AES New York 2011
Friday, October 21, 4:30 pm — 6:30 pm (Room: 1E13)
W9 - Neodymium; Coping With The Consequences of Supply and Demand Elasticity
John Ebert, Yungsheng
Alexander King, Ames Laboratory
Stan Trout, Molycorp
The use of Neodymium Iron Boron magnets has been increasing over the last few decades to address the demands of compact high energy motor applications. Loudspeakers have been adapting the “super magnets” to delicately balance the size/performance ratio demands in today’s marketplace. In recent months, the availability of Neodymium has been shrinking while the cost of the magnets, which use the rare earth element, has skyrocketed. The workshop will serve as a forum for industry professionals, from all aspects of the value chain, to gather and collectively discuss and begin to address the facts and myths surrounding the global issue which has caused significant paradigm shifts in the way we think about the future of the industry.
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