found on the EPOW website (See external link). *Full list: antimony, beryllium, cobalt, fluorspar, gallium, germanium, graphite, indium, magnesium, niobium, platinum group metals, rare earth elements, tantalum, tungsten.