Comments on House of Commons Committee on Natural Resources Report on Rare Earths
This summary was the outcome of a motion passed by the Committee to study the "rare earths industry in Canada, given its economic potential and strategic relevance".
See link to official document below.
Hearings were held during late 2013 and early 2014. Avalon Rare Metals' Pierre Neatby, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, appeared before the Committee in February 2014, where he noted there is a race to supply rare earths to the supply chain on a global scale and that "Canada's opportunity is now". Mr. Neatby echoed the view shared by a cross section of industry players that the Canadian government should publicly support the development of this important emerging sector to become a serious global player in the industry. A panel with members from the Canadian Rare Earth Element Network ("CREEN"), of which Avalon is a founding member and active participant, also appeared before the Committee.
In addition to describing some of the basics of the rare earth element industry including applications, global supply and demand and the role of China, the document discusses the potential economic and strategic opportunity for Canada and the key challenges facing rare earth development projects in Canada. It also speaks to current initiatives that support Canada's REE industry, including CREEN, in its concluding section titled "The Role of the Federal Government in Advancing Canada's Rare Earth Industry."
Avalon is encouraged to see the Canadian government's growing interest in the sector; however, as noted in the document, "Canada's public investment in REE research and development is relatively small". Avalon continues to work with Natural Resources Canada ("NRCan") and CREEN to promote increased Canadian government support for the industry.
CREEN's first Technical Workshop in Ottawa on June 17, 2014 was attended by Avalon's Senior Vice-President, Metallurgy, Dave Marsh, and Senior Metallurgist, Henrietta Notzl. The workshop was co-sponsored by NRCan, Canadian Mineral Processors and the Metallurgy and Materials Society, and engaged rare earth process technology leaders from industry and academia. The main outcome was identifying and prioritizing pre-competitive research and development projects and targeted solutions expected to bring Canadian production into service by 2018. CREEN is in the process of fleshing out the proposed project lists, securing collaborative project sponsors and R&D funding. CREEN is also working on partnering with other national and international organizations to leverage existing research initiatives and funding opportunities.
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Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. (TSE:AVL) (OTCMKTS:AVLNF) (formerly Avalon Rare Metals) is a Canadian mineral development company specializing in niche market metals and minerals with growing demand in new technology. The Company has three advanced stage projects, all 100%-owned, providing investors with exposure to lithium, tin and indium, as well as rare earth elements, tantalum, niobium, and zirconium. Avalon is currently focusing on its Separation Rapids Lithium Project, Kenora, ON and its East Kemptville Tin-Indium Project, Yarmouth, NS. Social responsibility and environmental stewardship are corporate cornerstones.
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