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Soaring rare earths prices ease Lynas’ water problems

An unreliable water supply has once again hit Lynas’ Malaysian business, but the doubling of rare earths prices has papered over the cracks

  • Peter Ker

This Month


Taylor Collison launches Heavy Rare Earths IPO; cornerstones locked

Taylor Collison is towing WA explorer Heavy Rare Earths to the ASX boards, with its mining investors Martin Holland and David Hannon expected to top up their existing shareholdings.

  • Jessica Sier, Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Anthony Macdonald


Lynas' Mount Weld mine in Western Australia.

Miners ‘targeted’ in pro-China cyberwar claim

An army of fake social media accounts allegedly tried to incite protests against Lynas Rare Earths as part of a campaign to bolster China’s national interest.

  • Peter Ker


An EV assembly line in Liuzhou, China.

EVs overtake phones as top source of cobalt demand

The price of the rare metal has surged on supply concerns and proliferation of battery-powered cars.

  • Neil Hume
Lynas boss Amanda Lacaze spoke at the Macquarie Bank Conference on Thursday.

China’s dominance could disrupt rare earths market, warns Lynas chief

Lynas’ Amanda Lacaze said China’s 80 per cent share of global supply gave it enough ‘ammunition’ to increase production when and as it wants.

  • Jessica Sier


Growth plans wait for no one, not even governments: Lynas boss

Amanda Lacaze says she will no longer wait for government support and will present an accelerated growth plan to investors within months.

  • Peter Ker
Billionaire Chris Ellison is the largest shareholder in rare earths miner VHM.

Rare earths player VHM readies for $320m-odd float

Chris Ellison-backed rare earths miner VHM has upped its pre-IPO convertible note round to $25 million, ahead of IPO cornerstone presentations in May.

  • Yolanda Redrup, Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Anthony Macdonald

Joe Biden backs Australian graphite miner Syrah

The US government has joined Australia’s biggest superannuation fund and electric car giant Tesla in backing Syrah Resources with a $145 million loan.

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  • Peter Ker
Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze says demand for rare earths remains strong, particularly from the automotive industry.

Lynas says rare earths buyers banging down the door

Lynas says it is being inundated by rare earths buyers amid a global scramble to secure supply, as it reported record quarterly revenue and production.

  • Michael Bennet
Street Talk.

Ionic Rare Earths in $25m placement

Listed explorer Ionic Rare Earths was asking investors for $25 million on Thursday morning to fund exploration at its Ugandan project Makuutu.

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood

Iluka says bipartisan funding wave looms for critical minerals

Several Australian miners are close to securing funding from Australia’s major defence partners amid a global push to secure rare earths.

  • Peter Ker

lluka shares soar on WA rare earths refinery funding

The federal government will help Iluka Resources build the first rare earths separation facility on Australian soil.

  • Peter Ker


Generation Z sees mining in a negative light despite its crucial role in a decarbonised economy.

Mining is failing to attract sceptical Gen Zs

Natural resources companies need to align their recruitment strategies with Gen Z’s expectations and aspirations.

  • Julie Hare
Cobalt Blue chief executive Joe Kaderavek.

Cobalt mine expedited to catch up with China, Russia, Congo

Cobalt Blue has been granted ‘major project status’ for a $560 million plant that proponents say will boost Australia’s role in lithium battery supply chains.

  • Jacob Greber
Street Talk.

Medtech Anteris, explorer RareX in placements

Listed medtech Anteris Technologies and rare earths explorer RareX were pitching investors for fresh funds on Tuesday morning.

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood


Amanda Lacaze has overseen a seven-fold increase in the Lynas share price over the past two years.

Cashed-up Lynas may look beyond US if Biden support wanes

Lynas’ plans for a US government-backed refinery remain alive despite Washington funding a rival project this week. But Lynas may go elsewhere if support fails.

  • Peter Ker

Iluka closes in on rare earths refinery decision

A plan to build Australia’s first domestic rare earths refinery could be finalised within months and Iluka is encouraged by funding talks with the government.

  • Peter Ker
President Joe Biden tours a General Motors electric vehicle factory in Detroit.

US plans to boost mineral supply for electric vehicles

The White House wants to make the United States less dependent on foreign products, given supply chain disruptions that have helped fuel inflation.

  • Ana Swanson

China swoops on Australian rare earths junior

A Chinese investor is poised to buy a strategic stake in ASX-listed rare earths aspirant Peak Rare Earths.

  • Peter Ker
Australians love solar, says inventor and entrepreneur Saul Griffith.

How Australians can cut emissions – and save $5000 a year

The electrification of households, powered by renewables, can halve energy use, fire up the economy and cut our living costs.

  • Saul Griffith