China Rare Earth Market Investigation Report 2021-2025 -

2 June 2021

The "Investigation Report on the Chinese Rare Earth Market 2021-2025" report has been added to's offering.

According to this analysis, driven by low mining costs and low environmental protection costs, in the 1990s, Chinese enterprises started mining and exporting rare earth on a large scale.

In the past decade, China's rare earth reserves fell sharply. Its proportion in the global rare earth reserves once exceeded 70% while at the end of 2020, the proportion was only 38%. From 1998 to 2015, the Chinese government introduced an export quota licensing system for rare earth.

On Mar. 26, 2014, the WTO ruled that China's administrative measures for rare earth exports breached WTO rules. On May 1, 2015, the Chinese government canceled its tariffs on rare earth exports. On Jan. 1, 2016, it abolished the export quota licensing system. Before the export quota licensing system was abolished, many Chinese rare earth enterprises had difficulty obtaining export quotas, and smuggling became the main export method. Although the Chinese government rectified this phenomenon many times, it has not been able to completely eliminate this phenomenon.

In China, there is also a total control index system for rare earth ore (rare earth oxide REO) mining. The Rare Earth Mining Index is an enterprise mining index promulgated by the State Council of China, targeting strategic metal resources such as rare earth, tungsten, and molybdenum. In 2020, China's total control indicators for the mining, smelting and separation of rare earth ore (rare earth oxide REO) are 140,000 tons and 135,000 tons respectively. Compared with 2019, mineral products increased by 6.1%, and smelting and separated products increased by 6.3% in 2020.

According to the analyst analysis, the mining and refining of rare earth in China is monopolized by six major state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Non-SOEs only have access to downstream industries such as the production and application of rare earth materials.

At present, the annual production capacity of rare earth separation enterprises in China is about 400,000 tons, and the global annual demand is about 200,000 tons. The international market demand is about 90,000-100,000 tons, and the domestic market demand is about 100,000 tons.

China's rare earth dominance in the global market still exists, but its dominant advantage is gradually weakening. With the increase in local mining efforts in the United States, Japan, Australia and other countries, China's rare earth production has fallen from 81.4% in 2016 to 58.3% in 2020. In 2020, China's actual production of rare earth will exceed 150,000 tons, which is higher than the quota. The reason is that there are illegal mining and smuggling. There is no tax to engage in illegal mining and smuggling of rare earth, and the profit rate is very high, so it cannot be completely eliminated.

The analysis shows that the prices of rare earth oxides and metals in China in 2020 are mostly higher than that in 2019. With the continuous escalation of the Chinese government's crackdown on the illegal mining of rare earth and the adoption of policies such as the national reserve of rare earth, it is expected that rare earth prices can increase in the next few years.

The downstream demand for rare earth is divided into five major sectors: permanent magnet materials, catalytic materials, luminescent materials, polishing materials, and hydrogen storage materials. With the rapid development of global high-tech industries, rare earth is being applied to more high-tech fields and the consumption of rare earth new materials is growing rapidly. The new energy vehicle industry, the wind power industry and other consumers of rare earth all have a promising future, which promotes the development of the rare earth industry.

Topics Covered:

Global supply of and demand for rare earth
Global trade of rare earth
Chinese government's policies on rare earth
Rare earth production in China
Demand for rare earth in China
China's rare earth imports and exports
Price trends of rare earth and rare earth materials in China
Major rare earth mining and refining enterprises in China
Major producers of rare earth materials in China
Driving forces and market opportunities for China's rare earth industry from 2021 to 2025
Forecast on the supply of and demand for rare earth in China from 2021 to 2025

Companies Mentioned

Aluminum Corporation of China Limited
Antai Technology Co., Ltd.
Baotou Steel (Group) Co., Ltd.
Beijing Zhongke Sanhuan High-tech Co., Ltd.
Bgrimm Technology Co., Ltd.
Chengdu Yinhe Magnet Co., Ltd.
China Minmetals Corporation
China Minmetals Rare Earth Co., Ltd.
China Nonferrous Metals Industry's Foreign Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd.
China Northern Rare Earth (Group) High-Tech Co., Ltd.
Fujian Mindong Electric Power Co., Ltd.
Ganzhou Rare Earth Group Co., Ltd.
Grinm Advanced Materials Co.,Ltd.
Guangdong Fenghua Advanced Technology Holding Co., Ltd.
Guangdong Rare Earths Industry Group Co., Ltd.
Guangdong Weihua Corporation
Guangsheng Nonferrous Metals Co., Ltd.
Hengdian Group Dongci Magnetics Co., Ltd.
Hunan Corun New Energy Co., Ltd.
Innuovo Technology Co., Ltd.
Jiangxi Copper Industry Co., Ltd.
Lingyi Itech (Guangdong) Company
Minmetals Development Co., Ltd.
Ningbo Yunsheng Co., Ltd.
Nordisk Investment Co., Ltd.
Pengqi Technology Development Co., Ltd.
Shenghe Resources Holdings Co., Ltd.
Sinosteel Anhui Tianyuan Technology Co., Ltd.
Tiantong Holdings Co., Ltd.
Tibet Mining Development Co., Ltd.
Xiamen Tungsten Co., Ltd.
Xiamen Tungsten Industry Co., Ltd.
Yantai Zhenghai Magnetic Material Co., Ltd.

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