Contruction Executivehttps://www.constructionexec.com/ has published an article written by Almonty Industries’ CEO Lewis Black, titled ‘International Trade: A Game Plan for Rare Earths and Strategic Metals‘.

In the article, Lewis explains how China currently controls the market for nearly 35 precious minerals and metals that are important for production and manufacturing. However, he goes on to explain how new market entrants have begun mining projects that are critical to increasing supply levels and exports back to the United States:

Article by Lewis Black,  Construction Executive: The trade relations between China and the United States have been tense over the last few years. This past January, China and the United States signed a “phase one” trade deal, in which China agreed to buy an additional $200 billion of American goods and services over the following two years. This deal resulted in the suspension of a planned tariff last December on approximately $162 billion worth of Chinese goods, with an existing 15% duty on imports worth around $110 billion halved.

While the tariffs affect many different types of goods that are imported and exported between the two countries, another battle is brewing in this growing trade war: strategic metals.

CHINA HAS DOMINATED THE SUPPLY CHAIN

For years, China and the United States have disputed about the trade of strategic earth metals. Research firms and industry observers believe China values its strategic metals dominance for geopolitical values over commercial gain.

Rare specialty metals, such as tungsten, are used for a variety of advanced technologies in industrial manufacturing, as well as mining operations such as heavy-duty construction and drilling equipment. The metal is also used in the automotive, aerospace and defense industries.

According to a report by consulting firm Horizon Advisory, China cultivated its rare-earth industry through years of state subsidies and could be prepared to use it as a geopolitical weapon.

China controls the market for nearly 35 precious minerals and metals that are important to the United States for production and manufacturing, and tungsten is among them. Furthermore, the second largest tungsten supplier, located in Vietnam, had sourced 6 million metric tons last year. Other regions outside of the United States, such as Russia, Austria and the United Kingdom, are also known to have important tungsten sources.

International Trade: A Game Plan for Rare Earths and Strategic Metals

WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR RARE EARTHS

China has limited the amount of tungsten exports that can be shipped to the United States, and this has caused great concern about its overall supply chain.

In what was seen as an aggressive move, Chinese President Xi Jinping toured a region of the country last year that bills itself as a rare-earths kingdom, and this rhetoric was widely viewed as China strong-arming much of the rest of the world and flexing its muscle for strategic metals supply.

What’s at stake is a more bountiful supply chain of strategic metals such as tungsten. To combat this, the U.S. Defense Department is starting a new grants program to help develop a processing facility at Mountain Pass in California, currently the only U.S-based mine for rare-earths materials. However, U.S. manufacturers need more supply, and soon.

NEW TUNGSTEN PRODUCTION WILL OPEN THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

Other new entrants into the market have begun mining projects throughout the world that are mining for tungsten. These efforts are critically important to increase supply levels and exports back to the United States, which will benefit the overall global supply chain of tungsten for production and manufacturing.

For example, the Korea Tungsten project, located in the Sangdong Mine of South Korea, hosts one of the largest tungsten resources in the world. This mine was the leading global tungsten producer for more than 40 years, and it has the potential to produce 50% of the world’s tungsten supply. The project has become a center of focus recently for resource experts, miners, investors, shareholders and other interested parties around the globe.

Without access to rare-earths, the consequences of a continued strained supply of these metals would be disastrous to the U.S. economy, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Opening the supply chain for these rare-earths would help alleviate any supply threats that continue to grow from China and its long-held dominance of the market.

About Almonty

The principal business of Toronto, Canada-based Almonty Industries Inc. is the mining, processing and shipping of tungsten concentrate from its Los Santos Mine in western Spain and its Panasqueira mine in Portugal as well as the development of its Sangdong tungsten mine in Gangwon Province, South Korea and the development of the Valtreixal tin/tungsten project in north western Spain.

The Los Santos Mine was acquired by Almonty in September 2011 and is located approximately 50 kilometres from Salamanca in western Spain and produces tungsten concentrate. The Panasqueira mine, which has been in production since 1896, is located approximately 260 kilometres northeast of Lisbon, Portugal, was acquired in January 2016 and produces tungsten concentrate.

The Sangdong mine, which was historically one of the largest tungsten mines in the world and one of the few long-life, high-grade tungsten deposits outside of China, was acquired in September 2015 through the acquisition of a 100% interest in Woulfe Mining Corp.

Almonty owns 100% of the Valtreixal tin-tungsten project in north-western Spain.

Further information about Almonty’s activities may be found at www.almonty.com and under Almonty’s profile at www.sedar.com.

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For further information, please contact:

Lewis Black
Chairman, President and CEO
Telephone: +1 647-438-9766
E-mail: info@almonty.com

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