- Ionic Rare Elements is an exploration and mining company that is cultivating a promising basket of rare earth metals, which includes magnet rare earths neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium, in high demand to feed the insatiable demand for Evs and offshore wind turbines
- Makuutu's unique rare earth basket has the full list of all individual REEs required for the future industries dependent upon a secure and stable supply
- The Makuutu project is a low-capital development that will produce a high-margin product
- Rare earth metals already have many applications, but a forecast demand of these technology metals already exceeds potential supply indicating that long term REE pricing is set for significant gains
- The Makuutu project is considered the third-largest scandium resource globally, and has the potential to produce many other in-demand REEs
- IonicRE is dedicated to developing and extracting value from the Makuutu project with a potential of extending to 2050 and beyond
- IonicRE is planning on developing heavy rare earth refining capacity and supplying western markets as the next step in maximising the value of the Makuutu basket in a climate of strained supply.
- IonicRE’s magnet recycling business Ionic Technologies has executed landmark partnership agreements with Ford Technologies, Less Common Metals and the British Geological Survey to create a UK rare earth supply chain from recycled magnets.
- The UK government will support the partnership with a £1-million project focused on delivering the UK’s first domestic sourcing of separated high-purity magnet rare earth oxides (REOs).
Rare earth metals are best classified as difficult to discover and extract. In 2019, nearly 60 percent of global annual production (an estimated 132,000 tonnes) came from China, with only 12.2 percent of production coming from the second largest producer, the United States. But, what are rare earth metals ? And why are they more important than ever?
Known as the seeds of technology, rare earth metals set to play an ever growing important role in the future of clean energy , as well as serving as a key ingredient in the permanent magnets found in wind turbines and electric vehicles. With such rapid forecast demand looming it's clear why this segment of the mining industry is attracting attention.
Ionic Rare Earths (ASX: IXR , or "IonicRE") is an exploration and mining development company that aims to create rare opportunities for investors by operating a low capital operation with a high-margin product. The company has 51 percent ownership (earning up to 60 percent) over its flagship Makuutu project located in Uganda.
Makuutu is an advanced-stage, ionic adsorption clay (IAC) hosted rare earth element (REE) project highlighted by near-surface mineralisation, significant exploration upside, excellent metallurgical characteristics, and access to tier one infrastructure. The clay-hosted geology at Makuutu is similar to major IAC rare earths projects in southern China, which are responsible for the majority of global supply of low-cost, high-value Heavy REOs (>95 percent originating from IAC). Metallurgical testing at Makuutu has returned excellent recovery rates, which provide multiple avenues for a low-CAPEX process route. Makuutu is well-supported by tier-one existing infrastructure which includes access to major highways, roads, power, water and a professional workforce.
Makuutu will produce a mixed rare earth carbonate (MREC) product, and has a post-tax long-term free cash flow estimate of US$766 million over 11 years . The company’s 2030 forecast pricing of Makuutu REO basket is between US$90/kg (downside case) to US$142/kg (upside case) while the 2035 forecast pricing of Makuutu REO basket is between US$123/kg (downside case) to US$155/kg (upside case).
Ionic Rare Earths is led by a strong corporate management team with decades of applicable experience. Trevor Benson, the chairman, has over 30 years experience with investment banking and stockbroking, focusing on the resources sector. Tim Harrison, managing director, brings 20 years of experience in mineral processing and hydrometallurgy. Max McGarvie, the non-executive director, has 45 years of experience in mining development and mineral processing. Combined, the experienced management team is fully equipped to lead Ionic Rare Earths to success.