Media Coverage

Mining Magazine, Geomega to recycle USA Rare Earth’s waste

Mining Magazine, Geomega to recycle USA Rare Earth’s waste, Craig Guthrie

“Geomega will recycle the production waste from USA Rare Earth’s future production of sintered neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets (sintered neo magnets) in the United States. USA Rare Earth, which purchased the sintered neo magnet manufacturing equipment from Hitachi Metals America earlier this year, is currently evaluating options for the location of its plant. NdFeB magnets are the most widely used type of rare-earth magnet. These magnets offer the best performance in electric motors, and over 90% of EV models currently use NdFeB-based permanent magnet motors as part of the EV drivetrain, according to commodity research firm Roskill. USA Rare Earth plans for its plant, which will be supplied by the firm’s Round Top Heavy Rare Earth and Critical Minerals Project in West Texas, envisage production of in excess of 2,000 tonnes of sintered neo magnets per year, or approximately 17% of current US demand for neo magnets. “

Geomega to recycle USA Rare Earth’s waste

Geomega will recycle the production waste from USA Rare Earth’s future production of sintered neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets (sintered neo magnets) in the United States. USA Rare Earth, which purchased the sintered neo magnet manufacturing equipment from Hitachi Metals America earlier this year, is currently evaluating options for the location of its plant.

“The process of manufacturing and machining neo magnet blocks generates up to 30% swarf and scrap (up to 600t), which needs to be recycled. This and material from machining of other blocks will be the feed for Geomega’s recycling plant located in St-Bruno, Quebec which, after processing, could become a rare earth oxide feed required for USA Rare Earth’s magnet plant.”