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BYD – Defense Metals, VW – The Next Boom After Hydrogen

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0 Comments| October 29, 2020

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Demand not to cover

The situation is dramatic with the scarcity of "rare earth". Permanent magnets for electric motors are produced based on rare earth metals. In ten years, the experts at Adamas Intelligence predict that the demand for rare earth oxides for use in magnets will increase from the current USD 2.98 billion to USD 15.65 billion. The analysts of Adamas Intelligence see by far the most significant demand for magnetic rare earth such as neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium, and terbium.

Almost 80% of rare earth metals are produced in China. The trade conflict between the USA and China is still ongoing and is not likely to calm down after the possible re-election of Donald Trump. As early as 2019, the Middle Kingdom threatened to stop exporting rare earth metals to the USA. Alternatives ex-China are therefore needed here as quickly as possible.

Current production capacities too low

The short-term view of a period of three to five years is incredibly critical. The reason being, the demand for rare earth is exploding to such an extent that production capacities, which are already insufficient today, are likely to collapse. Enormous investments in the mining industry are needed here to increase supply.


The Canadian mineral exploration Company Defense Metals Corp. (TSX-V: DEFN) can already point to tangible successes in this area. Founded in 2016, the Company focuses on the acquisition of mineral deposits containing metals and elements used in the production of renewable energy technologies, such as rare earth magnets.

The main focus is on the Wicheeda project in the province of British Columbia. According to the Company, the mineral resources are 4.9 million tonnes at an average grade of 3.02% LREO (light rare earth metals), and inferred mineral resources are 12.1 million tonnes at an average grade of 2.90% LREO.

Unique Positioning

About four weeks ago, the Company received the final report of the study, which was prepared by SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification Company. Craig Taylor, CEO of Defense Metals commented:

"The success of the flotation pilot and 1,200 kilograms of high-grade REE concentrate produced places Defense Metals and the Wicheeda REE deposit among rare company and opens the door to future hydrometallurgical pilot trials at SGS, with the ultimate goal of producing a Nd-Pr oxide product stream."

Defense Metals is at the beginning of a success story. At the moment the market capitalization is a mere EUR 6.00 million. An entry into the stock would be a bet on the future. However, if you see the exponentially growing demand for electric vehicles, you can't ignore the producers of the raw materials.

Conflict of interest & risk note:

In accordance with §34b WpHG we would like to point out that Apaton Finance GmbH as well as partners, authors or employees of Apaton Finance GmbH may hold long or short positions in the aforementioned companies and that there may therefore be a conflict of interest. Apaton Finance GmbH may have a paid contractual relationship with the company, which is reported on in the context of the Apaton Finance GmbH Internet offer as well as in the social media, on partner sites or in e-mail messages. Further details can be found in our Conflict of Interest & Risk Disclosure.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Defense Metals Corp. is a client of Stockhouse Publishing.

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