17 Aug '11, 7pm

China's Wind Power Sector Struggles with Rare Earth Price Hikes

The recent price surges have forced many industry players to halt production or create a complete industry chain by expanding into the upstream sector. The price hikes are expected to intensify the already fierce competition in the sector, causing those who lack capital and expertise to be squeezed out altogether, according to an industry insider. Rare Earth Price Skyrockets China's rare earth prices have risen significantly since July 2010, exceeding 200 percent since the beginning of this year, with some categories reaching 600 to 1,000 percent. One of the key reasons for the price explosion is the Chinese government’s introduction of a levy on rare earth resources as of April 1 of this year, said Zhou Jianxiong, Chairman of Hunan province-based Xiangtan Electric Manufacturing . In addition, on May 19th the State Council of China released a document outlining the council...

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