'One of the global challenges facing many European countries is
access to strategically important raw materials. If we are to
retain production of new technology and alternative forms of energy
in Europe, companies must have access to critical raw materials'.
This is emphasised by Director General and CEO, Karsten Dybvad, DI
in Global Benchmark Report 2011. Further, REEs are con-sidered as
the raw material with the highest risk, according to The European
Commission and a more 'circular economy' is recommended. REE
materials and permanent magnets are related to the high-end
production - and is acknowledged as a growth industry, where the
future industrial jobs will be generated.
Several industrial segments will benefit:
International raw materials and recycling industry: the
international interest for the minerals in Greenland may attract
new activities. The group is represented in the consortium by
Tanbreez Mining Greenland A/S. Although mainly Danish staff is
employed by Tanbreez Mining Greenland A/S, it has an international
profile, due to its parent Australian based Rimbal Pty Ltd.
The recycling industry: today, enterprises and end
users demand lifecycle documentation of products and components
from sub-suppliers. Therefore, the recycling industry, here
represented by HJ Hansen Recycling, has become increasingly
important. In this consortium, new chemical processes and handling
of advanced materials will be provided to the mining and recycling
Equipment and component manufacturer: a significant
number of SMEs within this sector are subcontractors to the energy
sector, water/air management and vehicle industry. Some of the most
advanced companies are Sintex, Holm Magnets, FJ Industries and
Technoflex, who will take part in this consortium.
In REEgain, new materials and process solutions will be provided
to this industry. Also energy technology based companies such as
Envision Energy ApS will benefit from the consortium, by the
improved components and a safer supply chain.
In addition, Hi-Fi industry, water and air
management industry will benefit from this consortium via a
more safe supply chain, and a supply of magnets/REE that are traded
in the open market.