Lifton on Liberating Global Markets from Chinese Dependence
nonApril 20, 2016 – In a special interview, InvestorIntel speaks with technology metals advisor Jack Lifton, about his insights on Ucore’s SuperLig®-One rare earth separation pilot plant and its implications for the future of tech metals processing. Jack explains how SuperLig® technology make Ucore “the company to beat” in the non-Chinese tech metals refining space. Jack also touches on the broad capabilities of the technology to separate not only the rare earth elements (REE’s, rare earths), but cleantech metals such as lithium, cobalt, tungsten, and many more. He qualifies the scale of the opportunity as global: “I’m sure that it won’t be very long before there are these types of plants operated by your company around the world. Where the feed stock is, quite frankly, available in – from India, southeast Asia, Africa, South America and North America and Australia. In other words, the entire world.”
Excerpt from interview with Jack Lifton: “This pilot plan puts the U.S. and the rest of the non-Chinese world back on the scoreboard because what we have here is for the first time a new, much more efficient, more economic system of producing very high purity technology materials, metals and materials. And the reason the Chinese have dominated this field for so long is because they have the entire supply chain. And so we can, quite frankly, dig all the holes we want. It doesn’t do any good because we can’t process material.
What this brings back to the market, American, domestic, whatever you want to call it, is the ability to be competitive. And so companies here, for example, that don’t want to make products with technology metals and materials because the only source is foreign and typically China and they can’t get them except at the behest of the Chinese, now they have an option. They have an alternative. And I guarantee you this is going to create a great deal of investment in high tech because high tech is based on technology, metals and materials and that’s what you’re going to be producing.
At the moment there is no other place in the world outside of China that is capable of producing heavy rare earth metals in high purity form or midrange metals for that matter, rare earths. So you’re adding value to the entire technology world outside of China. We’re never going to be competitive unless people like you bring businesses like this into existence…to access the complete interview, click here
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