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From Technology Metals Research:
On December 28, 2010 the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced the allocation of rare-earth export quotas to individual companies operating in China, for the first half of 2011. Including a provisional allocation of a small export quota likely to be awarded in March 2011, the total allocation for H1-2011 is 14,508 t of rare-earth materials. As previously mentioned at TMR, there was some initial confusion in the subsequent press reports on the numbers associated with the announcement – or more specifically comparisons with H1-2011 figures.
The individual allocations of quotas are listed in the table below, divided into lists for Chinese- and foreign-owned companies. The two lists are sorted from highest-to-lowest allocation. It can be seen that the rare-earth enterprises operated by Rhodia (Baotou Rhodia Rare Earth Company and Liyang Rhodia Rare Earth New Materials Company) and Neo Material Technologies (Zibo Jiahua Advanced Material Resources Company and Jiangyin Jiahua Advanced Material Resources Company) received between them the majority of quota allocations for foreign-owned companies, operating in China.
The original announcement was published on the Ministry’s Web site, in the Chinese language (naturally). Associated English language versions, picked up and reported on by the mainstream media, neglected to include some interesting details on how the allocations were made to the individual companies.
Allocation of rare-earth export quotas to individual companies in China, for H1-2011. Source: Chinese Ministry of Commerce Exporting Company: Chinese-Owned Allocation (tonnes) Baotou Huamei Rare Earth Hi-Tech Company 954 Inner Mongolia Baogang Hefa Rare Earth Company 750 Leshan Shenghe Rare Earth Technology Company 750 China Minmetals Corporation 747 Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare Earth Hi-Tech Company 740 Shandong Pengyu Industrial Company 709 Gansu Rare Earth New Materials Company 689 Yiyang Hongyuan Rare Earth Company 594 Sinosteel Corporation 584 China Nonferrous Import-Export Company Jiangsu Branch 493 Jiangxi Golden Century Advanced Materials Company 432 Guangdong Rising Nonferrous Metals Group Company 431 Xuzhou Jinshi Pengyuan Rare Earth Materials Company 410 Jiangxi South Rare Earths Hi-Tech Company 401 Ganzhou Chenguang Rare Earth New Materials Company 374 Grirem Advanced Materials Company 333 Ganzhou Qiandong Rare Earth Group Company 329 Funing Rare Earth Industry Company 327 Jiangsu Geo Quin Nano Rare Earth Company 251 Changshu Shengchang Rare Earth Smelting Company 196 Guangdong Zhujiang Rare Earth Company 166 Ganxian Hongjin Rare Earth Company 102 Exporting Company: Foreign-Owned Allocation (tonnes) Baotou Rhodia Rare Earth Company 867 Zibo Jiahua Advanced Material Resources Company 805 Jiangyin Jiahua Advanced Material Resources Company 481 Yixing Xinwei Leeshing Rare Earth Company 440 Liyang Rhodia Rare Earth New Materials Company 324 Huhhot Rongxin New Metal Smelting Company 296 Baotou Tianjiao Seimi Rare Earth Polishing Powder Company 251 Baotou Santoku Battery Materials Company 127 Baotou Huaxin Smelting Company 93 Pingyuan Sanxie Rare Earth Smelting Company* 62 Sub-Total: Chinese-Owned 10,762 Sub-Total: Foreign-Owned 3,746 Total for H1-2011 14,508
* The quota allocated to Pingyuan Sanxie Rare Earth Smelting Company is provisional, and will only be allocated once its infrastructure improvements have been inspected and approved by a local regulatory agency in March 2011.